Tory Cabinet ministers have been ordered to oust Boris Johnson or face defeat in the next general election.
Colleague Conservative Lord Barwell, Theresa May’s chief of staff in No 10, said that if the Tory party continues as it is, “it will sleepwalk to defeat at the next election”.
It comes after the party was wiped out in two key by-elections in Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield.
Barwell told Sky News he was “very pleased” that someone senior in the party “finally” saw this and seemed to have done something about it after Oliver Dowden resigned as Tory leader.
He said Johnson’s authority had been “very significantly diminished” and was “disappearing”.
Lord Barwell said Cabinet ministers must ask themselves what it would do to their own reputation if they continued to stand by it.
“There is mounting evidence that he has lost the public support he once had and that it appears extremely unlikely that he can regain it,” he said.
“So if they allow him to continue, then they will allow him to lead the Conservative Party to a clear defeat in the next election.”
In a letter to Boris Johnson, he said: “We cannot continue as before – someone has to take responsibility”.
Dowden said they were “the latest in a series of very bad results for our party”.
“Our supporters are shocked and disappointed by recent events and I share their feelings,” he said.
Meanwhile, Johnson tried to distract from the by-election defeats that were at stake for his leadership.
He told broadcasters in Rwanda: “That may be your view. I think what governments also need to acknowledge is that I don’t want to downplay the importance of what voters say, but it’s also true that in the medium term, after the war, governments are losing by-elections.
“I think if you look back at last May the really amazing thing was that we managed to win Hartlepool in very different circumstances.
“What we need to do now is think about where voters stand and what they basically feel is that we came through Covid well and made a lot of right decisions there. But we face pressures on the cost of living.
“We’re seeing spikes in fuel prices, energy costs and food costs hitting people. We must recognize that we still have more to do, and we certainly will. We will continue to attend to people’s concerns until we get through this patch.”
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