A TORY MSP has admitted scandal surrounding the Prime Minister is “undoubtedly” damaging the party in Scotland.

Russell Findlay was grilled in a radio interview on Thursday morning after Boris Johnson’s announcement all remaining Covid rules in England would be scrapped – including mandatory self-isolation for those with the virus.

The opposition frontbencher admitted he had not been made aware of the announcement to move forward the lifting of all Covid rules south of the border a month earlier, which Johnson revealed in the Commons on Wednesday.

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It comes as another damning picture emerged, apparently showing Johnson with staff at a No 10 Christmas quiz – which appeared to break Covid rules – alongside crisps and a bottle of bubbly.

Grilled on the photograph, which was published by The Mirror on Wednesday, Findlay conceded: “It’s not a very impressive photograph, it’s not that many people will be pleased to see and it just adds to this impression there’s more out there and something needs to change, it’s not good enough.”

But he told Good Morning Scotland: “What we need to do just now is let the Metropolitan Police do their job, investigate this, speak to the witnesses and ascertain the exact circumstances and then take it from there.

“I’ve seen a photograph online, as you have, I don’t know the details of when it was taken, the circumstances, who was in the room. I know more than you but the police have answers to all those points in their review which will result in them being able to investigate or not.”

Asked if continuing questions about the Prime Minister’s fitness to lead was making it hard to focus on the Tories’ opposition job in Holyrood, Findlay insisted this was not the case.

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The party’s justice spokesperson said: “Undoubtedly it’s causing damage, but I think people can see Douglas Ross and the Scottish Conservatives are doing their own thing as the party of opposition holding the Holyrood government to account.”

He claimed the Scottish Conservatives focusing “on the job every day of the week”, pointing to a “back to normality” document the party produced earlier this week which calls for Covid rules to come to an end in Scotland.

He added: “Well I quite like being in the party. I’m quite new to politics and I like being in the party where there is the ability to have disagreements and respectfully take different views, unlike some other parties.”

Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, was branded a “lightweight” when he called for the Prime Minister to resign over partygate.