Thursday, December 2, 2021

Boris Johnson faces Tory troubles on several fronts

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S.To the self-inflicted wounds over botched attempt to prevent Owen Paterson’s suspension from the House of Commons – despite being found to have breached lobbying rules – No 10 officials and Boris Johnson face a scorching fortnight.

The bold attempt to create a Tory-dominated committee to review sleaze rules, branded by opposition parties as “corruption” of the government, resulted in less than 24 hours after Conservative MPs were ordered to vote with the government a humiliating U-turn.

The split in the ranks of the party broke out openly and culminated two weeks later, on Wednesday evening, with the Prime Minister offering a mea culpa to the 1922 committee of backbone Tory MPs.

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