The removal of Boris Johnson from the party’s members is “inevitable”, a prominent member of the Conservative Party told the Observer, according to Bloomberg.
“He’s going to end up leaving, so I just want him to be able to do something about it,” Walker said in an interview with the Sunday newspaper. Walker is a former vice chairman of the party’s important 1922 committee.
Johnson is facing a growing Tory uprising following reports of Downing Street parties during the lockdown, as lawmakers submit confidential letters to the committee asking for his removal from the party leader. If the total reaches 54 – or 15% of the party’s deputies – it will bring a vote of no confidence against the prime minister.
The Sunday Times reported that Johnson was preparing for a vote as early as this week, with his advisers estimating that the current total is between 35 and 45, while others predict that it will exceed 50.
“I do not think anyone has a clear idea of how many letters there are, and I do not really care,” Business Minister Kwazi Quarteng told the BBC on Sunday. “I focus on the debate on the cost of living, on developing policies to address it, on developing policies that encourage investment and growth in the UK.”
Johnson told his allies he was determined to stay in power, according to the Sunday Times. The newspaper quoted an unknown senior adviser as saying: “They will have to send a Puncher division to get him out of there.”
In an interview with Sky News, Quarteng also refuted the hint that Chancellor Risi Sunak is “distancing himself” from Johnson.
“We are working together,” Quarteng told Sunak. “We fully support the prime minister.”
The Secretary of State also defended Johnson’s controversial comments about pedophile Jimmy Saville during a heated debate in Parliament with opposition leader Kir Starmer, calling them “absolutely reasonable.”
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