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Boris Johnson says speculation over his future is driving Britons ‘crazy’ | Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has claimed questions over his prime ministership have been ‘settled’ and speculation over his future is driving the British people ‘crazy’ as pressure mounts on his leadership following the Tories’ double defeat in the partial elections.

The Prime Minister has also warned Tory MPs to consider further moves to overthrow him to instead focus on the needs of those in the UK who are angered by the rows centered on Westminster.

His comments came amid claims of renewed attempts by backbench MPs seeking to oust him after he lost both by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton and the resignation of his party co-chair Oliver Dowden.

Johnson, asked by reporters if questions about his leadership were settled, replied, “Yes.” He then added: “What drives people crazy is this endless mix of things about things I’m supposed to have stuffed or whatever about my colleagues, their view of me, my character, the direction , Tory blah blah.”

Reports claimed some MPs were seeking to change the 1922 committee rules so they could hold another vote of confidence. MPs who want to impeach the prime minister are seeking election to the top 18 posts on the 1922 Committee, which dictates how to conduct votes of confidence in Conservative party leaders, the Telegraph claimed.

When asked how he would react if ‘the men in gray suits’ asked him to stand down, he replied: ‘I love my colleagues and I always will. I respectfully urge them to – the golden rule of politics, Johnson’s rule #1 – focus. The more we talk about Westminster politics, the more irritating it is to voters. »

Johnson is currently protected from another leadership vote for a year, having won a poll this month – despite 41% of Tory MPs voting for his impeachment.

Dowden’s resignation raised concerns that others could follow this weekend. As the scale of defeats at Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton crumbled – both with worse-than-expected swings against the Tories – a series of senior Tories added their voices to those calling for Johnson’s departure.

Johnson said the lesson he had learned from by-election defeats should not be distracted by the “endless churning” of news claiming he had “stuffed up”.

“I think the lesson I take from the by-elections in Tiverton and Wakefield is very simple: I think people were actually sick of hearing about things that I had stuffed or allegedly stuffed or whatever. either – this endless, completely legitimate, but endless churning of news about a particular type of news about a type of thing. And they wanted me to keep working,” he said.

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Earlier, Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that his role was to look at exactly what happened and ‘reflect on the criticisms that really matter’.

When told Dowden had resigned saying business could not go on as usual, Johnson said: ‘If you say you want me to go through some kind of psychological transformation, I think our listeners would know that this is wrong. occur. What you can do, and what the government should do, and what I want to do is continue to change, reform and improve our systems and our economy.

The Prime Minister is not due to return to the UK until Thursday evening, after attending a G7 summit in Germany and a NATO meeting in Spain.

Johnson declined to comment on reports he had planned to build a £150,000 treehouse on the Checkers grounds, but was forced to drop the idea after police raised security concerns. The Times claimed the Prime Minister and his wife, Carrie, wanted to build the country retreat treehouse in the fall of 2020 for their son, Wilf.

There were talks for David Brownlow, a Tory donor, to fund the project and plans for the tree house were drawn up, it was claimed, but the project was scrapped after protection officers Close to the Prime Minister warned of a safety risk as the treehouse would be visible from the road.

The report says the design included bulletproof glass, which significantly increased the cost of the project. The couple decided not to proceed with the plans after advice from police, it was claimed.

When asked on Saturday whether a penny of taxpayer or donor money had been spent on the plan, Johnson said, “I’m not going to comment on non-existent items or non-existent jobs to do with my family.” He did not deny that plans had been drawn up.