Boris Johnson’s senior conservative critic accuses the prime minister of “blackmail” opposition

Conservative lawmakers who want to resign Boris Johnson as prime minister are facing “threats” and “blackmail” from the minister, Tory senior lawmakers claim.

Conservative lawmaker William Wragg, who asked Johnson to resign, said, “Many of his colleagues came from government members because he declared or was supposed to want a vote of trust in the Prime Minister’s party leadership. Faced with pressure and intimidation. Minister. “

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the Rutherford Diagnostic Center in Taunton, Somerset, England, on January 20, 2022. (Andrew Matthews-WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Some lawmakers have been threatened that the investment could be withdrawn from their membership, Wragg told the House of Commons’ Executive and Constitutional Affairs Committee, which he chairs.

He also said he received reports that Downing Street staff and ministers encouraged “publication of articles in the press trying to confuse those suspected of lacking trust in the prime minister.”

Mr. Rugg said: “The intimidation of parliamentarians is a serious problem. Moreover, the reports I know seem to constitute extortion.”

He advised the MP to report these issues to himself, the Chairman of the House of Commons, and the Metropolitan Police Department.

However, Boris Johnson claimed that there was no evidence to support the claim.

“I haven’t seen any evidence to support these claims,” ​​he said in a talk to the broadcaster when he visited a medical facility in Taunton.

“What I’m focusing on is what we’re doing to address the UK’s top priorities brought about through COVID,” he said.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, chairman of the House of Commons, said interfering with the performance of parliamentarians would be an “insult” to parliament.

“The whiplash system has been around for a long time, but of course it is despised to interfere with members’ performance of their duties or intimidate them in their actions in parliament,” he told the MP. rice field.

The main opposition Labor Party said it had to thoroughly investigate “bullying, blackmail, and serious and shocking accusations of misuse of public money.”

“I don’t like the idea that our region will run out of money because parliamentarians don’t line up to support this failed prime minister,” said Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner.

Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the LDP, accused Boris Johnson of acting like a “mafia boss” and said police had to investigate.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan