The Conservative party has a rather funereal air about it this morning, following this week’s two bruising by-election losses in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton, which saw the party get walloped in both the 'red wall' north and true blue south.
And since the losses it appears that Tory animosity towards the PM has been building up. Two former Tory party leaders, William Hague and Michael Howard, have now said that cabinet ministers should pressure Boris Johnson to leave No. 10, with Howard telling the World at One that:
‘The party and more importantly the country would be better off under new leadership. Members of the cabinet should very carefully consider their positions.’
Others in the party are calling on Boris Johnson to cut his Commonwealth trip to Rwanda short and scuttle back to the UK so he can sort out the mess his party is in.