Top Tory accuses ministers of 'blackmailing' MPs and demands they ‘call police’

It is kicking off in the House of Commons once again.

1/20/2022 2:00:00 PM

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.

It is kicking off in the House of Commons once again.

Boris JohnsonUnderThere is speculation this could soon be reached, but the letters are handed in secretly to the 1922 Committee, so no accurate figure is currently known.He said they include ‘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’.

‘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.’‘These are grave and shocking accusations of bullying, blackmail, and misuse of public money and must be investigated thoroughly,’ she said.

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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. why has Wragg chosen this setting to make his own vague, unsubstantiated comments.... could it have anything to do with parliamentary privilege? 🤔

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Copy link Tory MP William Wragg made a stinging intervention against Boris Johnson’s Government in the House of Commons A Tory MP has accused the government of attempting to ‘blackmail’ other colleagues into dropping their support for a no confidence vote against Boris Johnson . William Wragg is among a handful of senior Tory politicians who are publicly calling for the Prime Minister to resign after he admitted attending a Downing Street party during lockdown. Under Conservative Party rules, 54 letters of no confidence are needed (15% of Tory MPs) to make a leadership challenge possible. There is speculation this could soon be reached, but the letters are handed in secretly to the 1922 Committee, so no accurate figure is currently known. Amid reports that some Tory MPs are withdrawing their letters, Mr Wragg delivered a stinging intervention at the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. The committee chairman revealed he has received reports of conduct amounting to ‘blackmail’. He said they include ‘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’. ‘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 at the committee hearing. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that ‘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.’ He added that threats to withdraw public funding from MPs’ constituencies may have breached the Ministerial Code. Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said there must be a full investigation into Mr Wragg’s claims. ‘These are grave and shocking accusations of bullying, blackmail, and misuse of public money and must be investigated thoroughly,’ she said. ‘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.‘ Boris Johnson is facing a potential vote of no confidence from his own Tory MPs (Picture: Getty) Top civil servant Sue Gray has been tasked with unpicking various allegations of gatherings in Whitehall when the country was under strict Covid restricitons. It is now six weeks since a Cabinet Office-led investigation was first announced but it has been repeatedly delayed by new revelations coming to light. Metro.co.uk earlier revealed the probe is being used to keep a trove of ‘partygate’ information under lock and key, according to campaigners. The Cabinet Office is using a caveat under the Freedom of Information Act that stops the release of material intended for future publication. Internal emails about alleged parties over Christmas are also being blocked from disclosure on the grounds they will form part of Ms Gray’s report. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at