Downing St briefing war ramps up over PM 'bungling rail announcement'

Boris v Rishi round 2: Downing St briefing war ramps up as Treasury ‘accuses PM of bungling rail announcement’ – and No10 is forced to insist the premier is ‘wellamid claims angry MPs have started writing no-confidence letters

  • Boris Johnson is facing Conservative unrest after a bruising month and wave of negative briefings
  • Claims Rishi Sunak’s Treasury has been stoking criticism of the PM over sleaze and other alleged bungles
  • No10 has been forced to insist premier is ‘wellafter CBI speech amid claims MPs filing no-confidence letters
  • Tensions between ボリス・ジョンソン そして リシ・スナック are at risk of boiling over today with more vicious briefingafter No10 was forced to insist the PM is ‘wellfollowing his CBI meltdown.

    Amid rising Tory unrest, Treasury sources have hit out at Mr Johnson for ‘blowingannouncements including a huge £96billion rail upgrade.

    The bruising swipe came after senior 保守派 vented fury at a series of bungles, demanding he brings in experienced big beasts to sharpen up his ‘f****** awfulダウニング街 team.

    The premier’s shambolic speech at the CBI conferenceduring which he lost his thread and went on a rambling tangent about Peppa Pig Worldfuelled growing frustration.

    いくつか 19 MPs rebelled to vote against watering down the social care cap earlier this week, while dozens more abstained. The sleaze row is still festering and damaging the party in the polls, while the decision to downgrade plans for HS2 links and Northern Powerhouse rail strained relations with Tories in crucial Red Wall seats.

    There are even claims that some MPs have started sending no-confidence letters to the chair of the powerful 1922 committee Sir Graham Bradyalthough there is no immediate prospect of reaching the threshold for triggering a contest.

    A Treasury source told the Guardian the Integrated Rail Package had been a disaster partly because of the timing and ‘more carewas needed before making promises.

    ‘In the end what happened was that we blew a £96bn announcement that really should have been a lot more positive,’ 彼らは言った.

    But a No10 source hit back: ‘I’m not really sure how moving a date on the calendar would have made a substantive difference.

    Mr Johnson faces an important test later when he runs the gauntlet of PMQs in the House of Commons. Last week the government benches looked unusually thin amid anger at the botched handling of the sleaze row.

    Deputy PM Dominic Raab batted away criticism of Mr Johnson’s performance at the CBI, saying the premier is ‘ebullient and tiggerish’.

    ‘I know what the PM is like,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. ‘He wanted to make that point about the optimism that defines this country.

    Mr Raab said Mr Johnson does not ‘stick to the scriptlike other politicians in the past. ‘I just don’t think it is what the vast majority of voters listening to this showare focused on,’ 彼は言った.

    ボリス・ジョンソン (正しい) attends the service for murdered MP David Amess with (左から右へ) John Major, デビッドキャメロン, テリーザメイ, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle and Home Secretary Priti Patel

    ボリス・ジョンソン (正しい) attends the service for murdered MP David Amess with (左から右へ) John Major, デビッドキャメロン, テリーザメイ, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle and Home Secretary Priti Patel

    リシ・スナック

    The Integrated Rail Plan was launched last week

    Amid rising Tory unrest, sources at Rishi Sunak’s (左) Treasury have hit out at Mr Johnson for ‘blowingannouncements including a huge £96billion rail upgrade (正しい)

    Relations between No10 and No11 reached a low point over the summer, as the Chancellor made little secret of his irritation at Mr Johnson’s free-spending habits.

    The Budget appeared to have secured an uneasy truce, with massive tax rises being pushed through to fund commitments such as the £12billion a year extra for the NHS and social care.

    しかしながら, the latest storm suggests that the problems have not gone away.

    Tory insiders have pointed the finger squarely at Rishi Sunak’s allies for some of the most brutal briefing, including one line attributed by the BBC to a ‘senior Downing Street source’. ‘There is a lot of concern inside the building about the PMit’s just not working. Cabinet needs to wake up and demand serious changes,’ ソースは言った.

    One ally of Mr Johnson highlighted that the attribution of the quote had been changed from a ‘No10 sourceto a ‘Downing Street source’, 追加する: ‘I think you have to look a bit further down the street.

    A senior Conservative said tensions had resurfaced and No11 is ‘pushing hardto undermine Mr Johnson. ‘It is Rishi’s people, 100 パーセント,’ they told MailOnline. ‘They’re too far apart intellectually.

    Liam Booth-Smith, a key aide to Mr Sunak has been mentioned among the suspects.

