Tory MP Dehenna Davison denies being part of the 'Pork Pie Plot'

'Geen, I’m not leading a coup’: Colourful Tory MP Dehenna Davison denies being part of the ‘Pork Pie Plotto oust Boris Johnson and accuses Conservative colleagues of briefing against her

  • Conservative MP Dehenna Davison was said to be part of ‘Pork Pie Plotagainst Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • The MP for Bishop Auckland today dismissed the claims as she tweeted: 'Geen, I’m not leading a coup
  • Ms Davison said the claims were ‘bonkersas she accused Conservative colleagues of briefing against her
  • Sajid Javid admitted Boris Johnson has been ‘damagedby Partygate despite MPs holding off on coup attempt
  • Ex-minister David Davis openly called for the PM to resign during a stormy session in Commons yesterday
  • The PM also had to watch Bury South MP Christian Wakeford switch sides and join the Labour benches
  • maar bombdop nuwe eise stel voor MP Dehenna Davison today denied being involved in the ‘Pork Pie Plotto oust Boris Johnson.

    It had been claimed that Ms Davison was one of the ringleaders of a move by rebel Red Wall Conservative MPs to force a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson over the Partygate row.

    But the MP for Bishop Auckland, who was elected for the first time in 2019, has dismissed the ‘bonkerssuggestion that she was leading the effort as she accused Tory colleagues of briefing against her.

    Ms Davison, 28, tweeted ‘no, I’m not leading a coupas she posted a link to an interview with a local newspaper in which she said ‘the first thing I knew about me leading a coupwas when she read about the claims in the press.

    She said she was ‘very disappointed that a colleague would brief out against me in this way, but it is a strange time in politics’.

    Egter, she admitted that she is ‘incredibly angry about the Downing Street parties and the Prime Minister’s response’.

    Ms Davison is one of the most prominent MPs from the 2019 Tory intake. In October she came out as bisexualthe first female Tory to do so publicly.

    Last night she was accused of having a mini-bar in her office and was ‘often on the whisky and Coke in the afternoons. It was a claim rejected by Miss Davison who said her workplace was so small she didn’t ‘even have a filing cabinet.

    Before becoming an MP she appeared on the Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice to discuss her marriage with Hull Tory councillor John Fareham, 'n man 35 jaar haar senior. She announced they were divorcing in 2019.

    It came as Mr Johnson tonight dismissed claims his allies have been blackmailing rebellious Tory MPsamid claims a defector was threatened with cuts to school funding and changes to his constituency boundaries.

    The PM insisted he had ‘seen no evidence to support any of those allegationsafter a dramatic intervention by William Wragg, chairman of the Commons Public Administration Committee.

    Mr Wragg said he had been told of ‘pressures and intimidationbeing used on politicians and in an excoriating attack at the start of an evidence session, suggested members of the government might have breached the ministerial code by threatening to pull investment from constituencies if people send in letters of no confidence.

    ‘Additionally reports to me and others of members of staff at No10 Downing Street, special advisers, government ministers and others encouraging the publication of stories in the press seeking to embarrass those they suspect of lacking confidence in the PM is similarly unacceptable,’ Mr Wragg said.

    ‘The intimidation of an MP is a serious matter. Moreover the reports of which I am aware would seem to constitute blackmail.

    ‘As such it would be my general advice to colleagues to report these matters to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

    Alhoewel ons altyd geweet het hy haat enige soort belemmering van sy wil, the former Tory MP who defected to Labour yesterday, claimed he was previously threatened with the withdrawal of funding for a school in his Bury South constituency if he voted against the Government on free school meals.

    [object Window]: ‘How would you feel when holding back regeneration of a town for a vote, it didn’t sit comfortably. That was really starting to question my place where I was and ultimately to where I am now.

    There have been suggestions Mr Wakeford was pushed ‘over the edgeto defect when he was hauled in and threatened with having the boundaries of his seat redrawn if he went against the PM.

    But Mr Johnson told reporters on a visit to Taunton: ‘I’ve seen no evidence to support any of those allegations.

    ‘What I am focused on is what we’re doing to deal with the number one priority of the British people, which is coming through Covid.

