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Boris is warned he faces leadership coup unless he lifts lockdown

14th Jan 21 4:40 pm

The Prime Minister has been warned to lift lockdown or he could be kicked out of Downing Street by Tory backbenchers.

Boris Johnson has been told that he must announce when England will come out of the current third national lockdown and how this will happen.

If he does not then he will face a leadership challenge, and Steve Baker, the deputy chair of the Tory backbench Covid Recovery Group has written to MPs calling on them to express their views to the Chief Whip.

Baker said, “inevitably the Prime Minister’s leadership will be on the table” unless Johnson outlines how and when the lockdown will be lifted.

Baker said, “inevitably the Prime Minister’s leadership will be on the table” unless Johnson outlines how and when the lockdown will be lifted.

Earlier this month it is understood that two MPs wrote letters of no confidence after Johnson announced the current lockdown.

Baker’s message sent to Tory MPs today which was seen by The Sun says, “I am sorry to have to say this again and as bluntly as this: it is imperative you equip the Chief Whip today with your opinion that debate will become about the PM’s leadership if the Government does not set out a clear plan for when our full freedoms will be restored, with a guarantee that this strategy will not be used again next winter.

“People are telling me they are losing faith in our Conservative Party leadership because they are not standing up for our values as a party.

“If we continue forward with a strategy that hammers freedom, hammers the private sector, hammers small business owners and hammers the poor, inevitably the Prime Minister’s leadership will be on the table: we strongly do not want that after all we have been through as a country.”

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