Brazen Boris Johnson tells Tory MPs questions about his leadership are ‘closed’

The PM blamed the disastrous defeats in this week’s by-elections in Tiverton and Wakefield on an “endless barrage of news” about “things I’ve stuffed myself in”.


Brash Boris Johnson has told Tory MPs not to call another no-confidence vote against him – claiming issues of his leadership are “settled”.

The PM blamed the disastrous defeats in this week’s by-elections in Tiverton and Wakefield on an “endless barrage of news” about “things I’ve stuffed myself in”.

Just a few weeks ago, 41% of his MPs voted to remove him. Now anger has flared up again among the Tories after the worst defeat in by-election history.

Still, he vowed to “get on with the job” despite angry Tory rebels debating changing the rules to force another leadership vote within six months.

He asked challengers not to strike, saying: “I love my colleagues but I would respectfully push them.

“Golden rule of politics, Johnson’s number one rule, the more we talk about Westminster politics, the more irritating it is for voters.”

When asked if he would fight for a second no-confidence vote, he replied: “What?! We just had something like that and I am very happy that I got a bigger mandate from my group, which I got in 2019.

That’s misleading, because the number he cites from 2019 was between three candidates, not two.

When asked if the issue was now “closed,” he replied, “Yes.”

Boris Johnson attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda



The PM also resisted calls for change, telling the BBC: “If you say you want me to undergo some kind of psychological transformation, I think our listeners will know that’s not going to happen.”

And he indicated that he felt the issue of his ethical conduct “didn’t matter.”

“As a leader you have to differentiate between criticism that really counts and criticism that doesn’t count,” he told the BBC.

Mr Johnson spoke to journalists including the Mirror on a trip to the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in Rwanda.

He said: “I think the lesson I’m taking from the Tiverton and Wakefield by-elections is a very simple one.

I think people got tired of hearing about stuff I stuffed or supposedly stuffed or whatever.

“This endless, perfectly legitimate, but endless barrage of news about a certain kind of news about a kind of thing.

“And they wanted me to get on with the work, and we’re going to do that, I’m going to do that.”

The Tories’ majority of more than 24,000 were ousted by Lib Dems in Tiverton and Honiton – the worst defeat in by-election history.

Asked what he would say to the more than 300 Tory MPs with smaller majorities, he said: “We need to focus on the things that matter to voters, the cost of living and getting the economy right.

“I think we have a fantastic case to present to the public when the election comes around.”

The Prime Minister said it was a “reasonable question” to ask if people had stopped falling in love with him.

“But the answer is to always remember, it’s not about me, it’s about her!” he said.

“Because what drives people crazy is this endless amount of stuff about things I should have filled in or whatever about my colleagues, their view of me, my character, the leadership, Tory blah blah.

“And what they want to hear is what the plan for the cost of living is?

“What is the plan for a stronger economy? What is the plan to organize my commute to work? What is the plan to help my children own a home to provide them with the housing they need?

“What is the plan to move the country forward? What is the plan to take advantage of Brexit?

“And that’s the change I think will be most welcomed in the last few months. I think people will see that.”

He refused to deny plans to build a £150,000 treehouse paid for by a donor



The Prime Minister arrives in Kigali for a dinner with wife Carrie


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It came as the Prime Minister repeatedly refused to deny that he had spoken in favor of building a lavish £150,000 tree house at his country estate.

Asked if a dime of taxpayer or donor money was spent planning a tree house on the Checkers site, Boris Johnson replied: “I will not comment on non-existent properties or non-existent jobs for my family.”

When he told a story in The Times that appears to be true and asked how voters would feel about the massive spending, he replied: “I make no comment on that story, nor on your claim that it is true. “

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