David Davis delivers killer blow – Boris to be dragged kicking and screaming from post

David Davis tells Boris Johnson 'in the name of God, go'

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Mr Davis, 73, sent shockwaves through the House of Commons today when he demanded Boris Johnson leaves his position as Prime Minister. The former territorial SAS soldier landed the killer blow hours after a dozen of Mr Johnson’s own Red Wall MPs handed in their letters of no confidence and Christian Wakeford, Tory MP for Bury South, defected to Labour. After being selected by the Speaker to ask a question, Mr Davis explained that he had spent “weeks and months defending the Prime Minister” and reminding constituents of his successes in delivering Brexit and the vaccine rollout.

He said: “But I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take.

“So I’ll remind him of a quotation altogether too familiar to him – of Leo Amery to Neville Chamberlain – ‘You have sat there too long, for all you have done. In the name of God, go!'”

His comments were greeted by outrage and jeers on the Tory benches.

Undeterred by his peers’ response, the former Cabinet minister, has now doubled down on his position.

In an interview with the Telegraph, he said: “Boris will not leave Number 10 unless he’s dragged out kicking and screaming.

“Very few inhabitants of Number 10 go voluntarily. That’s why I felt the need to give him a nudge.”

Mr Davis’s criticisms and Mr Wakeford’s defection come as Mr Johnson fights to save his premiership after admitting he attended a Downing Street garden party during the first lockdown.

Reflecting on his decision to publically criticise the Prime Minister, Mr Davis said: “I’ve just made myself the most unpopular person in the Tory party. Well, the second most unpopular.

“But I’ve gone from thinking maybe we can rescue it to maybe we just have to accelerate it and get it done.”

The Prime Minister’s defence for the event on May 20, 2020, rests on his claim that “nobody told [him]” it was against the rules, and his insistance that he believed it was a “work event”.

In a 14-minute interview on Tuesday, he repeated this stance and asked for patience while civil servant Sue Gray conducts an inquiry into the May event, as well as a string of other alleged parties.

But Mr Davis, who was first elected in 1987, says it is this inadequate explanation and abdication of responsibility which led him to publically revolt.

He explained: “I don’t know why he did that interview. It wasn’t really a mea culpa – it was somebody else’s culpa.

“If he really meant ‘let’s wait for the outcome of the Sue Gray inquiry’, why was he out giving interviews?

“What he essentially said was ‘it’s not my fault’, undermining his apology from last week. Nobody told me what my rules were? It sounds pompous.

“But there’s a moral requirement of leadership. If you make a mistake, you’ve got to accept the blame, not try to blame somebody else.

“He’s delivered Brexit, he’s got some good outcomes on vaccines and other things.

“But he’s not met the leadership criteria I care about, which is that he takes responsibility for what he does – and until he does that, I don’t think he can fix it.”

Mr Davis’s condemnation comes as the Government initiates “Operation Red Meat” – a proposed policy blitz to win back the disgruntled electorate.

The policies include axing the BBC licence fee, removing Covid restrictions and taking a tougher stance on illegal Channel crossings among other measures.

Mr Davis, who has served under every Tory Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher, remained unimpressed.

He described the flurry of policies as “panicky populism” and an “insult to voters’ intelligence”; instead, he wants “a commitment to be proper Conservativism, not Labour lite”.

Mr Davis cautioned the Prime Minister against underestimating voters’ intelligence and using “patronising” policies to save his own skin, adding: “They know what’s going on.”

So far, six Tory MPs have publicly declared no confidence in the PM, but more are thought to have submitted letters to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, who organises Tory leadership contests.

There are claims that the threshold of 54 letters needed to trigger a no-confidence vote and leadership election could soon be reached after a reported jump in submissions yesterday, but there has been no official confirmation.

Mr Davis said he has not written to Sir Graham Brady, nor does he intend to.

He explained: “I’m not an agitator, I’m a party man. I’ve never sent a letter of no confidence, and I’ve never voted against a leader.”

But pushed on whether he believes Mr Johnson can redeem himself, the Brexiteer replied: “No, I see no sign of him fixing it.”

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