    しかしながら, the Treasury has flatly denied any involvement in the vicious briefing saying the idea is ‘total made up rubbish’.

    ‘This is not from Liam or anyone else at the Treasury,’ said one source. ‘That suggestion is just an attempt to deflect the blame.

    Relations between Mr Sunak and No10 chief of staff Dan Rosenfield are said to have ‘not recoveredfrom a bruising spending review last month in which the Chancellor was ordered to shell out a £35billion windfall from lower borrowing rather than build a warchest for tax cuts.

    Mr Rosenfield has come in for particular criticism for failing to build a reliable machine that can see ‘elephant traps’, with a Tory aide dismissing him as ‘f****** awful’. There are calls for election guru Lynton Crosby to be drafted into knock heads together.

    One former minister told MailOnline that No10’s top staff are not up to the task and the operation is largely ‘run by teenagerswho cannot get the ‘disorganisedpremier into line. They said an experienced figure is needed to offer the same support as Willie Whitelaw famously gave Margaret Thatcher.

    Tories turned up the heat on 'chaotic and disrespectful' Mr Johnson after his shambolic speech to the CBI on Monday

    Tories turned up the heat on ‘chaotic and disrespectfulMr Johnson after his shambolic speech to the CBI on Monday

    The Johnson family seemed to be enjoying themselves on their trip to Peppa Pig World on Sunday

    The Johnson family seemed to be enjoying themselves on their trip to Peppa Pig World on Sunday

    いくつか 19 MPs rebelled to vote against watering down the social care cap earlier this week, while dozens more abstained

    いくつか 19 MPs rebelled to vote against watering down the social care cap earlier this week, while dozens more abstained

    Mr Johnson faces an important test later when he runs the gauntlet of PMQs in the House of Commons. Last week the government benches looked unusually thin amid anger at the botched handling of the sleaze row

    Mr Johnson faces an important test later when he runs the gauntlet of PMQs in the House of Commons. Last week the government benches looked unusually thin amid anger at the botched handling of the sleaze row

    Many in Government sense the hand of Dominic Cummings, the PM’s former chief adviser who has now transformed himself into Mr Johnson’s chief tormentor.

    Richard Holden, an influential member of the 2019 intake of ‘Red Wall’ トーリー党議員, told the grassroots website Conservative Home: ‘At a national level, it feels like the Government is missing chances to highlight the good work that such Conservative MPs are doing. And that it is making a few too many unforced errors.

    Baroness Ruth Davidson, former Scottish Conservative leader, branded the CBI speech ‘disrespectfulswiping that the country ‘deserves more than chaotic and unprepared boosterism’.

    But Mr Raab insisted Mr Johnson is ‘on great form’, and shrugged off reports that MPs are sending no-confidence letters as ‘Westminster tittle tattle’.

    He told BBC Breakfast: ‘The Prime Minister is on great form. The reality is people speak about speeches in the Westminster village, the gossip and all the rest of it.

    ‘It’s the job of Westminster commentators to pick up on one anonymous source from wherever they found it to criticise the Government of the day, that’s fine.

    Mr Raab went on: ‘The Prime Minister is an ebullient, bouncy, 楽観的, Tiggerish character and he livens up his speeches in a way that few politicians past and present have done but actually there is a steeliness to him as a Prime Minister and indeed his team, and we work as a team.

    Although No10 insists the PM is ‘focused on the issuesand he does not seem under imminent threat, the situation appears to be becoming more serious.

    Downing Street insisted yesterday that Mr Johnson is ‘well and he is focused on delivering for the public’.

    Mr Johnson was asked if ‘everything was OKfollowing the bizarre speech in which the Prime Minister lost his place in his notes, made car noises and talked about a trip to Peppa Pig World.

    ‘The Prime Minister briefly lost his place in a speech,’ his official spokesman said. ‘He has given hundreds of speeches. I don’t think it’s unusual for people on rare occasions to lose their place in a speech.

    The spokesman added: ‘The Prime Minister is very much focused on delivering for the public.

    No10 said: ‘The Prime Minister, as you have seen from Cabinet, is focused on the issues that we face as we come up to the winter months and delivering on important changes like social care.

    Asked whether Mr Johnson would gather a core group of ministers around him to offer adviceas suggested by former Cabinet minister Lord Haguethe spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister has an entire Cabinet to draw on who provide advice, as you would expect.

    The spokesman said he ‘wants people to be able to speak freely and give their viewsaround the Cabinet table.

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