The Prime Minister is facing increasing pressure to outline his roadmap out of the third national lockdown as Tory backbenchers have warned he could be removed from the helm.
MPs are growing frustrated over Boris Johnson’s failure to announce when and how lockdown restrictions will come to an end.
Despite some Tory MPs having supported Johnson in the vote this month for the third lockdown, they are demanding to know when this will end, according to the Express.
An MP told the Express that they fear Johnson will make an announcement for the easing of the lockdown with little time to allow businesses to prepare to reopen.
James Daly, Tory MP for Bury North said on his website, “Pubs have got to be able to plan what they are going to do.
“They can’t just be told with 24 hours notice they can reopen.
“They’ve got to order stock, they’ve got to get things in place, get their staff off furlough.”
Daly added, “It can be caveated, as the Prime Minister has done, that if a new mutant strain is found the plan may need to change.”
Tory MP Desmond Swayne warned that the public will become disillusioned and MPs will become very frustrated quite quickly.
He warned, “The longer this goes on the more frustrated people will become and the less likely they are to observe the rules, particularly as they can see the vaccination programme going ahead.
“I want to see a sense of urgency about lifting the restrictions given the enormous social and economic cost.”
He added, “I don’t think putting your finger in the air and putting a date on it is in any way logical, I think the logical thing is a plan depending on the progress of the vaccinations having an impact on reducing potential admissions.”
Last week 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’s message sent to Tory MPs today which was seen by The Sun said, “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.
“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.”
However, after his note to MPs became public, Baker then said, “What this country needs is the complete success of Boris Johnson, with his excellent EU deal, a successful vaccination programme and a road to recovery, back to freedom.
“I am clear Boris is the only person to lead us out of these difficulties and I support him in that endeavour.”