Anushka Asthana, deputy political editor for ITV News, reported just before 9pm tonight that a group of 30 MPs loyal to Mr Johnson met to discuss ways to get other Tories to continue to support the PM.
She said that they are “getting those loyal MPs to try to persuade colleagues to get Johnson through this – arguing that he needs to be able to focus on the other issues on table,” such as the situation in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis.
Ms Asthana said that even the most loyal MPs “believe it will be a massive, uphill challenge to win back support of country and party ” if he survives.
She added: “One MP said they felt it would need less a night of the long knives, and more a week of the machete.”
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