Boris plunged into crisis as PM faces ‘record’ Plan B revolt amid ‘Christmas party’ fury


oris Johnson’s leadership was plunged into crisis on Thursday as he faced a “record” revolt by Tory MPs over new Covid restrictions amid fury over the No10 “Christmas party” last year. Dozens of MPs from both wings of the Conservative Party were preparing to defy the Prime Minister and vote next week against the new restrictions.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, treasurer of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, warned of the growing adoption of more and more stringent restrictions, with vaccine passports and now a debate about mandatory Covid jabs.

He told The Standard: “This is completely unacceptable in a Government that believes in freedom. People are urging the Prime Minister to get a grip.”

As anger among MPs over the “Christmas party” and other recent blunders reached boiling point:

* The Plan B restrictions were described as a “body blow” to London’s arts scene, amid a warning they will put people off from going to theatres and West End shows.


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