William Wragg, MP, Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee, made a statement at the Committee yesterday claiming that MPs suspected by the whips of submitting, or thinking of submitting, letters to the 1922 Committee are being blackmailed by threatening to withdraw funding from their constituencies, and that there appears to be a campaign orchestrated by 10 Downing St, and Ministers, to get damaging stories about them published by the press.
Video of Wragg's full statement can be viewed on this link.
This is interesting because Wragg is, according to Wikipedia, a member of the hard right group which is presently in control of the government.
Following an interim report on the connections between colonialism and properties now in the care of the National Trust, including links with historic slavery, Wragg was among the signatories of a letter to The Telegraph from the "Common Sense Group" of Conservative Parliamentarians. The letter accused the National Trust of being "coloured by cultural Marxist dogma, colloquially known as the 'woke agenda'".
In 2020, Wragg became a "lockdown rebel" and a steering committee member of the lockdown-sceptic COVID Recovery Group alongside a group of Conservatives who opposed the UK government's December 2020 lockdown. They have been[by whom?] seen as an "echo" of the Brexiteer European Research Group (ERG) of MPs, and a response by backbench Conservatives to Nigel Farage's anti-lockdown Reform UK party.
So Johnson is being assailed by both the hard right and the disgruntled 'red wall' MPs who are furious because their constituencies aren't being 'levelled up'.. (And goodness knows who else..)
If the hard right are after Johnson I'm not sure where he can hide...
(Saw a suggestion on twitter this morning that Johnson might solve his problem by crossing the floor to the Labour benches )
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