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'Pork Pie Plot' to ditch Boris Johnson as 20 Tory MPs submit no confidence letters

More than a dozen Tory MPs who were elected at the 2019 election met at Westminster to conspire over Boris Johnson's future, The Mirror understands. The PM has been accused of lying to the House of Commons

Boris Johnson ’s premiership is in the balance tonight after angry Tories met to plot his downfall.

A minister has called it the Pork Pie Plot because the MP for Rutland and Melton - home of Melton Mowbray's infamous pork pies - is alleged to have been involved. As many as 20 of the 2019 intake of Tories reportedly plan to submit letters of no confidence in the PM tomorrow. One Tory said: “His time has gone.”

And the partygate probe is to quiz Dominic Cummings who alleges Mr Johnson lied to Parliament.

Angry Red Wall Tories are plotting the PM's downfall over the partygate scandal. The Mirror understands that more than 20 Tory MPs who were elected at the 2019 election met at Westminster to conspire over the Prime Minister's future. With the Tories teetering on the brink of civil war, one frustrated minister dubbed it the 'pork pie plot' as the MP for Melton was alleged to have been one of those involved. Another rattled Cabinet minister branded the Red Wall MPs a "load of fu***ng nobodies" in comments set to hammer relations still further. One Tory MP was quoted as saying: “His time has gone.” Another said: “I think we’ve done it... The whips operation completely backfired. Colleagues now have a sense they aren’t alone.” In another blow for the PM, the Mirror learned that Whitehall enforcer Sue Gray will interview Dominic Cummings before presenting her findings into Downing Street parties. A Government source said: "Sue wants the inquiry to be as robust as possible. He is going to be interviewed by the time the inquiry concludes." Mr Johnson has been accused of lying to the House of Commons by claiming he thought that a "bring your own booze" garden party on May 20, 2020 was a work event. In explosive claims, Mr Cummings had claimed the PM "waved aside" concerns about the rule-busting gathering at the height of lockdown. In a deeply uncomfortable broadcast interview, Mr Johnson claimed that "nobody told me" the No 10 garden party was "against the rules".

This was even though his own Government drew up the rules which millions of other Brits had followed at the time.

The PM, looking pale and drawn on a visit to a North London hospital, repeatedly refused to rule out resigning if he was found to have misled Parliament.

Dominic Cummings will be interviewed by Sue Gray ( Image: Getty Images)

"Well, let's see what the report says," he said.

Mr Johnson sparked widespread disbelief last week at PMQs when he apologised for the gathering but claimed he "implicitly believed" it was work related.

Downing Street has fiercely denied claims by multiple senior journalists that two officials told Mr Johnson the event was “a party” before it happened.

Dominic Raab claimed that Mr Johnson would "normally" be expected to resign if he intentionally misled Parliament.

The deputy PM then remarked: “There was speculation that the May 20 party was held in my honour to thank me, it’s just ridiculous.”

When Sky News presenter Kay Burley exclaimed “so it was a party!” he replied: “No, exactly, er, no, er, the, no no no no.

“This is the claim that was made, it was nonsense, I wasn’t invited and I didn’t attend.”

Rishi Sunak, tipped as Mr Johnson's most likely successor, gave a lukewarm show of support for the beleaguered PM.

The Chancellor said "of course" he believed Mr Johnson's account to Parliament but refused to give him his full backing, abruptly leaving the interview after being grilled over whether he had lied.

Downing Street has launched 'Operation Red Meat', a slew of policy announcements designed to appeal to the Tory base, including on migrant crossings and BBC funding.

In another attempt to appease disgruntled Tory MPs, the Government will tomorrow set out plans to relax the remaining Covid restrictions in England.

The PM is also claimed to have triggered 'Operation Big Dog' to save himself by sacking several senior aides.

Mr Johnson confirmed that he had also been interviewed by Ms Gray.

He claimed that he and "other eyewitnesses" would be willing to swear under oath that senior officials had warned the event was against the Sue Gray is carrying out an inquiry ( Image: Parliament TV)

Rishi Sunak refused to give Boris Johnson his full backing ( Image: PA)

Dominic Raab said Boris Johnson would be expected to resign if he misled Parliament ( Image: itv)

Boris Johnson apologised to the Queen( Image: PA)

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