The tradition secretary mentioned the prime minister has instructed her personally that the marketing campaign is “not proper”.
Round 14,000 Conservative members are reported to have signed a petition demanding a vote on whether or not Johnson’s resignation needs to be accepted.
It has been organised by Tory donor and peer Lord Cruddas, who mentioned the PM had instructed him over lunch at Chequers that he wanted to remain in the job and lead the celebration into the following election.
Cruddas instructed The Telegraph: “There was no ambiguity in Boris’s views. He positively doesn’t need to resign. He needs to hold on and he believes that, with the membership behind him, he can.”
However showing on Radio 4’s Right this moment programme this morning, Dorries insisted Johnson didn’t assist these concerned within the marketing campaign.
She mentioned: “The prime minister really spoke to me about this just a few days in the past, and he mentioned, simply in passing, ‘for those who hear something about these individuals, inform them to cease, it’s not proper’. These have been his actual phrases.”
Dorries, who’s supporting Liz Truss’s marketing campaign to succeed Johnson as Tory chief and prime minister, additionally took intention at her rival, Rishi Sunak.
“I’m bitterly disenchanted that Boris Johnson was eliminated by way of a ruthless coup led largely by Rishi Sunak,” she mentioned.