Nadine Dorries urges Boris Johnson’s return as PM as Liz Truss loses grip on power

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt

·Political Correspondent, Yahoo News UK

Thu, 20 October 2022 at 12:39 pm

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Former culture secretary Nadine Dorries was Boris Johnson’s staunchest ally in his cabinet. (Getty Images)

Former Tory minister Nadine Dorries has called for the return of Boris Johnson as prime minister as pressure grows on Liz Truss to quit amid unprecedented chaos in government.

Truss presided over a day of mayhem on Wednesday as home secretary Suella Braverman resigned, one of Truss’s senior advisers was suspended pending investigation, and cabinet ministers were accused of “manhandling” Tory MPs to force them to vote in favour of fracking.

On Thursday morning Dorries, the former culture secretary and staunch Johnson ally, called for him to return.

“One person was elected by the British public with a manifesto and a mandate until January 25,” said Dorries.

“If Liz Truss is no longer PM there can be no coronation of previously failed candidates. MPs must demand return of Boris Johnson – if not it has to be leadership election or a general election.”

Her remarks come in response to reports that senior Tory MPs are plotting to bypass another full Tory leadership contest to install a “unity” candidate – possibly former leadership hopefuls Penny Mordaunt or Rishi Sunak – as Truss’s successor.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries meet baton bearers and Commonwealth Games volunteers during a visit to a stadium in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday May 12, 2022.
Nadine Dorries was a long-time ally of former PM Boris Johnson. (PA)

Such a move has been dubbed a “coronation”, and has caused anger among the Tory right – with Dorries describing the idea as “an abomination” and anti-democratic.

“It is inconceivable that we could continue to face the world parading the notion that we are a democracy,” she added.

“A coronation is the transfer of power out of the hands of the people and into the offices of a few already extremely powerful men in grey suits.

“It would be an abomination.”

Growing numbers of Tory MPs have publicly expressed concern over the prime minister’s position or outright called for her departure.

Senior Tory MP Simon Hoare told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Thursday and Friday were “crunch days”, and that Truss 12 hours to salvage her premiership.

“Can the ship be turned around? Yes,” said Hoare.

“But I think there’s about 12 hours to do it. I think today and tomorrow are crunch days.”

Elsewhere, Miriam Cates, Conservative MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge and member of the powerful backbench 1922 Committee, told Times Radio: “It’s time for the prime minister to go.”

She added: “I think the prime minister has lost the confidence of MPs and we’re in a real mess, aren’t we?”

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