Boris Johnson insisted he is not worried about Tory planning at home while continuing his diplomatic blitz abroad
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Boris Johnson has insisted he is not concerned the rebel Tories plan to oust him – and said the issue of his leadership is “settled”.
The prime minister dismissed growing anger within his own party after two damaging by-election defeats as he sought to shift the focus to his diplomatic efforts abroad.
But a key Cabinet ally questioned the Prime Minister’s plan to stay in No. 10 into the 2030s.
Environment Secretary George Eustice shrugged off the Tory leader’s insistence on staying in power for a “third term”.
Mr Eustice warned: “Yes, he would love to continue. But to be honest, we also understand that we still have a lot of hurdles to overcome before we get to this point.”
Mr Johnson is spending his sixth straight day outside the UK at the G7 summit in Bavaria before flying to Madrid for a key NATO meeting on Tuesday night.
With pressure mounting on his embattled leadership, Mr Johnson insisted questions about his tenure were “settled a couple of weeks ago” when 41% of his MPs voted in a confidence vote to oust him.
When asked at the G7 if he was worried about the rebel-conservative conspiracy at home, he said: “No, we sorted that out a couple of weeks ago.
“What I’m focused on, what we’re doing, is moving forward with number one – all the things we’re doing to help people with the cost of living in the short term, using the fiscal firepower we have, for £1,200 eight million the most vulnerable households, £400 to help everyone, £300 for pensioners, the council tax cut – all the things we are doing in cash to help people through the current inflationary rise in the cost of energy in particular.
“But also to continue with the agenda for our plan for a stronger economy, to reform our supply side, energy, transport, housing, all the things people care about.”
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