‘We Don’t Care What David Frost Thinks’ – Tory MP Tears Into Unelected Lord

A Tory MP today attacked the ‘unelected’ Lord Frost, telling him they don’t care what he thinks about the race for leadership.

Simon Hoare, Conservative MP for North Dorset, described the Brexiteer as a “failed” minister after his interventions in the Tory election.

Frost and other members of the Tory right are trying to rally MPs around Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to become the next Prime Minister.

Penny Mordaunt is seen as the candidate to beat to ensure Truss gets into the last two – if they hope she will beat Rishi Sunak.

Former Brexit Secretary Frost has urged right-wing candidate Kemi Badenoch to withdraw from the leadership race and back Truss in a bid to unite the party’s rights around one candidate.

He has also launched an attack on Mordaunt, claiming she is “not fully accountable or always visible” when she served as his deputy in talks with Brussels.

“Honestly, I’m quite surprised that she’s made it this far in this race,” he told TalkTV on Thursday. “She was my proxy – more fictional than real – in the Brexit talks last year.”

Truss, Sunak, Mordaunt

Frost claimed that at times he “didn’t even know where she was” and had to ask the Prime Minister to move her on and find someone else to back him up.

However, his interventions have sparked a backlash from MPs, including Hoare, who slammed him for bossing MPs around.

Hoare tweeted on Friday: “I don’t mean to be rude BUT who the hell is an unelected failed minister telling an MP what to do?

“For some unknown reason, David Frost keeps thinking we’re giving a flying XXXX what he’s thinking. We don’t and we won’t.”

Sunak, Mordaunt, Truss, Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat are all still in the running to be the next prime minister.

However, Mordaunt’s surge in MPs, which currently puts her in second place, has worried right-wing Tories who fear one of them will not make the bottom two.

Frost said Badenoch should row behind Truss in exchange for a “serious job” in her government.

In an article for The Telegraph, he said: “Now is the time for pragmatism. I urge Kemi to resign in exchange for a serious job in a Truss administration.”

The Sun reported that this argument has sparked a backlash from MPs who don’t like being told what to do in a private vote.

After Tory messaged Mark Francois on the European Research Group’s WhatsApp group and urged them to support Truss, MP Lee Anderson replied he was “really disappointed”.

Anderson added, “I suspect colleagues will make up their own minds based on what they think is best for our party.”

Meanwhile, Northampton South MP Andrew Lewer said Badenoch “actually supported Brexit” and that she “represents the best chance for many of us of keeping our seats”.

It comes as Mordaunt faces sustained attacks from rival camps trying to oust her from the race.

Former Cabinet Secretary David Davis, a supporter of Mordaunt, has even declared “black ops” aimed at her.

Rail Secretary Wendy Morton, who supports Truss, told Times Radio she was “absolutely not” involved in any type of unfavorable campaign.

One of Mordaunt’s supporters, Tory MP Dame Maria Miller, was asked if Mordaunt could be the victim of dirty tactics.

She told Sky News: “Penny’s support among MPs has grown and it’s the same across the country.

“This leadership contest is being run along a number of lines and I think people are going to want it to be a positive campaign.

“We are colleagues, together, we do not oppose each other in a fundamentally political sense. It’s all about finding a new leader.”

The five remaining candidates will take part in a televised debate tonight at 7.30pm on Channel Four.

Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, Kemi Badenoch, Rishi Sunak, Tom Tugendhat.
Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, Kemi Badenoch, Rishi Sunak, Tom Tugendhat.

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