Boris Johnson is going to ‘delay’ a cabinet reshuffle ‘until autumn’ following his party’s double by-election defeat, as Labour insiders claim ‘Operation Domino’ plan to bring across six Tory MPs is still ‘in play’.
Although the Prime Minister was expected to shake up his cabinet of ministers before parliament goes to recess on 21 July, he has reportedly told allies he wants ‘more time to think through’ the switches.
Environment secretary George Eustice, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan were all said to be ‘vulnerable’ in Johnson’s reshuffle, which has been pushed back because he will only return to Number 10 on Friday 1 July after a string of international duties.
A cabinet minister told The Times that those who are sacked in the re-jig coming in autumn could leave them to become ‘really vigorous agitators’ and end up undermining the government from the backbenches.
This comes as Boris Johnson appeared to play down his vow to stay as PM into the mid-2030s on as he faces more Tory plotting. The PM trolled his critics on Saturday by making clear he intends to stay in power for another decade despite the latest by-election disasters and dire polls.
Mr Johnson said he was ‘thinking actively’ about fighting for a third term – which would almost certainly take him past Margaret Thatcher’s 11 years in power.
And now it has been revealed that at least half a dozen Tory MPs were looking to switch over to the Labour party, with sources within Sir Keir Starmer’s party claiming that ‘Operation Domino’ is ‘still very much in play’.
A party source, an ex-cabinet minister who once supported Boris Johnson, described that the Prime Minister is ‘completely delusional’, according to the Mirror.
And a senior MP from one of the ‘Red Wall’ seats added that the PM was ‘showing increasing signs of a bunker mentality, and that never ends well’.
After the comments at the Commonwealth summit in Rwanda incurred fresh wrath from backbenchers, Johnson seemed to strike a much softer tone with regards to his survival chances as PM as he arrived in Germany for a G7 gathering.
Boris Johnson is going to ‘delay’ a cabinet reshuffle ‘until autumn’ following the double by-election defeat as Labour insiders claim ‘Operation Domino’ plan to bring across six Tory MPs is still ‘in play’.
Although the Prime Minister (pictured second from right with leaders at the GC summit in Germany on Sunday) was expected to shake up his cabinet of ministers before parliament goes to recess on 21 July, he has reportedly told allies he wants ‘more time to think through’ the switches
And now it has been revealed that at least half a dozen Tory MPs were looking to switch over to the Labour party, with sources within Sir Keir Starmer’s (pictured on Friday) party claiming that ‘Operation Domino’ is ‘still very much in play’
Asked by journalists if he was being ‘delusional’ on the topic, Mr Johnson said: ‘What I’m saying is this is a Government that is getting on with delivering for the people of this country and we’ve got a huge amount to do.
‘In the immediate future we’ve got to get people through the current global inflationary pressures, the post-Covid, Ukraine-exacerbated inflationary pressures that people have got, the energy price spikes that we have got.
‘But at the same time we have got a massive agenda of reform and improvement, a plan for a stronger economy, whereby we have to reform our energy markets, our housing markets, the way our transport networks run, our public sector – we’ve got to cut the cost of Government.
‘We’ve got to make sure we grow our economy by reducing the burden of taxation on business and on families and have better regulation.’
He buttered up the leaders as he warned that ‘fatigue’ over the war could fracture the Western unity established in the first days of the conflict – as the UK, US, Canada and Japan kicked off the summit by banning imports of Russian gold.
Boris’s wife Carrie arrived alongside Boris before posing to have photos with the German Chancellor and his wife Britta Ernst.
Boris Johnson and wife Carrie has launched a charm offensive to try and woo world leaders at the G7 in Germany
The Prime Minister mingled with the likes of US President Joe Biden and German chancellor Olaf Scholz
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with (backs to camera) European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Boris Johnson with Justin Trudeau in the holding room ahead of the official welcome ceremony during the…