Sunday 26 June 2022 08:39 AM Rebels mull new coup attempt as Boris vows to stay into 2030s trends now

Sunday 26 June 2022 08:39 AM Rebels mull new coup attempt as Boris vows to stay into 2030s trends now
Sunday 26 June 2022 08:39 AM Rebels mull new coup attempt as Boris vows to stay into 2030s trends now

Sunday 26 June 2022 08:39 AM Rebels mull new coup attempt as Boris vows to stay into 2030s trends now

Boris Johnson sounded defiance today as he faces more Tory plotting - and rumours that Red Wall MPs are mulling defection to Labour.

The PM trolled his critics in the wake of two by-election drubbings by making clear he wants to stay in Downing Street until the mid-2030s.

Mr Johnson said he was 'thinking actively' about fighting for a third term – which would almost certainly take him past Margaret Thatcher's 11 years in power.

But the attacks kept coming today, with the resignation of party chair Oliver Dowden on Friday having sent the temperature soaring. 

Labour insiders claimed to the Sunday Times that half-a-dozen Tory MPs are considering defecting.

One of the candidates to succeed Mr Johnson told The Mail on Sunday that they expected the PM to face a challenge 'within weeks or even days' following the disastrous results in Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton. 

More no-confidence letters are also thought to have been sent to the backbench 1922 committee, even though Mr Johnson fended off a previous challenge earlier this month and should in theory be safe for a year,   

Boris Johnson (pictured in Rwanda yesterday) trolled his critics in the wake of two by-election drubbings by making clear he wants to stay in Downing Street until the mid-2030

Boris Johnson (pictured in Rwanda yesterday) trolled his critics in the wake of two by-election drubbings by making clear he wants to stay in Downing Street until the mid-2030 

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Damian Green (left), who chairs the One Nation caucus of Tory MPs, warned the Government 'needs to alter both its style and content' and called on the Cabinet to step in. Keir Starmer (right) urged Mr Johnson to 'bring it on' over threats of an early general election

Damian Green, who chairs the One Nation caucus of Tory MPs, warned the Government 'needs to alter both its style and content' and called on the Cabinet to step in.

Former minister David Davis also lashed out at the PM's claim the only argument of 'substance' for a change of direction he had heard from his critics was for the UK to return to the EU single market, arguing this is 'plainly not true of me, or many others'.

Mr Johnson insisted the 'endless churn' of allegations was 'driving people nuts', as he pushed on with his Rwanda trip despite suggestions further ministerial resignations could follow.

He told reporters in Kigali that questions of his leadership were 'settled' after he won a vote of confidence earlier this month, and pledged he would not undergo any 'psychological transformation' in order to win over unsupportive MPs.  

Asked if he would lead his party into the next election, he said: 'Will I win? Yes.'

In a buoyant mood, the PM added: 'At the moment I'm actively thinking about the third term and what could happen then, but I will review that when I get to it.'

Labour, meanwhile, challenged the Tories to call an early election, with leader Sir Keir Starmer telling Mr Johnson: 'Bring it on.'

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer meets with new Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood (right), as the party reclaimed the West Yorkshire seat from the Conservatives in the Wakefield by-election

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer meets with new Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood (right), as the party reclaimed the West Yorkshire seat from the Conservatives in the Wakefield by-election

The Prime Minister's pledge to carry on into the next decade will infuriate those MPs scheming to remove him from office after he lost both Wakefield and Tiverton

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