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Boris Johnson is caught in a chaotic spiral of scandals, departures, and exits – so where does he go from here?

CRISIS somewhere over Eastern Europe in his red, white and blue jet, I sat down with Boris Johnson and he looked bloody.

We spent the whole day in Ukraine in the shadow of a Russian invasion, but the Prime Minister flew home to face his own fight: a Conservative Party in turmoil.

Boris Johnson is caught in a chaotic spiral of scandals, departures, and exits - so where does he go from here?

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Boris Johnson is caught in a chaotic spiral of scandals, departures, and exits – so where does he go from here?

He puts on a brave face, insisting that he will fight in the next election, but it is clear that the once tiger BoJo has been badly disqualified.

Boris was a journalist’s interview dream; always churning out delicious quotes and well-polished attacks.

But bruised and exhausted after weeks of scandal, I think I hurt his feelings by complaining that it was harder to interview him in that state than Theresa May was when she was most tight-lipped.

That brought him back to life a little bit and got the conversation flowing, but it will take his political battles to turn the tide.

Even his closest allies fear that the Prime Minister is now spiraling into a death spiral, with five key aides leaving No10 in just 24 hours.

A scandal that began around a series of lockdowns has triggered another round of departures – with the Prime Minister seemingly stuck in a never-ending cycle of scandals, resigning and farewell parties.

The atmosphere in Downing Street is bleak – with some fearing that this is a time of whiskey and pistols instead of any other party in the Rose Garden.

But while the two lieutenants walked out in disgust, the others seemed to have hung their heads on their swords before receiving marching orders from their masters.

A promised “reset” is coming, with new blood and a new “listening mode” from the center.

However, from the outside everything looks terrible; a rudderless Downing Street and an increasingly erratic afternoon.

He lost his temper and attacked Sir Keir Starmer in a speak ill of Jimmy Savile – and the word came to me about growing enmity in his inner circle.

But anyone who underestimates Boris Johnson is an idiot. He was the newspaper hack everyone said would never be an MP. Then he was the MP no one said could be the Mayor of London, and who won Brexit.

Then he was the old Cabinet Secretary everyone wiped out, but the biggest Tory election win since Maggie.

He’s not done yet, he said.

Boris told me at least eight times that he was just “starting the job”.

But more than a dozen Tory MPs have now publicly called for the Prime Minister’s resignation following the partisan scandal.

Even his own Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, is now publicly taking incredible pictures of his leadership, like his article in The Sun yesterday that there will be no partisan “following” track”.

The PM has gone from hero to number in just three months – but is that really the curtain or are we about to see the mother of all fights this weekend?

As No10 descends into a state of paranoia and bloodshed, is Boris really about to be overthrown, and if so, how will that happen and who will pull the trigger?

If 54 Tory MPs submit a letter of no confidence, a vote on the PM’s leadership will be held the following day.

Only the chairman of the 1922 Backbench Committee, Sir Graham Brady, knew how many letters had arrived – kept them in a locked safe and didn’t even tell his wife how many.

While dozens of people say they’ve put theirs in, No10 is only interested in a handful that have done so privately. It is very difficult to remove a sitting Tory Prime Minister as around a third of MPs owe him their ministerial job and would risk their own careers by removing the boss.

And because a vote of no confidence can only happen once every 12 months, his enemies only have one chance to disqualify him.

HE HAS ENOUGH

Rebel leaders told me they wanted to wait until the summer to make their fight, when removing the third Tory leader in just six years would look a little less “narcissistic.”

If they shoot the king now and miss, Mr Johnson will be safe for another year.

No10 is currently dealing with three main camps of Tory MPs.

First there are “the haters”; a growing group of dissidents ranging from those Johnson was fired from, to those he despised, to those who had just hit the shelves.

They can make up about 40 MPs.

But two other important new blocs now decide the fate of the Prime Minister.

The staff – made up of just 150 Cabinet members, junior ministers and their baggage carriers – is currently attached to the Prime Minister. Spinning around the casino in Westminster and betting the house on a new leader could see their own careers go down.

However, it is Remainers who are causing increased concern within Number 10 – especially those who say they represent “party loyalists”.

On Wednesday, the kingdom’s virtually unknown knight Sir Gary Streeter broke cover to urge the Prime Minister to go.

He is not a famous troublemaker and clearly has no aspiration for high office. But he had enough.

He said it was for the sake of the Conservative Party that he put his head on the railing.

If words from such an unexpected quarter begin to arrive at homes with more colleagues, those trickle letters could turn into a tidal wave that even Boris Johnson at his best struggles to cope with. defeat.

As one nervous cabinet minister explained to me last night: “I fear that enough MPs from all three of these different groups will soon arrange at the right time.” What happens then I ask? “Fireworks.”

Even the Prime Minister's closest allies fear he is now in a death spiral, with five key aides leaving No10 in just 24 hours.

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Even the Prime Minister’s closest allies fear he is now in a death spiral, with five key aides leaving No10 in just 24 hours.Credits: Arthur Edwards / The Sun

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