Boris Johnson: ‘Patience running out’ says Kuenssberg
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The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg has warned that Jacob Rees-Mogg’s future in the Cabinet is under immediate threat. Speaking on BBC’s Newscast programme, the BBC political editor revealed that a Tory MP had claimed Boris Johnson had promised to get rid of Mr Rees-Mogg. The bombshell claim would mark the highest-profile casualty in the ongoing Downing Street shake-up.
This comes after four of the Prime Ministers close aides resigned in one day.
Director of communications Jack Doyle, chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, and senior civil servant Martin Reynolds all resigned in a move understood to show the PM is “taking charge”.
However, earlier in the day Mr Johnson’s policy head Munira Mirza blindsided No 10 when she quit over the PM’s false claim that Sir Keir Starmer failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile.
Ms Kuenssberg said: “I think the Mirza resignation is different because she has chosen to publicly attack him.”
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She continued: “I’m sure we will hear Boris’ allies say in the coming days that we promised a change and here it is.
“Whether he does some of the other things he promised to MPs, we will see.
“Some say he promised to get rid of the chief whip and one MP suggested he said he would get rid of the leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg.
“That is not a proven claim but that is what one MP said that in good faith the PM told him personally.
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“We will have to see whether that is enough for MPs.”
Earlier this morning, Energy Minister Greg Hands said that the four No 10 departures were part of a reorganisation at the top.
The resignations come as Mr Johnson faces increasing questions over his leadership from within his party.
Several MPs tweeted support of the Prime Minister after the departures.
They suggested Mr Johnson was responding to the crisis and making necessary staff changes following a damning report by civil servant Sue Gray into rule-breaking parties in No 10.
Later on the BBC website, Ms Kuenssberg labelled yesterday’s resignation “not just a nightmare on Downing Street but a total meltdown”.
She tweeted that the resignations “add to sense of instability around PM, and there’s a very real question about who, with significant experience, would want to replace them”.
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