Penny Mordaunt, the Minister who was recently placed on “resignation monitor” tonight by sources within the pro-Boris Johnson group, said that a No-confidence vote was likely. While the PM stated to allies that it would require a tank division’ in order to take him out of No.10.

According to one Minister, the Shadow Whiping Opera was used by the Prime Minister to increase support. He said that he became increasingly worried about her quitting because of Partygate.

Chris Pincher is the group’s leader. He was a whip and used his experience to organize loyalists.

The resignation comes weeks after the shock resignation of Munira Mirza (long-serving policy chief), which rocked the PM. Dan Rosenfield was appointed chief of communications and chief of staff. Martin Reynolds was principal private secretary. Narozanski was special advisor to the policy unit.

As a way to ride out Partygate, Johnson on Saturday announced two new chiefs in staff and communications. They are Steve Barclay, a Brexiteer, and Guto Harri (outspoken Remainer). 

The shadow whipping operation to shore up support for the Prime Minister was increasingly ‘worried’ that Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt (pictured) might quit over Partygate

Shadow whipping was used to boost support for the Prime Minster. It became increasingly “worried” that Penny Mordaunt, Trade Minister (pictured), might quit because of Partygate.

Penny Mordaunt revealed her feelings towards Mr Johnson in a letter to a constituent

Penny Mordaunt wrote to one of her constituents and expressed her sympathies towards Mr Johnson.

Trade Minister Ms Mordaunt’s allies, who belong to the One Nation group moderate Tories and are members of the One Nation, expressed dissatisfaction with the Government’s response to the crisis, the investigation by the police, and the comments made by Jimmy Savile about Sir Keir Sterner. 

One stated that it was possible for her to quit and added: “She’s trying to present herself as somebody with conscience, fairness, and good judgment.”

Another source said Ms Mordaunt – who once showed off her diving skills in Tom Daley’s ITV show Splash! – was ‘on manoeuvres’ and had recently been meeting MPs to drum up support for an expected run at the leadership.

According to a source, talk she might resign is not fair on shadow whipping. But she isn’t. 

“She is performing her job. We need to be calm.”

Johnson, according to some reports, has told allies he wants to keep power. A senior adviser said the Sunday Times that Johnson made clear that the Allies would need to send Panzer divisions to remove him from there.    

Boris Johnson's political opponents are said to be preparing a 'brutal briefing campaign' to discredit his wife (both pictured at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester last year) in a bid to topple his premiership as fresh storm clouds circle over Downing Street at the end of a tumultuous week

Boris Johnson’s political adversaries are reported to be planning a “brutal briefing” campaign to discredit Johnson’s wife. Both were pictured last year at the Conservative Party Conference, Manchester. This is a bid for him to be ousted as premiership.

Others Tories are also said to be considering quitting, including Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey (pictured)

Other Tories, such as Therese Coffee (pictured), are said to also be contemplating quitting.

Solicitor General Alex Chalk (pictured) could be considering resigning, sources claim

Sources claim that Alex Chalk, Solicitor General (pictured), could consider resigning. 

But shadow whippers from the troubled premier told the newspaper that 35 to 45 MPs may have submitted letters de no confidence. 

According to some MPs, it could be higher than 50. 

Carrie Johnson is currently evaluating whether Boris calling it quits would be better for Boris and her children. This comes amid increasing media pressure that has led to speculation and much speculation around her position and influence at Downing Street.  

These emotions may intensify with the publication of extracts from Lord Ashcroft’s highly-rated biography on the Prime Minister’s wife.  

Others Tories, such as Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Copey and Solicitor General Alex Chalk, are said to also be contemplating quitting. 

Two sources close to the pair said that they did not plan to travel. 

According to a source at the Home Office, Mr Johnson would likely be issued a notice of fixed penalty for his flat party actions on Sunday. 

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay (pictured) will become the PM's chief of staff and will be 'in charge of integrating the new Office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Office, driving the Government's agenda more efficiently and ensuring it is better aligned with the Cabinet and backbenchers', No 10 said

Steve Barclay, the Chancellor of Lancaster (pictured), will take over as the Chief of Staff of PM.

