Tory peer Baroness Morrissey has been forced to resign after branding Boris Johnson a ‘liability’

Baroness Morrissey “jumped just before she was shoved,” a State Department insider said after her resignation was confirmed tonight.

A Tory colleague has been forced out of his role at the Foreign Office after branding Boris Johnson an “obligation” and urging him to resign.

Baroness Morrissey said the Prime Minister had shown no remorse after surviving a no-confidence vote on Monday despite 148 Tory MPs voting for him to leave the No. 10.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was reportedly outraged by the counterpart’s comments and ordered the FCDO’s top official, Sir Philip Barton, to sack her.

Baroness Morrissey, senior non-executive director of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), said Mr Johnson would “damage” the party.

A source close to Ms Truss said: “She jumped just before she would have been pushed.”

Boris Johnson after enduring a humiliating vote of confidence


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Yesterday during an appearance on LBC’s Tonight With Andrew Marr, Baroness Morrissey was asked if she would like Mr Johnson to continue in No 10.

She said: “Honestly, I’d rather he didn’t. I see no regrets.”

Asked about the implications of the Prime Minister’s retention in power, the Tory peer said: “I think it will be damaging and I think we won’t have seen the end.”

Baroness Morrissey said she was not surprised that 41% of Conservative MPs voted against Mr Johnson in Monday’s vote of no confidence.

“When wavering MPs saw the Prime Minister’s boos outside St Paul’s, they could see that he had become more of a liability than an asset,” she said, referring to the public reaction to Mr Johnson during the platinum jubilee celebrations.

She described the Prime Minister as “a very talented person” but added that “he’s just in the wrong job”.

Secretary of State Liz Truss


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An FCDO spokeswoman said: “Helena Morrissey has relinquished her role as Lead Non-Executive Director at the FCDO.”

The official declined to comment on suggestions. Sir Philip, whom Mrs Truss has backed despite MPs calling for his resignation over the Afghanistan crisis, has been urged to sack the adviser.

Conservative former cabinet minister Julian Smith tweeted that he was “sad” to hear that Baroness Morrissey had left government.

“Her drive, focus and commitment to diversity will be greatly missed,” he added.

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