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Boris Johnson LIVE: Rebels about to unleash new secret recordings – plot to oust PM erupts

Question Time: Audience members refuse to defend Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson insisted he had “seen no evidence” to support the claim from William Wragg that rebels were facing “intimidation”.

The Times reports Tory MPs keen to oust the Prime Minister are looking to publish private and secret texts and conversations.

A source close to the rebels told The Times: “One member has recorded a heated conversation that they had with the chief whip.”

Of the intimidation claims, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “We are not aware of any evidence to support what are clearly serious allegations. If there is any evidence to support these claims we would look at it very carefully.”

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Former minister says intimidation claims are ‘very strange

Conservative MP Philip Dunne has described the claims that Boris Johnson intimidated his Tory critics as “very strange”. 

Asked if there should be an inquiry, the former minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I find it a very strange allegation, and I was a whip myself.

Mr Dunne was a whip for three and a half years adding: “Obviously the whips try to persuade colleagues to support either the Government or the opposition depending on which side they’re on, but I’ve never come across anything as described like that.

“I find it very strange.”

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