Journalist Guto Harri (pictured) is joining Downing Street as director of communications. He was Mr Johnson's spokesman and chief of staff during his first term as London mayor.

Guto Harri, a journalist and chief of staff for Mr Johnson in London is now the director of communications at Downing Street. During Johnson’s first term, he served as Mr Johnson’s spokesperson and chief of staff.

Mr Harri's new appointment has already caught the eye of ousted former special aide Dominic Cummings, who tweeted in response to the news on Saturday night: 'Message from No10: "So our new boss is a pro-Remain lobbyist who's said the PM is 'sexually incontinent', 'hugely divisive', 'destructive', 'dragging the country down', & picked 'wrong side' in referendum' GREAT."'

Mr Harri’s new appointment has already caught the eye of ousted former special aide Dominic Cummings, who tweeted in response to the news on Saturday night: ‘Message from No10: ‘So our new boss is a pro-Remain lobbyist who’s said the PM is ‘sexually incontinent’, ‘hugely divisive’, ‘destructive’, ‘dragging the country down’, & picked ‘wrong side’ in referendum’ GREAT.”

Boris Johnson (pictured) said both men will 'improve how No 10 operates, strengthen the role of my Cabinet and backbench colleagues, and accelerate our defining mission to level up the country'

Boris Johnson (pictured) stated that the men will “improve No 10’s operation, strengthen the roles of my Cabinet colleagues and backbench counterparts, and accelerate the definition mission of leveling up the nation.”

After being appointed Chief of Staff to the PM, Steve Barclay is now a question mark about how he will handle three different jobs simultaneously

There have been questions about the new Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. He will be balancing the role of ’24/7,’ as well as being an MP and Cabinet minister.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Steve Barclay (Chancellor of Lancaster) was announced as his Chief of Staff and will continue reforms at No 10.

Former holders of this job said they weren’t sure how Barclay could perform all the roles.

Gavin Barwell was the chief of staff for Theresa May and described Mr Barclay’s intelligence, intellect, high standards, and nice personality as “diligent, intelligent, smart”,

However, the Tory peer stated it wouldn’t be simple to combine chief of staff and a minister or politician.

Nick Timothy (who was also Chief of Staff to Mrs May with Fiona Hill) tweeted that Barclay was very talented but it’s not clear how having a chief chief of Staff who is also a Minister elsewhere could work.

Jonathan Powell tweeted that he held this position under Tony Blair: “Does the he quit as an MP?” Is he accountable to Parliament? It is impossible to imagine a democracy in which the chief staff could also participate in the legislative session.

“It was a very full-time job to be No. 10’s chief of staff. It is not clear how you could combine it with the responsibility of representing your constituency. Then you would have to travel to the parliamentary office to answer questions about your PM.

In the aftermath of partygate, Johnson had previously stated that he was making changes to Downing Street as well as the Cabinet Office. The creation of an Office for the Prime Minister, with a Permanent Secretary to manage No 10, was one example.

The Sunday Telegraph stated that Sir Lynton Crosby, a strategist, and David Canzini were also providing advice for Mr Johnson.

Downing Street stated that Mr Barclay is a reliable pair of hands and has been given the task of integrating the Cabinet Office and the Office of the Prime Minster.

Johnson announced that Guto Harri would be his Director of Communications. Guto was a longtime ally and worked at City Hall with Johnson when he was London Mayor.

Angela Rayner from Labour, the deputy leader, also shadows Mr Barclay said that “The Prime Minister clearly ran out of people who are serious about serving under his chaotic leadership. He now expects a cabinet minister to be his chief-of-staff.”

“This is absurd. The job of No.10 chief of staff requires you to work 24 hours a day so Steve Barclay can take it on as his third job. Tory MPs, the public and the general public cannot be sure that Downing Street’s dysfunction will end.

Dr Catherine Haddon, Institute for Government’s Director of Government Studies suggested that Mr Barclay should remain in his Cabinet Office position.

She stated that ‘either he is a chief of staff or Chancellor of Lancaster (CDL) and will not be able to fulfill his responsibilities. He could be de facto PM, despite Raab’s title. You don’t have a chief staff.

Chris Bryant (Labour MP) is the Chairman of the Commons Committee on Standards. Bryant tweeted that he didn’t get it: “I don’t see how an MP can be chief of staff at Drowning Street either democratically or legally.

