Boris Johnson tells party rebels to 'bring it on' in fight for his job
And so the coup begins?
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Wakeford's defection is thought to have not only sewn greater seeds of doubt among wavering backbenchers but others to rally behind the PM, though there is uncertainty underlying the apparent split as some Tory plotters are now debating if and when to launch their coup.
His most loyal supporters believe the prime minister has bought himself with the Whitehall 'Partygate' report, as it is thought his detractors will allow him a reprieve until it has been published before mounting any coup. Answers on a postcard as to why.
As for the report itself, it is being carried out by senior civil servant Sue Gray and is not expected until next week, meaning the PM and his apologists will undoubtedly move to root out and put massive pressure of their own on the rebel MPs looking to destabilise his position.
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