Tuesday, May 28

Boris Johnson fed up with media stories about Tory conference scandal



The Foreign Secretary reacted to articles in the Daily Telegraph and The Sun claiming Mr Johnson was calling for Chancellor Philip Hammond to be sacked and would refuse to leave his post if he was demoted by Theresa May.

In a WhatsApp message to Conservative MPs, he wrote: “I am frankly fed up to the back teeth with all this.

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I do not know who these people are. I do not know if they are really my friends and allies or if they represent some sinister band of imposters.

I heartily disagree with the sense, tone and spirit of what they are quoted as saying.

Whoever they are they do not speak for me.

The Prime Minister has come under pressure to sack both Mr Johnson and Mr Hammond as she tries to reassert her authority over the Tory party.

Mrs May vowed she would not hide from a challenge amid speculation she could reshuffle her Cabinet to shore up her precarious position.

On Monday, The Daily Telegraph reported that Mr Johnson would resist any attempt to demote him, forcing Mrs May to either leave him in post or sack him.

Mrs May has faced repeated questions on whether Mr Johnson is “unsackable” after she lost her Commons majority in the general election.