The Tory plot to oust Boris Johnson evaporated last night as his critics admitted removing him now would ‘play into Vladimir Putin’s hands’. 

Sir Roger Gale, the first MP to publicly declare he had sent a letter of no confidence in the PM, said he should stay through the Ukraine crisis. 

He said: ‘Now is not the time to change our leader. We are in the middle of an international crisis. We have to stand together and get this sorted, it is more important than anything.’ 

Andrew Bridgen, who had called for Mr Johnson to resign, said: ‘If there were a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister tomorrow I’d have to vote for him because of the international situation. Getting rid of him would play into Putin’s hands.

‘There may well be a day of reckoning for Partygate, but it is not now and it is not for the foreseeable future.’ 

Mr Bridgen withdrew his letter of no confidence a fortnight ago. 

Matt Hancock toured the TV studios yesterday to shore up support for Mr Johnson.

Sir Roger Gale, pictured, the first MP to publicly declare he had sent a letter of no confidence in the PM, said he should stay through the Ukraine crisis.

Sir Roger Gale, pictured, the first MP to publicly declare he had sent a letter of no confidence in the PM, said he should stay through the Ukraine crisis.

Sir Roger Gale, pictured, the first MP to publicly declare he had sent a letter of no confidence in the PM, said he should stay through the Ukraine crisis.

The former health secretary resigned from Cabinet after he was found to have broken lockdown guidance.

But he said he believed the PM should stay. 

He told BBC News: ‘Now is not the moment. You’ve got to think about who should be leading the country… especially with Vladimir Putin doing what he’s doing in Ukraine. The Prime Minister’s personal relationship you can see with Volodymyr Zelensky is very strong.’ 

Asked if Mr Johnson could remain as PM, Mr Hancock responded: ‘Yes he can, and he should. He has apologised, he’s By Deputy Political Editor acknowledged the problems and made changes in Downing Street.’ 

But one of Mr Johnson’s allies warned: ‘The biggest problem is not whether he attended parties, but whether he misled the Commons about them taking place.’ 

But Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said: ‘After over two months of police time, 12 parties investigated and over 100 people questioned under caution, Boris Johnson’s Downing Street has been found guilty of breaking the law.’

Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s embittered former adviser, said he still believed his days were numbered. 

He wrote on his blog: ‘Yes, [I] still think he’ll go this year – think Cabinet will fall apart and probably MPs will boot him.

‘MPs will panic when they see scale of economic horrors and that No 10 has no plan, can’t do anything, just carries on taling s**t to media every day.

‘And of course the party horrors will return for him… and pics…’ 

Source: Daily Mail

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