Cannot be overstated! David Davis intervention tipped as severe blow to Boris comeback

David Davis' call for PM's resignation is severe blow says expert

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LBC Political Correspondent Ben Kentish has unpicked the importance of David Davis’ dramatic intervention calling for Boris Johnson’s resignation during PMQs on Wednesday. Mr Kentish said the former Brexit Secretary’s public slamming of the Prime Minister suggested the 2019 intake of Tory MPs were now finding common cause with the older, more established wing of the party in a bid to push the Prime Minister out of Number 10. 

Mr Kentish told LBC: “The two really significant events are the defection of Christian Wakeford, the first defection from Conservatives to Labour in a long, long time.

“And the second one, cannot overstate the significance of David Davis calling in such public, brutal, frank terms for Boris Johnson to resign.

“Why is it so significant?

“Because up until now, most of the noise, most of the discontent has been coming from newer, younger MPs, the 2019 intake, in particular, they have been driving this attempted putsch to get Boris Johnson out of office.

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“They are now joined not just by one veteran but by a former cabinet minister, a leading Brexiteer,  someone who has been an MP for almost 35 years, he is well into his 70s.

“Those two wings of the Conservative Party have been at loggerheads in recent weeks, the 2019 intake were furious about the way that people like David Davis defended Owen Paterson and lobbied Boris Johnson to do the same.

“Some of the older MPs thought the 2019 intake were getting too restless and putting their head above the parapet and all getting a bit too excitable and needed to really learn how things worked in this place, that sort of thing you hear from them.

“And yet this afternoon, you had key figures from both groups united in that belief that Boris Johnson’s time as Prime Minister is up and that cannot be overstated.”

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Mr Davis told the Prime Minister at PMQs that he had spent weeks defending him from “angry constituents.”

The former Brexit Secretary said he had reminded Mr Johnson’s critics of the “successes of Brexit” and the speed of the vaccine rollout.

He said: “I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take.

“Yesterday, he did the opposite of that so I will remind him of a quotation which may be familiar to his ear: Leopold Amery to Neville Chamberlain.

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“You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing.”

“In the name of God, go,” he added.

Mr Johnson replied: “What I can tell him – I don’t know what quotation he is alluding to – what I can tell him is and I think have told this House repeatedly, I take full responsibility for everything done in this Government and throughout the pandemic.”

Mr Johnson apologised last Wednesday for attending a “bring your own booze” party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, when the rest of the country was in lockdown, sparking furious calls for him to resign. 

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