The Tory leader is believed to be considering giving the boot to those in government who did not publicly support him on social media ahead of yesterday’s vote of confidence. Despite strong pressure from party whips, some employees chose to remain silent about their intention to vote.
Loyalist MP Ben Bradley admitted it was ‘inevitable’ that some ministers had secretly rebelled and were quietly seeking to bring down their leader.
It is believed that some junior ministers may already be considering resigning in order to publicly denounce Mr Johnson.
The prime minister is seeking to reestablish his control after 141 of his own MPs said they wanted to oust him from No10.
He won the internal party ballot with a smaller majority than Theresa May in her vote of confidence in 2018, as the former Tory leader only managed to extend her premiership for six months beyond an attempted coup against her.
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Seeking to see a new rebellion, the Prime Minister told his cabinet this morning: ‘And we will have the opportunity, by offering tax cuts, I think, to generate considerable growth in jobs and economic growth .”
He said he wanted to focus on “driving reform” and “cutting costs”.
Mr Johnson hailed the ‘huge investment we are making’ before adding: ‘But it’s not enough to spend money. We have to spend it wisely.
“As Tory ministers, we need to make sure at every stage that we are driving reform and value.
“So what I’m going to ask all of you to do in each of your departments is to make sure that you’re thinking all the time about cutting costs for government, cutting costs that businesses have to deal with and well sure to reduce the costs faced by everyone, families across the country.”
The Prime Minister thanked his senior team for their support in yesterday’s vote and said the government was ‘in a position now to draw a line under the issues that our opponents want to talk about and we are able to continue to talk about the problems, what are the problems that I think people want”.
Despite pleas from the Tory leader for his party to now go through vicious fights that have eclipsed the government for weeks, Tory plotters are eager to keep the pressure on the embattled No 10 resident.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who has been one of the PM’s most prominent critics, suggested it was impossible to unite the party after yesterday’s vote.
“The residual concerns of the whole party will continue to exist,” he said.
Tobias Ellwood, Tory chairman of the Commons Defense Committee, warned that Mr Johnson would only survive “a few months”.
Meanwhile, Philip Dunne, a former minister and current chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee, warned the Prime Minister that he still faced “very choppy waters” which would be “difficult for anyone to navigate”.
On June 23, two by-elections were held and the Conservatives tried to retain both seats.
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Polls for Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and Tiverton and Honiton in Devon suggest the party is on course to lose both votes heavily.
It also faces several months of deteriorating economic conditions, with energy bills expected to hit new highs in October.
Technically, Mr Johnson is shielded from another vote of confidence from the Tories for another 12 months under party rules.
A one-year amnesty is in place to prevent repeated polls of MPs at short intervals.
Those seeking to get rid of the prime minister are therefore expected to consider other ways to make life uncomfortable for him.
Some want to undermine the Prime Minister by siding with Labor more often in the Commons when unpopular policies are introduced by the government.
This afternoon, many Tory MPs also shunned a Commons debate on standards of public life, refusing to defend Mr Johnson’s behaviour.
Instead, the time is largely occupied by opposition MPs attacking the Conservative leader.
Reveling in the absence of Tory MPs, Shadow Labor Minister Justin Madders said: ‘Only eight backbench Tory MPs in the debate over standards in public life, and one of them is the recently resigned anti-corruption czar.
“It is clear that the Prime Minister has lost the support of his parliamentary party which is not on the payroll.”
An effort could also be made for the party’s 1922 backbench committee, which is in charge of confidence votes, to change the rules of the leadership contests to hold another vote on the Prime Minister in the coming months. come.