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'Fed up' Boris Johnson denies he'd cling to cabinet role

11 October 2017

Theresa May has survived an attempted party leadership coup after a series of top Tories gave her their support on Sunday.

UNDER pressure Boris Johnson blamed his own allies for trying to get Philip Hammond sacked instead of him.

While professing loyalty, his interventions were seen as undercutting May and causing unnecessary unrest ahead of the party's conference last week that culminated in a disastrous speech by May, marred by a coughing fit and letters falling off the slogan on the set behind her.

A minister told The Telegraph: 'Let's say she tries to move Boris to defence secretary. However, it appears they did not receive the support they had expected, with members of the cabinet staying in line behind May.

The ex-Tory leader, whose own premiership was marred by infighting and plotting, said he had viewed the turmoil in the Conservative Party with "increasing dismay".

He went on: "We are a united cabinet, as one behind the Prime Minister".

As well as promoting a new generation of Tory MPs, Mrs.

"The country has had enough of the self-absorbed and, frankly, disloyal behaviour we have witnessed over recent weeks", he wrote, calling for the party to unite and for the government to "win back hearts and minds" or risk the prospect of "neo-Marxist" Corbyn taking the keys to Number 10.

"He'd just say no - what is she going to do about it?"

Theresa May's official spokesman declined to comment on reshuffle speculation, but said that the Prime Minister has full confidence in both Mr Hammond and Mr Johnson and believes both are doing a good job.

Mr Shapps was then lambasted by loyalist MPs, again on Whatsapp, who added him to their group in order to tell him to "wind your neck in".

Senior Tory leader and former prime minister John Major waded in, accusing "self absorbed" critics of undermining May.

The moves against Hammond have followed reports that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will be one of the victims of the cabinet reshuffle after his unauthorised articles on Brexit for The Telegraph and Sun newspapers.

He added: "Yes, we will have to mostly operate under existing rules during the transition but we will be able to negotiate proper free trade deals and business will be able to prepare properly for Brexit".

Jenkin said the European Union has "co-opted the CBI, parts of the City and, it seems, the Treasury to assist" in making Brexit damaging, and that "they are legitimising European Union threats of economic disruption".

The Observer newspaper said unnamed senior Conservative figures said while May had no long-term future they were pressing her to shake up her team, hoping new blood would re-energize the party as well as frustrate Johnson's ambitions.