Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘hangs on’ as ‘six Tories plan to move to Labour’

The embattled prime minister claimed he was not ashamed of losing voter confidence amid two humiliating by-election defeats in Wakefield and Tiverton

Boris Johnson and wife Carrie Johnson
Boris Johnson insists he has an exceptional record despite defeats in the by-election

The embattled Boris Johnson claimed he was not ashamed of losing voter confidence amid two humiliating by-election defeats.

The ailing Prime Minister instead insisted his “extraordinary” record in No10 was “quite remarkable”.

Concerned Tory rebels, fearing for their seats after the party’s beatings in Wakefield and Tiverton, are hatching new plans to oust their leader.

They plan to try and grab the 1922 backbench committee to change the rules prohibiting another vote of confidence within the year.

More than 30 MPs are said to have submitted new letters just three weeks after the last vote in order to trigger a competition.

Labor insiders also suggested that at least half a dozen Tory MPs were in talks to defect to Keir Starmer’s party.

A party source told Der Spiegel: “Operation Domino is still very much going on”.

Mr Johnson denied feeling any personal shame


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A former cabinet minister, who had previously backed the Prime Minister, claimed his offer to serve a third term and still be at Downing Street in the mid-2030s was “utterly delusional”.

A senior MP from a “Red Wall” seat said Mr Johnson “is showing increasing signs of a bunker mentality and it never ends well”.

But the ‘blinded’ Tory PM claimed his MPs ‘love them all’.

Struck by the rejection in the two by-elections, Mr Johnson was asked if he felt personally ashamed.

“No, because I think if you look at what this government has done, it’s pretty extraordinary,” he rumbled.

“I understand that people want to criticize and attack me for all sorts of reasons – some good, some not so good.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy said he saw “no way” for Labor to strike a formal pact with the Lib Dems



“I think when you look at what this administration has done, it’s quite remarkable.”

The Tory leader is fighting for his political life as he is once again urged to quit following the humiliation of last week’s double poll.

But desperately trying to shake off the electoral disasters, Mr Johnson claimed his “golden rule” was to “focus on what we’re doing”.

He said: “I think when I look at these by-election results, people have said that they’re pretty sick of hearing a lot of stuff about me as an individual, instead of hearing what’s important to them as a voter – and therefore needs to be.” I focus on what we are doing to change our economy, to change the way things work for the better.”

Labor has vowed there will be “no pacts” with the Liberal Democrats or the SNP at the next election as panicked Tories accused opposition parties of secret alliances.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy said he saw “no way” Labor would strike a formal pact with the Liberal Democrats to win power.

He argued that voters do not want “politicians doing business in the corridors of power” and that Labor also needs to win over former Tory voters.

The Conservatives have sought to blame opposition parties for their double by-election defeat.

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey also denied any electoral pact with Labor –

insisting that voters make up their own minds.

“If you look at the seats we have to win, if we can win in the next election, then we have to convince a lot of conservative voters,” he added.

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