Senior Tories turn on Boris Johnson over leadership sniping

Boris Johnson faced a mounting backlash from Tories as he stepped up his leadership sniping today.

Mr Johnson’s tough line on Brexit and support for traditional Tory values has made him a favourite with the party’s grass roots.

But there has been notable frustration with the ex-minister among senior Conservative over his trouble-making. 

Cabinet ministers told Mailonline Mr Johnson had not been doing himself any favours with his obvious trouble-making.  

One senior Brexiteer minister said: ‘Boris is not being helpful. He is just wrong on this and he has misjudged it.’ 

Another pointed out the contrast with the ‘respectful’ way David Davis had conducted himself since resigning in protest at the Chequers plan.

Asked if he would be watching Mr Johnson speak today, former deputy PM Damian Green – who is bald – said he would be ‘washing my hair’. 

Boris Johnson (pictured arriving at Tory conference today) faced a mounting backlash from Tories as he stepped up his leadership sniping

Boris Johnson (pictured arriving at Tory conference today) faced a mounting backlash from Tories as he stepped up his leadership sniping

Boris Johnson (pictured arriving at Tory conference today) faced a mounting backlash from Tories as he stepped up his leadership sniping

Asked if he would be watching Mr Johnson speak today, former deputy PM Damian Green - who is bald - said he would be 'washing my hair'

Asked if he would be watching Mr Johnson speak today, former deputy PM Damian Green - who is bald - said he would be 'washing my hair'

Former Labour trade minister Lord Digby Jones was applauded when he condemned Mr Johnson as 'irrelevant and offensive' from the conference stage on Sunday

Former Labour trade minister Lord Digby Jones was applauded when he condemned Mr Johnson as 'irrelevant and offensive' from the conference stage on Sunday

Asked if he would be watching Mr Johnson speak today, former deputy PM Damian Green – who is bald – said he would be ‘washing my hair’. Former Labour trade minister Lord Digby Jones was applauded when he condemned Mr Johnson as ‘irrelevant and offensive’ from the conference stage on Sunday

John Howell, who took over from Mr Johnson as Tory MP for Henley, told The Sun: ‘As far as I’m concerned, Boris can just f*** off.’ 

Chancellor Philip Hammond used his conference speech yesterday to launch an excoriating attack on the ‘fantasy’ Brexit proposals put forward by Eurosceptics including Mr Johnson.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he also mocked Mr Johnson’s blustering manner and insisted he would never become Prime Minister. 

Former Labour trade minister Lord Digby Jones was applauded when he condemned Mr Johnson as ‘irrelevant and offensive’ from the conference stage on Sunday. 

A clearly tetchy Mrs May was repeatedly grilled over her rival’s manoeuvring during a round of interviews this morning – but tried to ignore the questions by talking about her other priorities.

With a grim smile, Mrs May said she expected Mr Johnson’s speech to a fringe meeting to be a ‘lively event’.

But she insisted she was focused on improving opportunities for young people and delivering her Brexit deal.

Downing Street made a bold bid to distract from the circus around Mr Johnson today by unveiling the government’s post-Brexit immigration policies, saying EU nationals will in future be treated the same as people from all around the world.

A move to introduce civil partnerships for straight couples was also announced in an apparent attempt to drown out his anticipated onslaught. 

Mrs May herself will not be watching Mr Johnson’s intervention as she is due to be doing interviews. 

Theresa May (pictured with aides at conference today) shrugged off Mr Johnson's speech saying she expected it to be a 'lively event'

Theresa May (pictured with aides at conference today) shrugged off Mr Johnson's speech saying she expected it to be a 'lively event'

Theresa May (pictured with aides at conference today) shrugged off Mr Johnson’s speech saying she expected it to be a ‘lively event’

 

 

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