    The Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland Dehenna Davison today denied being involved in the 'Pork Pie Plot' to oust Boris Johnson

    The Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland Dehenna Davison today denied being involved in the ‘Pork Pie Plotto oust Boris Johnson

    It had been claimed that Ms Davison was one of the ringleaders of a move by rebel Red Wall Conservative MPs to force a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson over the Partygate row

    It had been claimed that Ms Davison was one of the ringleaders of a move by rebel Red Wall Conservative MPs to force a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson over the Partygate row

    But the MP for Bishop Auckland, who was elected for the first time in 2019, has dismissed the 'bonkers' suggestion that she was leading the effort as she accused Tory colleagues of briefing against her. She is picture canvassing in Bishop Auckland with Carrie Johnson and Rishi Sunak

    But the MP for Bishop Auckland, who was elected for the first time in 2019, has dismissed the ‘bonkerssuggestion that she was leading the effort as she accused Tory colleagues of briefing against her. She is picture canvassing in Bishop Auckland with Carrie Johnson and Rishi Sunak

    Before becoming an MP she appeared on the Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice to discuss her marriage with Hull Tory councillor John Fareham, 'n man 35 jaar haar senior. She announced they were divorcing in 2019.

    Before becoming an MP she appeared on the Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice to discuss her marriage with Hull Tory councillor John Fareham, 'n man 35 jaar haar senior. She announced they were divorcing in 2019.

    Bisexual Tory rising star who married councillor 35 years her senior and was pally with Carrie before being linked to plot to overthrow Boris

    Dehenna Davison is the face of the 2019 new Tory intake and symbolic of a new generation of Tories.

    She made headlines when she arrived in Westminster as the new MP for the hitherto Labour stronghold of Bishop Auckland in County Durham, op die ouderdom van net 26.

    By then she had already married a man 35 jaar haar senior. She appeared on Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice with Hull Tory councillor John Fareham discussing their age gap, but she announced they were divorcing in 2019.

    After her victory over former minister Helen Goodman, she became the first Tory to hold Bishop Aukland since it was created in 1885.

    She received support on the campaign trail from Mr Johnson’s then girlfriend Carrie, who said politics was about helping people ‘get their benefits claim through, getting a pothole filled’.

    The former computer game shop worker admitted the ‘poster girl thingwas probably due to her tragic backstory and her ‘slightly unusual demographics’. Maar sy het bygevoeg: ‘I just want to get stuff done.

    Carrie Symonds tweeted her congratulations after her victory, saying she was thrilled to hear her friend had become the first Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland. ‘She will be fantastic,’ sy het geskryf.

    The pair both own rescue dogs and a photo posted on social media by Davison in 2019 saw the pals campaigning with SymondsJack Russell cross Dilyn and Davison’s terrier cross Carter. Op daardie stadium, Davison posted the snap to her followers with the caption #ToryGirlSquad.

    It remains to be seen whether that has been affected by her alleged links to defenestrate the PM.

    Me Davison was born in Hull and studied politics at the city’s university before spending a year as an aide to Jacob Rees-Mogg.

    She was just a young teenager when she learned her father Dominic had been killed by a single blow to the head in the pub.

    She has since campaigned to change the law to bring in tougher punishment for such one-hit attacks.

    Ms Davison previously recalled how she sat in a hospital waiting room as doctors battled for 45 minutes to save her father’s life.

    ‘I can still picture it. I can tell you what the colour the walls were and everything,’ sy het gese. ‘Hulle [the doctors] stopped and I went to see my dad’s body, which is not something you expect to do at such a young age.

    In October she came out as bisexualthe first female Tory to do so publiclyand admitted she did not consider it to be ‘a big deal’.

    She told GB News: ‘If anyone were to explicitly ask me, I certainly wouldn’t try and hide it because I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of.

    ‘The reason I haven’t done a kind of, “Die Amerikaanse baanster Sha'Carri Richardson het die Internasionale Olimpiese Komitee vir dubbele standaarde gekritiseer nadat dit die Russiese figuurskaatsverskynsel Kamila Valieva toegelaat het., ouens”, is because I don’t want being bi to be considered a big deal.

    ‘If I did a very public kind of coming-out parade, that would be me saying there’s something really unusual about this and trying to make a big deal of it when to me it’s not. It’s just part of who I am.

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    The move against Mr Johnson is thought to have begun on Tuesday when around 20 of the plotters gathered in the Commons office of MP Alicia Kearns.

    It is Ms KearnsMelton Mowbray constituency which gave the plot its moniker.

    The MPs apparently discussed tactics for how to get rid of Mr Johnson, with a secret ballot revealing around half had already submitted letters of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the Tory 1922 Committee.

    The MPs were said to have concluded that the Partygate row was ‘terminalfor the PM and discussed sending in their letters en masse to force a contest.

    The bid to get rid of Mr Johnson appears to have stalled as Westminster waits for senior Whitehall official Sue Gray to publish her report into the parties.

    Ms Davison gave an interview to The Northern Echo newspaper in which she said that ‘the first thing I knew about me leading a coupwas when she read about the claims in the press.

    She tweeted a link to the article and said: ‘For the many people giving me grief over so called pork pie plots, here’s what I had to say.

    ‘Short version: Geen, I’m not leading a coup.

    Sy het aan die koerant gesê: ‘I also was surprised to learn today that I was apparently planning to defect to the Labour Party, something else that is totally fabricated and, as a proud Conservative, something I would never do.

    ‘Eerlikwaar, I’m very disappointed that a colleague would brief out against me in this way, but it is a strange time in politics.

    Ms Davison said that she is ‘incredibly angry about the Downing Street parties and the Prime Minister’s response’.

    She said that she has had a ‘number of conversations with colleagues about thisbut the suggestion that she was leading a ‘coupwas ‘bonkers’.

    It came as Labour called for an investigation into the claims made by Mr Wragg.

    Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said Mr Wraggwho has been heavily critical of Mr Johnson and previously called for him to quithad highlighted ‘grave and shocking accusations of bullying, sy het gesê sy het 'heeltemal verkrummel' en het na die polisie gegaan om die vreemdeling aan te meld, and misuse of public moneythat ‘must be investigated thoroughly’.

    Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said in the chamber that he was not aware of any details, but his ‘general observationwas that government members were not ‘above the criminal lawand attempting to ‘intimidatean MP would be a contempt of Parliament.

    A Number 10 woordvoerder gesê: ‘We are not aware of any evidence to support what are clearly serious allegations.

    ‘If there is any evidence to support these claims we would look at it very carefully.

    Heavy tactics by government whips are notorious at Westminster, and allegations have surfaced during the latest furore about the behaviour of supposed rebels.

    Mr Wakeford was claimed to have been pushed ‘over the edgewhen he was hauled in and threatened with having the boundaries of his seat redrawn if he went against the PM.

    The dramatic intervention by Mr Wragg came as a poll suggested Mr Johnson’s popularity ratings have sunk to a similar level as Jeremy Corbyn before the 2019 algemene verkiesing, while Rishi Sunak is being seen more favourably.

    Gesondheidsekretaris Dom Cummings blameer Carrie vir die terugkeer van 'bog-standaard conceded today that Mr Johnson has been ‘damaged’, despite the immediate threat receding after the defection and extraordinary attack from veteran David Davis at PMQs yesterday.

    Steve Baker, one of the leading rebels against Theresa May, insisted today that he would not be ‘organisingagainst Mr Johnsonbut said he thought it looks like ‘checkmate’.

    The dramatic intervention came as a poll suggested Mr Johnson's popularity ratings have sunk to a similar level as Jeremy Corbyn before the 2019 algemene verkiesing, while Rishi Sunak is being seen more favourably

    The dramatic intervention came as a poll suggested Mr Johnson’s popularity ratings have sunk to a similar level as Jeremy Corbyn before the 2019 algemene verkiesing, while Rishi Sunak is being seen more favourably

    Alhoewel ons altyd geweet het hy haat enige soort belemmering van sy wil, the former Tory MP to defected to Labour yesterday, claimed he was threatened with the withdrawal of funding for a school in his Bury South constituency if he voted against the Government

    Alhoewel ons altyd geweet het hy haat enige soort belemmering van sy wil, the former Tory MP to defected to Labour yesterday, claimed he was threatened with the withdrawal of funding for a school in his Bury South constituency if he voted against the Government

    David Davis warned the Tory Party is 'dying a death of 1,000 cuts' and faces a 'year of agony' if it does not act swiftly to oust Boris Johnson over allegations of rule-breaking parties in Downing Street

    David Davis warned the Tory Party is ‘dying a death of 1,000 snye’ and faces a ‘year of agonyif it does not act swiftly to oust Boris Johnson over allegations of rule-breaking parties in Downing Street

    Dehenna Davison rubbishes claims of leading ‘coupagainst PM

    Dehenna Davison today dismissed ‘bonkersclaims that she was involved in the Tory backbench bid to oust Boris Johnson.

