Sky News Chief Political Correspondent, Jon Craig warned that Tory MPs are increasingly concerned over Johnson being able to recover, as over the weeks there has been scandal after scandal with a series of humiliating U-turns.
MPs have the “jitters” over next week’s North Shropshire local by-election which could also signal Johnson’s removal or resignation should the favoured Lib Dems win.
One Conservative MP told the i newspaper, that Johnson is being compared to Theresa May who he replaced and whose downfall he did so much to speed up.
The Tory MP said, “The anger is right up there now with the dog days of the May premiership.
“Two years on almost to the day from Boris’s biggest triumph he has, not to put too fine a point on it, f***ed it.
“His chances of making the next election have slipped well below 50-50.
“He is treating the British public like he has his previous relationships and it’s not an edifying sight.”
Craig said, “As well as the big vote in the Commons on Tuesday, when there’s every chance the rebellion will be bigger, than the 54 which is the record for this Parliament on the tier system, at this time last year there is also the North Shropshire by-election on Thursday.
“And a lot of Tory MPs have got the jitters about that.
“Now you’d think, majority just under 23,000, surely the Conservatives can’t lose that.
“Well, according to the Financial Times, bookies have got the Lib Dems as favorites.
“And if the Tories were to lose that by-election, there would be mad panic among Tory MPs and the Prime Minister would be in real peril.”
The Owen Paterson sleaze rocked Parliament as MPs were urged to vote against the 30-day suspension at the North Shropshire constituency, which saw the Tory MP and chum of Johnson resign.
The past week has been a political nightmare for Johnson as there has been a host of allegations in the media and in the House of Commons over a series of parties which took place in Downing Street breaking lockdown laws.
Tory MPs and opposition parties have called on Johnson to resign as Prime Minister as Labour warned that public trust in the “entire system of government” is “hanging in the balance” following a string of alleged Christmas parties at Downing Street.
The Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “It goes back to when Boris Johnson tried to destroy the entire parliamentary standard system to get his mate off the hook.
“We don’t start changing the laws or changing the rules to suit the behaviour of the Prime Minister.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said “Millions of people now think the Prime Minister was taking them for fools, that they were lied to.”