Boris Johnson poised to smash angry Conservative MPs’ attempt to oust him

BORIS Johnson wants to smash a Tory bid to oust him this week.

Amid talk of a no-confidence vote in the PM, ally Grant Shapps said Boris would survive.

Mr Johnson is braced for a move against him from angry Conservative backbenchers

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Mr Johnson is braced for a move against him from angry Conservative backbenchersPhoto credit: The Mega Agency
Grant Shapps said Boris would survive

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Grant Shapps said Boris would surviveCredit: Alamy

Mr Johnson is braced for a move against him from angry Conservative backbenchers.

But he hopes to reset the agenda by focusing on health and unveiling a new purchase law for housing association tenants, which was unveiled in a key speech on Thursday.

Rebel MPs have shared a brutal briefing warning that the Prime Minister “is no longer an electoral commodity and, if he stays in office, will lead the party to a significant defeat in 2024”.

They fear 160 Tory MPs could lose their seats as Boris is still 10th, turning a “defeat into a landslide”.

The briefing said: “The whole purpose of the government now appears to be to provide for Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. MPs must defend the untenable, not for the sake of the party, but for a man.

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“The only way to end this misery . . . Boris Johnson will be removed as Prime Minister.”

A vote of no confidence can be held if 54 MPs table letters to backbencher Sir Graham Brady.

But the rebellion would need 180 votes against Boris to succeed.

A rebel said it was “too close to call”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, appearing on the BBC’s Sunday morning programme, dismissed Boris’ boos at the anniversary celebrations.

He said Conservative ministers were booed at the London 2012 Olympics but still won the 2015 general election.

Asked if Mr Johnson would win a vote of confidence, he insisted: “Yes he will.”

And Business Secretary Paul Scully told the Andrew Neil Show on Channel 4: “If it happens, I know the Prime Minister will reject it.”

Meanwhile, the Tories face defeat in the Red Wall Wakefield by-election. A poll gives Labor a 20-point lead

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