Boris "pianifica un incontro faccia a faccia con Biden? PM’s allies increasingly confident after leading rebel backs down as coup would be an ‘indulgence’ during the Ukraine crisis
Il attempted Tory coup against Boris Johnson is over, allies of the Prime Minister said last night.
Senior figures close to the PM believe his leadership during the Ukraine crisis has persuaded mutinous Tory MPs to think again about ousting him before the next election.
Allies believe he will now survive even if he is fined by the police over Party-gate, which triggered the collapse in confidence in his leadership.
Senior figures close to Boris Johnson (pictured in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday) believe his leadership during the Ukraine crisis has persuaded mutinous Tory MPs to think again about ousting him before the next election
Andrew Bridgen revealed yesterday that he had withdrawn his letter of no confidence in Mr Johnson because of the war in Ukraine.
The Brexiteer MP said in January that apparent breaches of lockdown rules in Downing Street had revealed a ‘moral vacuum at the heart of government’ that made the PM’s position ‘untenable’.
Yesterday Mr Bridgen said he remained ‘appalled’ by revelations about the events at No 10, but said that the ‘situation has changed’ as a result of the Ukraine crisis.
‘It would be an indulgence to have a vote of no confidence at the time of an international emergency, and this is not going to go away quickly,’ Egli ha detto. ‘We need Boris Johnson where he is, leading the country.’
Last week Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, also withdrew his letter. Mr Johnson will address the Scottish Conservative Party conference today after his invitation, which had been withdrawn, was reinstated.
Allies believe PM will now survive even if he is fined by the police over Party-gate, which triggered the collapse in confidence in his leadership. Nella foto: Boris Johnson and staff pictured with wine in Downing Street garden in May 2020 when the UK was under Covid restrictions
Tory MPs can trigger a confidence vote in the PM if at least 15 per cent of them hand letters to the 1922 Committee headed by backbencher Sir Graham Brady. The tally remains confidential until the key threshold is reached.
A Cabinet ally of the PM said: ‘It was never as close as was being made out, but there was a period of a few days when it looked like things could snowball into a confidence vote that would have been very damaging.
‘That’s over now. He knows – everyone knows – that massive mistakes were made over behaviour in No 10. But the war in Ukraine has put things in perspective for people. The police will do whatever they have to do, but I think his leadership has given colleagues new confidence in him. People are seeing the big picture. He will lead the party into the next election now – and he will win it.’
The source said that reforming the No 10 team and its relations with backbench MPs had also helped to calm the mood. ‘The only people who can get rid of a Tory PM between elections are Tory MPs,’ ha detto la fonte. ‘Somehow that basic lesson had been forgotten in No 10, but it is not going to be forgotten again.’
A Tory critic of the PM insisted he was ‘not out of the woods’, aggiungendo: ‘There is no appetite for a contest now, but that does not mean the anger has gone away.’
At the height of the Partygate row in January almost all of the 31 Tory members of the Scottish Parliament called for Mr Johnson to go. Mr Ross had said his position was ‘untenable’.
The decision to withdraw the PM’s invitation to the party’s conference in Aberdeen prompted Jacob Rees-Mogg to brand Mr Ross a ‘lightweight’. Mr Johnson will now address the conference in person with a speech expected to focus on Ukraine.
Dopo 7 settimane (L'aumento del prezzo del carburante sta rendendo impossibile per le famiglie fare il pieno di auto e potrebbe causare un blocco "de facto".) Partygate probe gets more staff!
By Rebecca Camber, Crime and Security Editor for the Daily Mail
The Scotland Yard squad tasked with investigating Partygate has been expanded, it emerged yesterday.
The elite unit of detectives – known as the Special Enquiry Team – has been granted more resources as the probe enters its seventh week.
The highly specialised group originally consisted of eight senior officers.
But the Mail understands the squad has taken on more staff who will help investigate 12 gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall that allegedly breached Covid rules.
The Mail understands the squad has taken on more staff who will help investigate 12 gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall that allegedly breached Covid rules. Nella foto: Boris Johnson in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday
One member of staff said yesterday the team had ‘now got bigger’. Met Commander Catherine Roper, who leads the squad, has vowed to update the public when ‘significant progress is made in the investigative process’.
But as the probe threatens to drag into a second month, many Tories are growing frustrated with its slow progress, given the implications for the Prime Minister and his team if they are fined.
Officers have yet to hand penalties to anyone and are still in the process of sending out questionnaires to attendees. According to Downing Street, più di 80 questionnaires have been received by aides, officials and politicians demanding a response within seven days.
Boris Johnson – pictured with his aides and bottles of wine during lockdown – has returned his questionnaire.
però, with the focus at the heart of government now on Ukraine, some officials have asked for extra time while they take legal advice. Secondo le fonti, the force has now received a large number of responses. But it is taking time for officers to evaluate whether other people need to be contacted to verify claims.
The team are wading through more than 500 documents and cross-referencing accounts with more 300 CCTV images. Officers will consider responses before writing to attendees to warn them that they are being reported to the Criminal Records Office.
Conducted in the utmost secrecy, the team’s progress is being closely monitored by outgoing Commissioner Cressida Dick. Detectives have been told not to speak about the probe, even to colleagues.
Ieri, a Scotland Yard spokesman acknowledged growing pressure to provide an update and said officers themselves want to let the public know about their progress so far.