Rishi Sunak has been accused of “collusion” with the Privileges Committee over Boris Johnson after threatening Tory MPs who have called it “a kangaroo court”. Express.co.uk has been told by pro-Boris Johnson MPs that they have been told they will face disciplinary action if they criticise the committee.
It follows Mr Johnson announcing his resignation on Friday after discovering the committee intends to have him suspended from parliament.
He described it as “a kangaroo court” and said the motive was to discredit him as the first part of a move to discredit Brexit.
Now the whips office and Downing Street are understood to be calling MPs threatening them not to repeat those accusations.
They have been told they will be reported to the Privileges Committee themselves if they do.
One senior Conservative MP, who received a call, said: “Colleagues are saying ‘bring it on’. It is a kangaroo court and nobody will stop us speaking out.
“This proves to many of us that Downing Street was in collusion with the Privileges Committee to get Boris.
“Many colleagues have had enough of this rabble running the party and their pathetic threats won’t scare anyone.”
The row has broken out as Sunak appears to be losing control of his party.
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Already Mr Johnson, Nadine Dorries and Nigel Adams have quit as MPs causing by-elections and four more could follow, sources have claimed.
Former Cabinet ministers Nadhim Zahawi and Alok Sharma are both on resignation watch.
A source told Express.co.uk: “Zahawi is on the point of walking, he has had enough. Sharma is 50/50 but is very hurt his peerage on Boris’ honours list was cancelled.
“Two more are ready to follow. We currently have three by-elections but I would be astonished if by Monday there aren’t six.”
Mr Sunak has yet to respond to the resignations and mounting chaos within the Conservative Party.
Meanwhile, Labour’s campaign coordinator Shabana Mahmood accused the Prime Minister of losing control of his party and being “too weak” to unite the Tories.
Ms Mahmood, speaking to Sky News in front of a group of activists in Mr Johnson’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency, said: “People here care about the cost of living, the Tories care about themselves.”
Asked whether winning the Mid-Bedfordshire and Selby and Ainsty by-elections would be a “tall order”, she insisted the party is “fighting for every vote”.
Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams announced on Saturday he was following Mr Johnson and ex-Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries’ lead in quitting Westminster.
Ms Dorries stood down from her Mid-Befordshire constituency just hours before the former PM’s shock announcement on Friday.
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