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Johnson says he’s not worried about Tory MPs plotting against him because the leadership issue is now ‘solved’

Boris Johnson said he considered the question of the leadership of the Conservative Party to be now “settled”. Speaking to reporters at the G7 summit in Germany this morning, he was asked if he feared Tory MPs were plotting to impeach him. He has answered:

No. We fixed that a few weeks ago.

What I’m focusing on, and what we’re doing, is continuing, number one, whatever we’re doing to help people with the short-term cost of living, using the fiscal firepower that we have, with £1,200 for eight million most vulnerable households, £400 to help everyone, £300 for pensioners, cut council tax – all the things we do in cash to help people to get through the current inflationary spike in cost, in particular, energy.

But also to continue the program of our plan for a stronger economy, to reform our supply of energy, transport, housing, all the things that matter to people. And then the general program of the government, to level the country and implement our program.

G7 leaders having dinner at Elmau Castle in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, last night.
Clockwise from front left: European Council President Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz , US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
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David Davis urges his anti-Johnson Tory colleagues to let the Prime Minister stay for a year to avoid crippling the government

Hello. Boris Johnson has been out of the country for most of the past week but, as is often the case when a prime minister travels abroad to focus on international affairs, a domestic crisis remains a distraction. The two by-election defeats last week have supercharged (as they would say in No 10) the Conservative party’s opposition to Johnson and his critics have been working on plans to elect a slate of MPs to the executive of the 1922 committee before the summer break so they can change the rules and allow a second vote of no confidence before next year.

But there was good news this morning for Johnson when David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, who has previously publicly called on Johnson to step down, said he was opposed to the rule change. Having won the vote of confidence, Johnson should be allowed to remain in office unchallenged for another year, Davis said.

Davis stressed that he had not changed his mind about Johnson’s performance as prime minister. But a rule change would set a bad precedent because it would cripple government decision-making, he said.

Whether it’s Boris or anyone else, dealing with stagflation will [to require] really tough decisions. Do you want any leader looking over his shoulder every month at this tax increase or whatever?

So no, I don’t want the rules to change. I don’t think they will change either.

Davis said that meant Johnson had a year to show he could deliver on the promises he had made, and he said the main demand was for the government to start cutting taxes.

I campaigned in 16 rebel seats and in Wakefield. I have the same thing that comes back to me every time. “We expect you to be a low tax party. We don’t see that anymore. Last year we hit the highest tax grab in history.

When Davis was told the government had no agreed post-Brexit economic plan, he responded.

We don’t really have an agreed economic plan, period.

I have people, working class voters in the municipal estates, who say you are not behaving like a Conservative government. You are not conservative. It’s a terrible thing to face if you run the country.

Here is the program for the day.

9 a.m.: The G7 summit in Germany, attended by Boris Johnson, begins with a speech by Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president. During the day, as well as attending sessions on climate, energy and health policy, as well as food security and gender equality, Johnson recorded an interview with the BBC’s Chris Mason and holds a meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

12:15 p.m.: Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, hosts a summit on creating abortion buffer zones outside abortion clinics.

1:30 p.m.: Downing Street holds a lobby briefing.

2:30 p.m.: Michael Gove, the leveling secretary, answers questions in the Commons.

3 p.m.: Scottish Government Finance Minister Kate Forbes testifies before the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee.

After 3:30 p.m.: Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, opens the second reading debate on the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill.

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