Boris Johnson is facing a major Conservative rebellion over Covid-19 restrictions next week, as a “sulphurous” mood sweeps through Tory ranks over the prime minister’s leadershipThis is not right, this is no.
Johnson is braced for a torrid seven days, with Conservative unrest playing out ahead of a highly problematic parliamentary by-election in North Shropshire, where the Liberal Democrats hope to overturn a 23,000 Tory majority.
The prime minister has infuriated Conservative MPs with his handling of a row over Christmas parties in Downing Street last year when London was under stringent coronavirus restrictions2021-04-12T10:33:43.330Z. MPs were already aggrieved by the way he dealt with the sleaze scandal that culminated in Owen Paterson quitting as Tory MP for North Shropshire.
Although few Conservatives believe Johnson faces any imminent threat to his leadership of the partys inaugurations in 2001 and 2005, ministers admitted the mood was “seriously toxic”, with fears rising about Johnson’s grip and judgment.