‘Pork pie plot’ could trigger vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson within days

1/19/2022 6:40:00 AM

The prime minister will answer questions in the Commons on Wednesday.

‘Pork pie plot’ could trigger vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson within days

The prime minister will answer questions in the Commons on Wednesday.

Commons for prime minister’s Questions on Wednesday.Prince Philip ’s funeral coming to light last week.And Was Told: 'You’ve Got To Grip This Madhouse' Top aide-turned-foe says the PM"waved aside" warning about “drinks party”.warned the prime minister it should not go ahead.

An expected announcement that Plan B measures to stem the spread of coronavirus will be lifted next week is likely to please some backbenchers. But MPs from the former so-called Red Wall were said to have met on Tuesday to discuss Mr Johnson’s future in a gathering nicknamed the “pork pie plot” or the “pork pie putsch”, and one told The Daily Telegraph the 15 per cent of letters needed to trigger a challenge could be reached on Wednesday. The PM was seen out running with his dog Dilyn on Monday morning, as he emerged from Downing Street having had to cancel planned visits last week after a member of his family caught Covid. Mr Johnson, who was reported to have spent Tuesday evening in his Commons office meeting with potential rebels, apologised multiple times in a major broadcast interview for “misjudgments that were made”. But he stuck to his defence that he had thought a “bring your own booze” party held in the No 10 garden on May 20, 2020 had been a work event and he had not been warned about it in advance. said Mr Johnson attended a leaving do before Christmas 2020 during which he gave a speech to mark the departure of his defence adviser Captain Steve Higham. Mr Johnson’s former chief aide Dominic Cummings threw that into doubt on Monday as he said he would “swear under oath” Mr Johnson was told about the bash.

But asked if he had lied to Parliament over the parties as he visited a north London hospital, the PM told broadcasters: “No. Mr Johnson was spotted running with dog Dilyn ahead of a big week for his premiership (Picture: Reuters) Before the latest story emerged, Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden had said the full extent of alleged rule-breaking was already known about ‘to his knowledge’. I want to begin by repeating my apologies to everybody for the misjudgments that I’ve made, that we may have made in No 10 and beyond, whether in Downing Street or throughout the pandemic. “Nobody told me that what we were doing was against the rules, that the event in question was something that… was not a work event, and as I said in the House of Commons when I went out into that garden I thought that I was attending a work event. Six Conservative MPs have so far publicly called for the PM to go but as many as 35 may have submitted letters privately, just 19 short of the 54 required.” Mr Johnson said he “can’t imagine why on Earth it would have gone ahead, or why it would’ve been allowed to go ahead” if he had been told it was anything but a “work event”. “I do humbly apologise to people for misjudgments that were made but that is the very, very best of my recollection about this event,” he said. Many are waiting for the publication of the report before deciding what to do, while testing the water in their constituencies to see if the fury many voters feel is ‘terminal’ for the PM.

Mr Johnson confirmed he had given evidence to an inquiry being carried out into Whitehall parties during lockdown restrictions by senior official Sue Gray. And the PA news agency understands Mr Cummings has also agreed to speak to the civil servant who has been described as “formidable”.’ Andrew Bowie, Conservative MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, said he would wait to read the conclusions of the investigation but admitted there was ‘a lot of ill-feeling out there and discomfort’ on the Tory benches. Chancellor Rishi Sunak refused to give the prime minister his unequivocal backing on Tuesday, as Mr Johnson made his first public appearance after reducing his contacts last week, when No 10 said a family member had tested positive for Covid-19. Rishi Sunak (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Wire) But Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries came out to bat for the PM, telling The Times those manoeuvring against him were “being disloyal to the prime minister, the party, their constituents and the wider country”. Former justice secretary Sir Robert Buckland – who was sacked from the Cabinet by the Prime Minister in September – told Times Radio that it would be ‘a bridge too far’ for the PM if it emerged in Ms Gray’s report that ‘people at the top of Government’ were involved in ‘organising and planning and absolutely openly disregarding the rules’. Mr Johnson insisted he only saw the “bring your own booze” invite his principal private secretary Martin Reynolds sent to more than 100 staff “the other day… when it emerged”.

He declined to say whether he would resign if it was proved he did intentionally mislead Parliament, instead pleading for patience ahead of Ms Gray delivering the verdict of her partygate inquiry, which is not expected until the end of this week at the earliest. He appeared distressed as he faced questions about two events in No 10 last April on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, during which the Queen sat alone as she mourned. The prime minister audibly breathed heavily behind his mask as he said: “I deeply and bitterly regret that that happened. Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks to staff during a visit to the Finchley Memorial Hospital (Ian Vogler/PA) (PA Wire) “I can only renew my apologies both to Her Majesty and to the country for misjudgments that were made, and for which I take full responsibility.” Of those Tory MPs withholding their judgement for now, many accepted that if Mr Johnson was found to have misled Parliament, he would have to resign.

Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab accepted Mr Johnson would “normally” be expected to resign if he intentionally misled Parliament, while Mid Derbyshire Conservative MP Pauline Latham told Times Radio: “If he has lied to Parliament, there will be no choice.” She said: “At the end of the day, he made the rules, he was in that briefing room looking at the cameras saying this is what you have to do. So you can’t say didn’t know what the rules were. We all knew what the rules were.” Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said Mr Johnson “needs to go”.

“I think he’s trying to take the British public for fools. He’s not sorry that he clearly attended a party, knows it’s against the rules; he’s sorry he got caught for it,” she told the PA news agency. Recommended .

