TORY rebels trying to oust Boris Johnson are targeting the public, who don’t want months of bickering over leadership, Dominic Raab said last night
The deputy prime minister warned Conservatives of the “Westminster navel-gazing” that would be sparked by a contest.
He said the two people in the House of Commons who want one are Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.
And he told Sky News: “They don’t ask about it because they think it’s in the public interest. I think there is a political win for them.”
Mr Raab was wheeled out amid a Cabinet Partygate fight.
There is growing expectation of a vote of confidence in Mr Johnson’s leadership next week.
Culture Minister Nadine Dorries hoped for a ceasefire on the anniversary weekend and also let sharp snipers loose on MPs.
She claimed: “The overwhelming number of Conservative MPs are wholeheartedly behind the Prime Minister
“There is a behind-the-scenes campaign – probably spearheaded by one or two people – to try to remove the prime minister on individual grounds that have to do with personal ambition.”
The fight came as Mr Johnson claimed it was irresponsible to quit because of the “sick” Partygate scandal.
He denied suggestions that he was a “habitual liar”.
And he told Mumsnet his reasons for “not giving up ship” were the tremendous pressure on the economy, the war in Ukraine and the “massive agenda” for which he was elected.
The Prime Minister was challenged over the gathering, for which he was fined.
He replied: “When people watch the event in question, it felt like a work event to me. I was there in the cabinet office at my desk for a very short time.
“I was very, very surprised and surprised to get an FPN. Of course I paid him.”
He claimed he was eligible to attend farewell parties because it was important to “keep morale high.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5472627/tory-rebels-boris-johnson-dominic-raab/ Tory rebels trying to oust Boris Johnson are cracking down on the public, says Dominic Raab