Shapps knew it was pointless to deny it, and was visibly shaken as MPs rushed to denounce him.‘It was a brilliant operation which flushed out Shapps and showed he had no one publicly supporting him,’ said one Cabinet Minister.
One Tory minister said: ‘Boris should start by practising what he preaches.’Another Cabinet minister known to have poor relations with Boris is Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary.
She ordered him to get to his feet to join a standing ovation to give the PM time to recover her composure after the comedian farce.
It might feel nice for the person doing it, it’s really distasteful for everyone who is forced to watch and it achieves nothing other than a bit of a mess. Let’s not be w*****s.’James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend East, replied: ‘Far to [sic] graphic Cleverly.’ Then outspoken backbencher Nadine Dorries effectively accused Duddridge of being anti-May and supporting Shapps’s abortive coup attempt: ‘As your name is supposedly on the [Shapps] list, perhaps you can deny that is the case.’There was no response, so she added: ‘You read my message three minutes ago. ’Other Tory MPs pointed out that Dorries was hardly loyal to David Cameron and George Osborne when she called them: ‘Two arrogant posh boys who don’t know the price of milk.’But she was unrepentant and accused two more MPs of plotting — former ministers Bob Neill and Owen Paterson, who have both denied the charge.
For good measure, Dorries rounded on Tory MPs Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston, telling them to ‘shut up’ and withdraw their calls for Boris Johnson to resign.
They loved it.’While denying he called for Johnson to be sacked, one thing is definitely true.
When the so-called comedian Simon Brodkin breached security and clambered up on the stage to interrupt the PM’s speech, Davis seriously considered punching him.Williamson, 41, came up with the master stroke of ‘outing’ Shapps as the MP behind the plot.On Friday, The Times reported authoritatively on its front page that Shapps was the ringleader.Meanwhile, Brexit Secretary David Davis has reportedly also urged Mrs May to sack Johnson because of his interventions on the EU talks — which are the Brexit department’s, not the Foreign Office’s remit. In the end he contented himself with a joke at Johnson’s expense.Davis was so frustrated by the antics of Johnson that he joked to colleagues he would make his keynote conference speech on Syria. ‘We train the best diplomats and put them to the test by sending them to work for the Foreign Secretary.’ Davis enjoyed the gag so much he asked Johnson: ‘Did you hear my joke?Davis, a former SAS reservist whose nose has been broken five times, said: ‘I didn’t because if he’s a disability campaigner it wouldn’t look too good if I’d decked him.’As for Johnson, who returned yesterday from an overseas visit, he sent a Whats App message to Tory MPs saying: ‘We have JUST HAD AN ELECTION and people are fed up with all this malarkey. Ordinary punters I have spoken to thought her speech was good and anyone can have a cold.