Laura Kuenssberg gives dire warning to Boris in brutal analysis ‘Confidence shaking’

Laura Kuenssberg warns of Tory MP’s ‘confidence shaking’

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Laura Kuenssberg appeared on BBC Newscast and gave her damning assessment of the Conservative sleaze scandal and where Boris Johnson will find himself in the aftermath. The Prime Minister has had a difficult two weeks as he attempts to restore public trust in the Government following his decision to try and overturn Owen Paterson’s Standards Committee ruling and has felt the wrath of many angry backbenchers who made their negative opinions known. Ms Kuenssberg laid out three main points following the sleaze row which includes Mr Johnson dealing with a potential civil war breaking out within his party during her analysis of the situation.

Speaking on Newscast, Ms Kuenssberg delivered her assessment of the recent sleaze row and explained three main points that needed to be taken away from the story.

She explained: “There are several things, number one, the Government has spent more than two weeks trying to close something down and they are failing.

“And it is shaking many Tories confidence in the party.

“Number two, Labour are absolutely convinced they are on to something and they have been talking about sleaze for months.

“Whether it is Covid contracts or other things and it has really come to life for them as an issue in the last week or so.

“And number three, it shows us that on this issue there are very hot tempers and also Westminster just loves having a row about itself.”

Mr Johnson had to face the Liaison Committee this week where he was relentlessly grilled by select committee chairs about his tenure in government.

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The Prime Minister admitted it was a “total mistake” defending Owen Paterson after he was found to have breached lobbying rules by the Standards Committee.

Soon after, Mr Johnson appeared before the 1922 Committee of his own backbenchers and received a “muted” response from his colleagues.

Bloomberg reported Mr Johnson told MPs: “On a clear road I crashed the car into a ditch.”

Mr Johnson has seen his own MPs rebel against his decision to try and overturn Owen Paterson’s lobbying breach with Aaron Bell saying he put the new 2019 Conservative backbenchers in an “invidious” position by whipping them to support the Leadsom Amendment.

Mark Fletcher, a member of the Standards Committee, said he had “no problem” supporting the report which attacked Owen Paterson’s breach.

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This week, the Government’s proposals on second jobs passed 297 votes in favour with 0 against.

Opposition parties boycotted the vote.

Labour had put forward an opposition day motion to force the Standards Committee to come up with a detailed plan on curbing MPs’ second jobs by the end of January.

MPs would then be given the chance to debate the plans a few weeks after.

However, the Government put forward a similar proposal that removed a guaranteed debate and altered the language which would restrict second jobs to “within reasonable limits”.

It is believed the wording refers to the number of hours worked outside of Parliament to ensure it does not negatively impact the primary role of an MP.

The government’s amended motion passed without opposition, with 297 votes in favour to 0 against.

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