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Tory MP warns trying to force a vote of confidence in new Conservative leader would be 'suicidal'

Conservative MPs considering enforcing a vote of no confidence in their next leader have been warned by a fellow MP that the move would be “suicidal”.

Allies of the outgoing prime minister have been working on plans to keep Boris Johnson at number 10, it said The times.

The news follows Mr Johnson’s former chief of staff, who yesterday hinted at a shocking comeback for the prime minister, saying people should “never write him off”.

Johnson’s supporters are rumored to be plotting an immediate coup once the new prime minister is elected, with a view to a no-confidence vote before Christmas.

Jake Berry MP, who supported Mr Johnson in his election campaign, suggested that attempting to return to office is “certainly suicidal” and would destroy the party.

While one supporter reportedly said the party would soon realize they had lost a “fine” leader.

Boris Johnson's former chief of staff yesterday hinted at a shocking comeback for the prime minister, who said people should 'never write him off'

Boris Johnson’s former chief of staff yesterday hinted at a shocking comeback for the prime minister, who said people should ‘never write him off’

Boris Johnson's allies have reportedly planned a no-confidence vote against the new leader (Photo: Conservative Party leader candidate Liz Truss)

Boris Johnson's allies have reportedly planned a no-confidence vote against the new leader (Photo: Conservative Party leader candidate Liz Truss)

Boris Johnson’s allies have reportedly planned a no-confidence vote against the new leader (Photo: Conservative Party leader candidate Liz Truss)

The Time reported that some Conservative MPs are trying to organize a no-confidence vote to take place before Christmas (Photo: Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak)

The Time reported that some Conservative MPs are trying to organize a no-confidence vote to take place before Christmas (Photo: Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak)

The Time reported that some Conservative MPs are trying to organize a no-confidence vote to take place before Christmas (Photo: Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak)

Jake Berry (pictured behind Liz Truss) warned that a vote of no confidence would be 'suicidal' for the party

Jake Berry (pictured behind Liz Truss) warned that a vote of no confidence would be 'suicidal' for the party

Jake Berry (pictured behind Liz Truss) warned that a vote of no confidence would be ‘suicidal’ for the party

Johnson wrote in the Sunday Express that the Conservative Party must ‘come together’ and support the new leader ‘wholeheartedly’

Meanwhile, The Sunday Mirror reported that 12 MPs were willing to submit letters to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee.

They believe that Boris Johnson is the only person who can lead the party to victory in the next election.

Former Secretary of State David Davis said the rumors are most likely coming from Boris Johnson’s own camp.

Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow secretary of international trade, denounced the idea at Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

He said the Conservative Party must be “completely lost” if there is a plan to oust one leader and then hold a leadership contest to try and bring the other leader back.

Lord Udny-Lister quoted Mr Johnson’s old joke about being ready to take the lead when the ‘ball comes loose at the back of the scrum’.

The confidential counselor complained that MPs had reacted “exaggeratedly” and had paid too much attention to Twitter when they ousted the prime minister.

Mr Johnson will leave Downing Street on Tuesday, with the new Tory leader – most likely Liz Truss – taking the helm.

Lord Udny-Lister, who worked with him when he was mayor of London and also on No10, told Sky News he would “never say anything about Boris Johnson”.

“Anything is possible in the future, but for now we have a new leader and as he said yesterday, the party must now rally behind the party and the MPs rally behind the new leader,” the peer said.

Lord Udny-Lister quoted Mr Johnson's old joke about being ready to take the lead when the 'ball comes loose at the back of the scrum'

Lord Udny-Lister quoted Mr Johnson's old joke about being ready to take the lead when the 'ball comes loose at the back of the scrum'

Lord Udny-Lister quoted Mr Johnson’s old joke about being ready to take the lead when the ‘ball comes loose at the back of the scrum’

“He’s going to watch all this and if something happens in the future, like you said, if the ball gets loose in the scrum, anything can happen. I’m not going to predict – I’m just saying I would never write it off.”

Lord Udny-Lister said the Conservative MPs had done the ‘wrong’ thing by forcing Mr Johnson from power.

“I think they overreacted and I think they put too much into their Twitter accounts and didn’t think straight and I don’t think it was a good move,” he said.

“I think he was the best prime minister we’ve had; I think he would have remained a good prime minister and I think he would have been very successful in further general elections.”

Lord Udny-Lister also argued that Johnson should not have been fined for Partygate.

“I always thought that was very unfair, basically because he wasn’t going to have a surprise birthday cake….

“Most incidents or parties were not parties as you or I know them, they were people, some of the younger staff, having a drink at the end of a Friday while they were busy all week.”

Lord Udny-Lister told Times Radio in a separate interview that the Prime Minister was very sad about the way he left.

The adviser said Mr Johnson was “deeply shocked by what has happened and the speed of it.”

When asked if Mr Johnson was angry at being removed from office, like former US President Donald Trump who refused to concede the election, the conservative colleague replied: “He’s not Donald Trump, and yes, of course he is. angry about that, but he also acknowledges that he has to move on.’

Lord Udny-Lister said the next prime minister should appoint an ethics adviser after allegations of Tory sleaze contributed to Mr Johnson’s downfall.

A Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday revealed that more than half of all Tory voters in 2019 think the next Prime Minister should offer Johnson a role in government.

Of those who supported the prime minister three years ago, 53 percent wanted him to be offered a job, while 34 percent opposed it.

When asked whether Johnson would be a good future candidate for prime minister, however, 2019 voters were divided, with slightly more against (49 percent) than in favor (42 percent).

Voters voted for Johnson earlier than in July, and his net favourability has increased by 12 points. However, it lags behind other candidates for Prime Minister by -28, compared to -25 for Liz Truss and +2 for Sir Keir Starmer.