Rishi Sunak ‘planning to bid for leadership’ says Paul Embery

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Boris Johnson’s “boosterism” will not see him through the crisis currently engulfing No 10, a senior Tory has said, as the resignation of a key ally prompted more questions about the Prime Minister’s future. Brexit minister Lord Frost resigned with “immediate effect” on Saturday night, having previously agreed with the Prime Minister he would leave his job in January. Trade Unionist Paul Embery has claimed Chancellor Rishi Sunak is “planning to bid” for the Conservative leadership.

Speaking to GB News, Mr Embery said: “They love a bit of regicide in the Tory party, don’t they?

“I’m absolutely sure they’re all lining up and for the rest of us, it’s incredibly entertaining.

“I think Rishi Sunak clearly is at some point planning to bid for the leadership.

“Liz Truss is improving her public image with this Thatcherite, Iron Lady appeal; sitting in tanks and wrapping herself in Union Jacks.

“I think she’s got quite an odd back story actually.

“She was the president of the Liberal Democrats students and seems to have gone on this trajectory off to the right.

“On a serious point, I think the last thing we need at the moment is that kind of Thatcherite leader.”

It comes as Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East), who chairs the Commons Defence Select Committee, said many Conservative colleagues shared the desire for there to be “a consistency of where we want to go”.

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He told Times Radio: “I think this is what perhaps unites more and more of the wider party, and we’ve seen this since the Owen Paterson debacle, is that it needs to be clarity of our vision, there needs to be a consistency of where we want to go, people need to be included, the decision-making in No 10 needs to be improved.

“We need an, almost like, a wartime leader, we need a strong No 10, and the machinery of No 10 around Boris Johnson, that’s what needs to be improved.

“The boosterism, the energy, is not enough in these current circumstances alone.”

Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough, told Trevor Phillips On Sunday on Sky News: “Boris has led this country exceptionally well … But what comes next? And that’s what I think Lord Frost is talking about.

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“I think part of that rebellion of 100 Conservative MPs was partly due to the fact that we want to see the Prime Minister move to a more conservative agenda in future.”

Mr Bone also said he agreed with Lord Frost’s concerns over the prospect of “coercive measures” to control coronavirus.

The MP said: “I’ve cancelled all in-person meetings and the get-together with staff, I cancelled. I won’t be going to crowded places, but leave that up to the individual to make that decision, don’t have the state telling me what I have to do every day, and so in that regard, yes, I’m with Lord Frost on that.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid defended the PM as he told Trevor Phillips: “I think Boris Johnson is the best person to take us through the challenges the country faces.”

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