Boris Johnson rips up his diary to woo wavering MPs in bid to head off ...

Boris Johnson rips up his diary to woo wavering MPs in bid to head off ...
Boris Johnson rips up his diary to woo wavering MPs  in bid to head off ...
Boris Johnson rips up his diary to woo wavering MPs with plan to meet backbenchers in bid to head off leadership challenge Inquiry into 'Partygate' row by ethics chief Sue Gray to be published next week PM to meet with concerned MPs one to one while others will be in small groups PM to urge MPs to 'look at the bigger picture', including recent Covid successes

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Boris Johnson will hold a series of intensive meetings with Tory MPs this weekend in an attempt to head off the threat of a leadership challenge.

Whitehall sources said the Prime Minister had torn up his diary to talk with wobbling MPs ahead of the expected publication next week of the official inquiry into the 'Partygate' row by Whitehall ethics chief Sue Gray.

Some MPs will be seen one to one while others will be asked to discuss their concerns with the PM in small groups.

Sources believe similar meetings earlier this week helped to defuse the threat of the 'Pork Pie Plot' coup by Red Wall MPs.

Mr Johnson will urge MPs to 'look at the bigger picture', most notably the success of his strategy for dealing with the emergence of the Omicron strain, which is seeing the UK emerge from Covid restrictions faster than other European countries.

But one senior Tory said the earlier sessions were not a complete success, with the PM unwilling to guarantee no more damaging revelations will come out.

Whitehall sources said the Prime Minister had torn up his diary to talk with wobbling MPs ahead of the expected publication next week of the official inquiry into the 'Partygate' row by Whitehall ethics chief Sue Gray (Pictured: The PM at PMQs on Wednesday)

Whitehall sources said the Prime Minister had torn up his diary to talk with wobbling MPs ahead of the expected publication next week of the official inquiry into the 'Partygate' row by Whitehall ethics chief Sue Gray (Pictured: The PM at PMQs on Wednesday) 

The source said Mr Johnson had pleaded with Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, to retract a letter of no confidence sent

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