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The Prime Minister has privately pleaded with at least 30 potential rebels while allies have set up a 100-strong “save Boris” WhatsApp group, the Telegraph reports. He met with the potential rebels in his parliamentary office, where he privately asked MPs to explain their concerns in the hope he could convince them to keep supporting him. Mr Johnson has refused to resign over the latest allegations of parties in Downing Street during lockdown, which are being investigated by both civil servant Sue Gray, and the Metropolitan Police. Commenting on the Prime Minister’s shift into survival mode, Sky News political editor Beth Rigby noted: “Now in the kill zone, he’s fighting – hard.”
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‘Save Boris’ whatsapp group holding 100 MPs
Allies of the Prime Minister have set up a “save Boris” whatsapp group which contains almost 100 MPs.
A number of Mr Johnson loyalists have begun a “shadow whipping” operation to keep potential rebels in line.
The “shadow” whipping team is led by Chris Pincher, a levelling up minister, and Conor Burns, a Northern Ireland minister.
It is understood they set up the “save Boris” whatsapp group, which has 98 members, as a support group for wavering MPs.
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