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Much ado about nothing in my view. So much work to get done and this is another distraction. The game of politics……..

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Commons for prime minister’s Questions on Wednesday.Prince Philip ’s funeral coming to light last week.And Was Told: 'You’ve Got To Grip This Madhouse' Top aide-turned-foe says the PM"waved aside" warning about “drinks party”.warned the prime minister it should not go ahead.

An expected announcement that Plan B measures to stem the spread of coronavirus will be lifted next week is likely to please some backbenchers. But MPs from the former so-called Red Wall were said to have met on Tuesday to discuss Mr Johnson’s future in a gathering nicknamed the “pork pie plot” or the “pork pie putsch”, and one told The Daily Telegraph the 15 per cent of letters needed to trigger a challenge could be reached on Wednesday. The PM was seen out running with his dog Dilyn on Monday morning, as he emerged from Downing Street having had to cancel planned visits last week after a member of his family caught Covid. Mr Johnson, who was reported to have spent Tuesday evening in his Commons office meeting with potential rebels, apologised multiple times in a major broadcast interview for “misjudgments that were made”. But he stuck to his defence that he had thought a “bring your own booze” party held in the No 10 garden on May 20, 2020 had been a work event and he had not been warned about it in advance. said Mr Johnson attended a leaving do before Christmas 2020 during which he gave a speech to mark the departure of his defence adviser Captain Steve Higham. Mr Johnson’s former chief aide Dominic Cummings threw that into doubt on Monday as he said he would “swear under oath” Mr Johnson was told about the bash.

But asked if he had lied to Parliament over the parties as he visited a north London hospital, the PM told broadcasters: “No. Mr Johnson was spotted running with dog Dilyn ahead of a big week for his premiership (Picture: Reuters) Before the latest story emerged, Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden had said the full extent of alleged rule-breaking was already known about ‘to his knowledge’. I want to begin by repeating my apologies to everybody for the misjudgments that I’ve made, that we may have made in No 10 and beyond, whether in Downing Street or throughout the pandemic. “Nobody told me that what we were doing was against the rules, that the event in question was something that… was not a work event, and as I said in the House of Commons when I went out into that garden I thought that I was attending a work event. Six Conservative MPs have so far publicly called for the PM to go but as many as 35 may have submitted letters privately, just 19 short of the 54 required.” Mr Johnson said he “can’t imagine why on Earth it would have gone ahead, or why it would’ve been allowed to go ahead” if he had been told it was anything but a “work event”. “I do humbly apologise to people for misjudgments that were made but that is the very, very best of my recollection about this event,” he said. Many are waiting for the publication of the report before deciding what to do, while testing the water in their constituencies to see if the fury many voters feel is ‘terminal’ for the PM.

Mr Johnson confirmed he had given evidence to an inquiry being carried out into Whitehall parties during lockdown restrictions by senior official Sue Gray. And the PA news agency understands Mr Cummings has also agreed to speak to the civil servant who has been described as “formidable”.’ Andrew Bowie, Conservative MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, said he would wait to read the conclusions of the investigation but admitted there was ‘a lot of ill-feeling out there and discomfort’ on the Tory benches. Chancellor Rishi Sunak refused to give the prime minister his unequivocal backing on Tuesday, as Mr Johnson made his first public appearance after reducing his contacts last week, when No 10 said a family member had tested positive for Covid-19. Rishi Sunak (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Wire) But Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries came out to bat for the PM, telling The Times those manoeuvring against him were “being disloyal to the prime minister, the party, their constituents and the wider country”. Former justice secretary Sir Robert Buckland – who was sacked from the Cabinet by the Prime Minister in September – told Times Radio that it would be ‘a bridge too far’ for the PM if it emerged in Ms Gray’s report that ‘people at the top of Government’ were involved in ‘organising and planning and absolutely openly disregarding the rules’. Mr Johnson insisted he only saw the “bring your own booze” invite his principal private secretary Martin Reynolds sent to more than 100 staff “the other day… when it emerged”.

He declined to say whether he would resign if it was proved he did intentionally mislead Parliament, instead pleading for patience ahead of Ms Gray delivering the verdict of her partygate inquiry, which is not expected until the end of this week at the earliest. He appeared distressed as he faced questions about two events in No 10 last April on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, during which the Queen sat alone as she mourned. The prime minister audibly breathed heavily behind his mask as he said: “I deeply and bitterly regret that that happened. Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks to staff during a visit to the Finchley Memorial Hospital (Ian Vogler/PA) (PA Wire) “I can only renew my apologies both to Her Majesty and to the country for misjudgments that were made, and for which I take full responsibility.” Of those Tory MPs withholding their judgement for now, many accepted that if Mr Johnson was found to have misled Parliament, he would have to resign.

Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab accepted Mr Johnson would “normally” be expected to resign if he intentionally misled Parliament, while Mid Derbyshire Conservative MP Pauline Latham told Times Radio: “If he has lied to Parliament, there will be no choice.” She said: “At the end of the day, he made the rules, he was in that briefing room looking at the cameras saying this is what you have to do. So you can’t say didn’t know what the rules were. We all knew what the rules were.” Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said Mr Johnson “needs to go”.

“I think he’s trying to take the British public for fools. He’s not sorry that he clearly attended a party, knows it’s against the rules; he’s sorry he got caught for it,” she told the PA news agency. Recommended .