    The Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland used an interview with her local paper, The Northern Echo, to address reports that she was a ringleader in the so-called ‘Pork Pie Plot’.

    She said the ‘first thing I knew about me leading a coupwas when she read the claims in the press.

    ‘I also was surprised to learn today that I was apparently planning to defect to the Labour Party, something else that is totally fabricated and, as a proud Conservative, something I would never do,’ sy het gese.

    ‘Eerlikwaar, I’m very disappointed that a colleague would brief out against me in this way, but it is a strange time in politics.

    ‘I’m currently in the process of writing to the many constituents who have contacted me about the Downing Street parties and the Prime Minister’s response where I outline my position more fully.

    Ms Davison told the newspaper that she is ‘incredibly angry about the Downing Street parties and the Prime Minister’s response’.

    Sy het gese: ‘It will be for the Prime Minister himself, or the Conservative Party collectively, to decide the Prime Minister’s future.

    'Natuurlik, I have had a number of conversations with colleagues about this, as is the case with every political development, be it policy based or otherwise, but to suggest I’m leading a coup is bonkers.

    ‘My priority is to help restore integrity in politics, and restore people’s faith in politicians.

    ‘Now more than ever we need to ensure the Government is focused on tackling the challenges our country is facing, and on delivering real positive change in people’s lives.

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    He told the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast: 'Eerlik, op die oomblik, I’m looking to the cabinet for leadership.

    'Op die oomblik, I’m afraid it does look like checkmatebut whether he can save himself, we’ll see’.

    Restive MPs have warned that Mr Johnson has only been given a stay of execution, with many holding off on deciding whether to send no-confidence letters to the chair of the powerful 1922 committee until after an inquiry by top civil servant Sue Gray reports.

    There are claims that while Ms Gray will not directly criticise Mr Johnson it could paint a very grim picture of his Downing Street operation.

    ‘It’s not going to be as good as people think,’ Downing Street vrees dat 'n Tory-papierspoor Boris Johnson kan laat ontbloot oor die duistere befondsing van sy genade-en-guns woonstel opknapping.

    ‘She’s genuinely struggling to reconcile the Prime Minister’s claim that this was a work event with what she’s been hearing from other people. It’s very difficult for her.

    In 'n rondte onderhoude vanoggend, Mr Javid made little effort to varnish the challenge faced by the PM.

    ‘It is damaging, of course it is,’ the Health Secretary told Sky News.

    Mr Javid said ‘there were some partiesand people were ‘right to be angry’, insisting those who broke the rules should be ‘disciplined’. He singled out the leaving bashes in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral last April as ‘wrong in every single way’.

    He also stated bluntly that if Mr Johnson is found to have broken the law he will have to go.

    ‘The Ministerial Code is very clear. If any minister from the Prime Minister down breaks the law, of course they shouldn’t continue to serve as a minister,’ hy het gesê.

    ‘What I have just said is a general rule that applies to everyone. There is no exception to that rule.

    Responding to the statement from Mr Wragg, Me Rayner gesê: ‘These are grave and shocking accusations of bullying, sy het gesê sy het 'heeltemal verkrummel' en het na die polisie gegaan om die vreemdeling aan te meld, and misuse of public money and must be investigated thoroughly.

    ‘The idea that areas of our country will be starved of funding because their MPs don’t fall into line to prop up this failing Prime Minister is disgusting.

    As the Downing Street machine finally cranked into gear yesterday, No10 said Mr Johnson will fight any no-confidence vote launched against him and insisted he expects to fight the next general election.

    He has been personally meeting wavering MPs in a bid to shore up support on his back benches.

    Government whips ‘threatened Tory defector with school funding cut and changes to seat boundaries

    Boris Johnson tonight dismissed claims his allies have been blackmailing rebellious Tory MPsamid claims a defector was threatened with cuts to school funding and changes to his constituency boundaries.

    The PM insisted he had ‘seen no evidence to support any of those allegationsafter a dramatic intervention by William Wragg, chairman of the Commons Public Administration Committee.

    Mr Wragg said he had been told of ‘pressures and intimidationbeing used on politicians and in an excoriating attack at the start of an evidence session, suggested members of the government might have breached the ministerial code by threatening to pull investment from constituencies if people send in letters of no confidence.

    ‘Additionally reports to me and others of members of staff at No10 Downing Street, special advisers, government ministers and others encouraging the publication of stories in the press seeking to embarrass those they suspect of lacking confidence in the PM is similarly unacceptable,’ Mr Wragg said.

    ‘The intimidation of an MP is a serious matter. Moreover the reports of which I am aware would seem to constitute blackmail.

    ‘As such it would be my general advice to colleagues to report these matters to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

    Alhoewel ons altyd geweet het hy haat enige soort belemmering van sy wil, the former Tory MP who defected to Labour yesterday, claimed he was previously threatened with the withdrawal of funding for a school in his Bury South constituency if he voted against the Government on free school meals.

    [object Window]: ‘How would you feel when holding back regeneration of a town for a vote, it didn’t sit comfortably. That was really starting to question my place where I was and ultimately to where I am now.

    There have been suggestions Mr Wakeford was pushed ‘over the edgeto defect when he was hauled in and threatened with having the boundaries of his seat redrawn if he went against the PM.

    But Mr Johnson told reporters on a visit to Taunton: ‘I’ve seen no evidence to support any of those allegations.

    ‘What I am focused on is what we’re doing to deal with the number one priority of the British people, which is coming through Covid.

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    Tory whips yesterday launched a concerted drive to crush the Pork Pie Plot. The plotters suggested that by 5pm yesterday the target of 54 letters needed to force a vote of no confidence in the PM would be passed. But the deadline came and went.

    One Cabinet loyalist last night said the enormity of the plot was giving wavering MPs pause for thought.

    ‘The sight of one of your own crossing the floor to join Labour reminds people how high the stakes are,’ het die bron gesê.

    ‘People are also having to face the question of what happens next. There is not a Boris figure to rally round who would do better electorally.

    Andrew Percy, Brigg and Goole MP, told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: ‘It’s kind of made people a bit more relaxed, it’s calmed nerves.

    ‘I think people have recognised that actually this constant navel gazing and internal debating is only to the advantage of our political opponents.

    ‘The Prime Minister is probably thanking Christian for what he did because it’s made a lot of people think again, think twice.

    Despite the temporary reprieve, the anger from a former minister first elected in 1987 and Mr Wakeford, elected to the so-called Red Wall seat of Bury South two years ago, showed the breadth of the fury in the party.

    One Cabinet source said the mutineers had ‘overplayed their hand’, toevoeging: ‘They are inexperienced and it has shown in the past 24 'n spesialis in aansteeklike siektes by Northwestern Medicine’

    Several wavering Tory MPs yesterday said they were waiting to see the report before deciding whether to move against Mr Johnson.

    Andrew Bowie, a former vice-chairman of the party, gesê: ‘I think the Prime Minister should be considering his position, but my position is that we need to wait and see what the facts were.

    Downing Street had hoped that Ms Gray’s report would be published this week to give the PM the chance to draw a line under the affair.

    But Whitehall sources yesterday said the constant drip-drip of new allegations, including from Dominic Cummings, meant it would be delayed.

    In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Mr Davis said: ‘The party is going to have to make a decision or we face dying a death of 1,000 cuts.

    The PM will appear to be ‘shifting the blameif he fires staff after Ms Gray delivers her inquiry into events held at No 10 during Covid restrictions, the Haltemprice and Howden MP said.

    Then there will be the ‘crisesof rising energy bills and the National Insurance hike being compounded by the ‘disorganisationat No 10, which could trigger a vote of no confidence at Christmas, meaning a ‘year of agony’, gaan hy voort.

    ‘That’s the worst outcome, particularly for the 2019 en 2017 en 2015 inname – daardie, slice by slice by slice, this carries on and we bump along at minus whatever and, even worse, we create policies to try to paper over it.

    Speaking shortly after his Commons outburst, Mr Davis admitted: ‘I’ve just made myself the most unpopular person in the Tory party.

    ‘Wel, the second most unpopular. But I’ve gone from thinking maybe we can rescue it to maybe we just have to accelerate it and get it done.

    Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg described Mr Davis as a ‘lone wolfas he downplayed the senior Tory MP’s ‘theatricalcall for Mr Johnson to resign.

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