Newspaper headlines: Tory MPs retaliate in 'blackmail storm'
Many of Friday's papers lead with the claims that Tory rebels have been blackmailed, which the PM has rejected.
Image caption,Several of Friday's papers feature the accusations that Tory whips have been blackmailing MPs to support Boris Johnson. The Daily Mirror describes it as the "lowest of the low" as it reports that ex-Tory MP Christian Wakeford - who this week defected to Labour - was told he would lose funding for a new school in his constituency unless he voted against free school meals. The PM says he has "seen no evidence" of blackmail in his party.
Image caption,According to the Times, the Tory MPs who are accusing the government of blackmail say they have text messages and a secretly recorded conversation with the chief whip - and they're considering publishing them. The papers says No 10 has denied the claims of blackmail. One member of the group of Tory rebels claims that a whip told them "you're done" when they voted against the government last year.Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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Boris Johnson's future: Tory MPs stepping back from challenge - ministerConor Burns says colleagues are opting to wait for Sue Gray's report before deciding whether to act. Coffin. Nail. When you send out the northern Ireland minister to defend you things aren't going well Must be so dissapointing for bbc.
Newspaper headlines: Johnson 'fights on' but Tory anger buildsThe latest on the PM's future features on every single one of Thursday's national front pages. Looks like his attack on the BBC has paid off…already …Supportive headlines on Murdochs newspapers Johnson fights? Takes the pxss out of the whole nation you mean.
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Boris Johnson's future: Tory MPs stepping back from challenge - ministerConor Burns is among allies of Boris Johnson suggesting the immediate threat to his leadership has eased. I think the whips have been busy. Nope. He needs to go.. or if he stays we'll vent at voting time Don’t care, if the country and the Conservatives want to be ruled by someone with little and no morals then whatever consequences come from that is on their heads. Boris has done nothing spectacular other than lie,
Top Tory accuses ministers of 'blackmailing' MPs and demands they ‘call police’William Wragg is among a handful of senior Tory politicians who have publicly called for the Prime Minister to resign after he admitted attending a Downing Street party during lockdown. why has Wragg chosen this setting to make his own vague, unsubstantiated comments.... could it have anything to do with parliamentary privilege? 🤔 Grenade thrown into No10. Johnson will have his staff take the hit. The man won't resign. He genuinely believes he's doing nothing wrong.
About sharing Image caption, Several of Friday's papers feature the accusations that Tory whips have been blackmailing MPs to support Boris Johnson. The Daily Mirror describes it as the "lowest of the low" as it reports that ex-Tory MP Christian Wakeford - who this week defected to Labour - was told he would lose funding for a new school in his constituency unless he voted against free school meals. The PM says he has "seen no evidence" of blackmail in his party. Image caption, According to the Times, the Tory MPs who are accusing the government of blackmail say they have text messages and a secretly recorded conversation with the chief whip - and they're considering publishing them. The papers says No 10 has denied the claims of blackmail. One member of the group of Tory rebels claims that a whip told them "you're done" when they voted against the government last year. Image caption, The Guardian says there are at least five MPs who have expressed concern about the government making threats against them. It also reports that Mr Johnson is said to be increasingly convinced that he could see off a vote of no confidence. It says allies of the prime minister believe a vote is almost inevitable - but the rebels now have significant doubts whether they could defeat him. Image caption, The i newspaper says Mr Johnson's position is "precarious" - reporting on a "Tory civil war" over his future. It has commissioned a poll that suggests 71% of the public think Mr Johnson will not survive until the next election. Meanwhile, former PM Theresa May is reportedly "enjoying" the plot but concerned by the chaos, her allies tell the paper. Image caption, After its front page yesterday described Mr Johnson as a "lame duck", the Daily Star sent one of its reporters to Downing Street dressed as a duck. The paper says the prime minister "ducked out of a showdown" with the reporter and instead took flight to avoid a tough grilling. Image caption, The Metro calls the claims of blackmail "another political crisis" facing the prime minister. It quotes Conservative MP William Wragg who said suspected plotters were threatened with damaging press stories and funding cuts for constituency projects. Meanwhile, the paper's main front page picture shows commuters at London's Waterloo station as working from home guidance ended. Image caption, The return to offices also makes the front page of the Daily Mail, which reports that union leaders have "frustrated" Boris Johnson's drive to get people back into offices. Mr Johnson said he wanted civil servants to set an example and has ordered ministers to make sure they resume "normal working" - but the Mail says unions are resisting, with the FDA union saying the world of work has "changed for good". Image caption, The Daily Telegraph reports that some headteachers are insisting that pupils still wear face masks in the classroom - despite the official government guidance being changed. It says more than 100 schools have written to parents saying face coverings will continue. Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said his department would contact schools that were refusing to scrap masks. Image caption, The cost of living crisis makes the front page of the Daily Express, which reports the chancellor is considering plans to give one-off payouts of £500 to millions of people to help with energy bills. Bills are expected to soar in April and then again in October, the paper says. Image caption, The top story for the Financial Times is on the latest tension between Ukraine and Russia. The FT reports on the "dismay" in Ukraine after US President Joe Biden suggested the West might react with a weaker response if Russia launched a "minor incursion". Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky hit back saying "there are no minor incursion". The White House later issued a statement to play down Mr Biden's comments and harden its warning to Russia, the FT adds. TOAST OF TINSELTOWN: