Latest from politics: Boris Johnson warned he must show government competent as threat of leadership grows
Boris Johnson must “reset” his government to show it is competent, a senior backbench MP said the morning after the PM suffered the worst parliamentary rebellion of his tenure.
Stephen Hammond, former cabinet minister and one of 99 Tories to rebel against Covid measures last night, said there was “a lot of discontent” over No 10’s mismanagement of issues related to standards in public life.
“I’m sick of saying ‘I didn’t go to Party 10’,” he told Times Radio. âColleagues are upset and frustrated because it undermines all the good work they do and their integrity,â he said.
“The Prime Minister knows that there is discontent, the government must get back on track (…) and show that it is competent.”
Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the government now has the opportunity “to demonstrate that it has listened to our concerns.”
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown told Sky News last night that the prospect of a leadership challenge in the New Year if the Prime Minister does not change his approach must “be on the cards”, adding: “He must realize that he has to change. “
Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, said the latest photos were “disgraceful” and disciplinary action was being taken against four Conservative aides who had been seconded to the team.
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