Boris Johnson: Conservative Civil War at the forefront as Lord Frost bows in support of his leadership bid | Politics | News

Lord Frost left the cabinet last month after he was apparently disappointed with a slew of recent policy choices by Boris Johnson, particularly regarding strict Covid restrictions, tax hikes and ‘net zero’ green policies. He told the Mail on Sunday, in his first interview since his resignation, that Mr Johnson should not step down, but should instead set a different tone on the country’s “travel direction”.

According to Lord Frost, this would include being “more proud of our history”, “reviving the country economically” – which means “free markets, free debate and low taxes” – and giving the feeling that “something is changing here”.

But her remarks have been questioned by historian and KCL guest scholar Helene von Bismarck.

She dismissed the article in which her interview appeared as a “piece of puff”, writing in a post on Twitter: “A man who has never been elected to anything shares his vision for the country in general and the country. Conservative Party in particular.

Lord Frost stressed that his departure from government – as well as his subsequent comments – was not a question of calling into question the leadership qualities of Mr Johnson, or even Mr Johnson as a person.

He said: “I think it was sad to see me go. I am sad to go in this direction.

“But it was a matter of politics. It was nothing else and I think he understood.

Ms von Bismarck was not so certain, suggesting that Mr Frost’s actions were part of an attempt to change the upper echelons of the Conservative Party.

She believes her interview is interspersed with “more than a hint of an impending leadership race.”

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“With a majority of 80 seats, he must seize the opportunity and pass legislation that takes advantage of the opportunities offered by Brexit.

“Animal sensitivity and the green agenda should take a back seat. “

This follows remarks by the chairman of Britain’s longest-running Tory think tank, the Bow Group, who thinks people are calling the time on Mr Johnson’s leadership of the Tory Party over his ‘Blairite policy’.

Ben Harris-Quinney told that Mr Johnson “has lost his faith in the Conservative movement, on issues such as immigration” and “his green agenda”.

He said: “I think he will limp as a leader, but it will be very difficult for him to regain that confidence now with his constituents in 2019.”

Mr Harris-Quinney added that Mr Johnson could face a “serious leadership challenge” after the next general election – in 2024 at the latest – which is “likely to bring Britain back into the territory of parliaments without majority or very small majorities “.

Recent polls also suggest the PM is on shaky ground, with a majority of voters believing his government has done a ‘bad job’ on all measures – including handling immigration, handling Brexit and fight against crime – since 2019, apart from the deployment of the Covid. vaccine.

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