SUN EXCLUSIVE: Bombshell warning to Boris Johnson from powerful Tories: lift lockdown soon or face leadership threat…
Influential backbencher Steve Baker has told colleagues “its inevitable the Prime Minister’s leadership will be on the table" unless lockdown path given. Says: "People are telling me they are losing faith in our Conservative Party leadership.”…
“If we continue forward with a strategy that hammers freedom, hammers the private sector, hammers small business owners and hammers the poor, inevitably the PM’s leadership will be on the table: we strongly do not want that after all we have been through as a country.”
Mr Baker raged: “Certain Government scientists have said that the current lockdown could last until late spring. There is no reason to think there will be any real resistance in Cabinet to the argument for greater and longer and more draconian restrictions on the public."
“Government has adopted a strategy devoid of any commitment to liberty without any clarification about when our most basic freedoms will be restored and with no guarantee that they will never be taken away again. "
Adds: “People are telling me they are losing faith in our Conservative Party leadership because they are not standing up for our values as a party."
And a sign off to send a cold chill through Downing Street: “I am sorry to be blunt but if we do not act now, events will become inevitable. For the good of the country please contact the Chief Whip.”

Angela Rayner: “British people need a govt that is committed to defeating this virus and getting Britain vaccinated. Instead, the day after our country recorded the highest daily death toll since this crisis started, the Cons are playing politics and fighting amongst themselves.

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