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Top Tory accuses the government of attempting to ‘blackmail’ MPs to drop their no confidence votes against Boris

20th Jan 22 11:46 am

The government has been accused by a top Tory of “blackmailing” other MPs to drop their no confidence votes against the Prime Minister.

William Wragg gave a bruising intervention at the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, as there has been reports some MPs are now withdrawing their letters to the 1922 Committee.

Under the rules of the Tory Party the 1922 Committee needs to receive 54 letters of no confidence to trigger a leadership challenge, there are unconfirmed reports that this could soon be reached as letters are secretly being handed in to Sir Graham Brady.

The committee chairman revealed he has received reports of conduct amounting to “blackmail” within the Tory Party and Wragg is demanding that they “call the police.”

Wragg said those who are blackmailing MPs are “members of staff at 10 Downing Street, special advisers, government ministers and others encouraging the publication of stories in the press seeking to embarrass those who they suspect of lacking confidence in the Prime Minister.”

Wragg continued that the “intimidation of a Member of Parliament is a serious matter. Reports of which I am aware would seem to constitute blackmail,” he told MPs.

“As such it would be my general advice to colleagues to report these matters to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Commissioner of Metropolitan Police.”

Wragg told the Committee that threats to withdraw public funding from MPs constituencies could breach the Ministerial Code.

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said there must be a full investigation into the “shocking accusations.”

Rayner said, “These are grave and shocking accusations of bullying, blackmail, and misuse of public money and must be investigated thoroughly.

“The idea that areas of our country will be starved of funding because their MPs don’t fall into line to prop up this failing Prime Minister is disgusting.”

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