Boris Johnson has defended his position as leader of the Tory Party during a rowdy Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on Wednesday afternoon.
The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the Prime Minister “can’t even give a coherent speech to business,” in reference to his comment over Peppa Pig and making car engine noises during his speech at the CBI conference.
Blackford added, “Officials have lost confidence in him, Tory MPs have lost confidence in him – the letters are going in – and the public have lost confidence in him.
“Why is he clinging on when quite simply he isn’t up to the job?”
Johnson rejected claims that he is not fit for office in the House of Commons and was cheered by Tory MPs.
This comes as Johnson’s “net favourabilty ratings has dropped to its lowest level ever” and some Tory MPs have written letters of “no confidence” in an attempt to oust him.
The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also highlighted divisions within the Tory Party and mentioned rumours of a rift with the Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Sunak was sat next to Johnson and Sir Keir told MPs, “Is everything OK, Prime Minister?”
Johnson responded, “I’ll tell you what’s not working, it’s that line of attack.”
Johnson was then accused breaking the manifesto promise that no one will be forced to sell their homes for social care.
Sir Keir said to Johnson, “Who knows if he will make it to the next election. But if he does, how does he expect anyone to take him and his promises seriously?”
Johnson dodged the questions and defended his record and attacked Labour, saying his social care plan “does more for working people up and down the country than Labour ever did.”
The Prime Minister blasted back at Sir Keir and said, “There are now more people in work than there were before the pandemic began, that’s because of the policies this Government has pursued.”
At one point as Conservatives barracked Sir Keir and he said, “I see they have turned up this week, Prime Minister,” referencing the shortage of Tory MPs at last weeks PMQs.
Rumours are swirling over the strained relations between Johnson and Sunak since a “senior Downing Street source,” told the BBC, “there is a lot of concern inside the building about the PM” and “it’s just not working.”
A Tory MP told the PA news agency that Johnson was “losing the confidence” of his backbenchers and should quit in the new year.