Boris Johnson gave Autumn a deadline to salvage his lead from Tory, who was his best ally

Lord David Frost, whom Boris Johnson hired as a £125,000 special adviser and gave a Lords seat and cabinet job, said: “Like the cockpit of a crashing airliner, the dashboards are all flashing red.”

Lord Frost warned:
Lord Frost warned: “Like the cockpit of a crashing airliner, the dashboard lights are all flashing red”

Boris Johnson was today given an autumn deadline to save his position as Prime Minister by a Tory who used to be one of his closest allies.

Lord Frost, whom Mr Johnson installed in the Lords and Cabinet to negotiate Brexit, warned the Prime Minister he has only months to articulate a clear Conservative vision for the future or he will be ousted.

The peer said that despite surviving a 211-148 no-confidence vote, Boris Johnson faced “deep opposition” within his own party.

Boris Johnson brought the former whiskey publicist into government as a special adviser worth £125,000 a year before giving him a seat in the House of Lords in the summer of 2020.

He then appointed him to Cabinet to “lead the UK’s institutional and strategic relationship with the EU”.

But Lord Frost resigned in December over “concerns about the current direction of travel” and has since been an outspoken critic of Tory tax hikes.

In an article for The Daily Telegraph, he said the biggest problem for Boris Johnson now is a political vacuum, not Partygate.

“Like the cockpit of a crashing airliner, all dashboards are flashing red. The government must decide which issues need to be addressed now and which can be postponed until later,” he said.

He said ministers should focus on reversing tax hikes, making “credible” commitments to future cuts, reducing VAT on energy bills and opening up fracking.

He also called on Mr Johnson to undertake a cabinet reshuffle with the appointment of a “serious deputy” who could “design and implement the strategy”.

Lord Frost (left) wrote in The Daily Telegraph that the biggest problem for Boris Johnson now is a political vacuum, not Partygate


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“That’s ambitious. I can understand why a lot of people think the Prime Minister can’t deliver. He doesn’t like pissing people off. But any serious plan means making decisions,” he said.

“Many of us still want him to be successful and will support him if he shows determination. But he has to show that things will be different now.”

Lord Frost added: “Every Prime Minister has weaknesses and blind spots.

“The question is whether they are able to compensate by having the right people, embracing good advice and setting a clear policy direction with broad support.

“Mr Johnson will probably have to show by the convention that he can do it.”

Lord Frost at the European Commission with Boris Johnson



Yesterday the Prime Minister tried to restart his premiership with a speech in which he extended the right to buy to housing association tenants and allowed people to pay benefits on a mortgage.

However, critics said the plan was riddled with holes and unanswered questions and would not solve the housing crisis.

Former Conservative leader William Hague this week warned the Prime Minister to “focus on exiting in a way that spares the party and the country such agony and uncertainty”.

Tory critic Tobias Ellwood said in “normal times” the PM would have resigned and Boris Johnson deserved only a “stay of execution” despite “Trump’s attempts to mislead” his allies about the outcome.

“I think we’ll talk to the convention in a few months to show that,” he said.

Tory veteran Sir Roger Gale, a longtime critic of Mr Johnson, told the BBC: “I would be surprised if this Prime Minister was still at 10 Downing Street by the end of the autumn.

“There are significant problems in the near future, there are by-elections, there will be a report from the Privileges Committee after the summer.”

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