Johnson stated that the changes he was making to his senior team would improve the way No 10 works, increase the power of my Cabinet, backbench colleagues and speed up our mission to elevate the country.

The PM hopes that the improvements will be enough to convince the Tory backbench Tory MPs, who have been considering whether or not to send letters of confidence to Mr Johnson to Sir Graham Brady over the weekend.

A vote of no confidence is called if the Chairman of the 1922 Committee gets 54 letters. 

Sir Charles Walker, a former vice chairman of The 1922 Committee, stated to The Observer, Mr Johnson’s departure is an ‘inevitable tragedy.

While he said that he wanted his PM to be free, he also added that “he is a student Greek and Roman tragedies.” This will end in him leaving. I would like him to retain some agency. 

This is often seen as the tipping point for Ministers who wish to quit.

As ex-Schools Minister Nick Gibb became the 14th MP to call for Mr Johnson to quit, a Johnson loyalist said it was ‘inevitable’ that 54 no-confidence letters would be sent to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee – the threshold for a vote. 

Referring specifically to Parliament’s recess: The source claimed that the PM must survive until Thursday and then adds that all the MPs will go skiing. 

He will be alive until Thursday, and then he can survive to the May elections.

Remainer ex-Ministers who were fired when Johnson came to power last week met Mr Johnson. 

According to a source, Jeremy Hunt was the former Health Secretary and Stephen Hammond the ex-Health Minister. Jeremy Wright was also present at meetings of the ‘olive branches’.

Meanwhile, speculation mounted over a leadership run by Ben Wallace as the Defence Secretary began to woo MPs – ostensibly discussing defence matters. 

According to a source, he was considered as Team Boris”safe pair’ in case the Prime Minister lost a confidence motion. 

Sources close to Wallace stated that he isn’t ready for leadership.

Boris Johnson, a Brexiteer and Chancellor of Lancaster, announced Saturday evening that Steve Barclay will assume the role of PM’s Chief of Staff. Guto Harri (55), will handle communications. 

Mr Johnson said both men will ‘improve how No 10 operates, strengthen the role of my Cabinet and backbench colleagues, and accelerate our defining mission to level up the country’.

Barclay’s responsibilities include integrating the Cabinet Office with the Office of the Prime Minister, driving the agenda of the Government more effectively and aligning it better with the Cabinet backbenchers.   

Cardiff-born Mr Harri has held several top communications roles in the past and was the PM’s spokesman and chief of staff during his first term as London mayor.

He was publicly reprimanded last July by GB News executives, and forced to leave after taking the knee for solidarity with black England footballers who were subject to racist abuses following the Euros final.   

Mr Harri’s new appointment has already caught the eye of ousted former special aide Dominic Cummings, who tweeted in response to the news on Saturday night: ‘Message from No10: ‘So our new boss is a pro-Remain lobbyist who’s said the PM is ‘sexually incontinent’, ‘hugely divisive’, ‘destructive’, ‘dragging the country down’, & picked ‘wrong side’ in referendum’ GREAT.”

Harri, an alumni blogger at Cardiff University, stated that he was “surprised and disappointed” by Johnson’s leadership. Harri also said that Johnson’s views were’very different’ than his former boss. Harri described Britain’s exit from the EU in a blog post from 2018. “An act of self-harm that is catastrophic for the UK.” 

He also claimed that he had ‘digged his political grave’, and warned him that he would be “hugely divisive” as Prime Minister. 

As Mr Johnson, the comments arrived His claim that Theresa May’s Brexit strategy put the UK into a suicide vest and gave the detonator back to Brussels drew a Tory response.

Harri said that Johnson had ‘dragged us to a place in which we can think that we will be able to joke about suicide vests, and that it is possible for us sexually incontinent.

In 2018, he told BBC Radio 4’s The Week at Westminster that he was “a tremendous unifying figure” by the time he left us. 

“There was a left-right divide. In a city as left-leaning as London, he would have not been re-elected if he didn’t appeal to the left.

“Now he’s going the other direction. He’s become more tribal, and tribal within the tribe, so that he would now be – if he were to become leader – a hugely divisive figure.’

Johnson stated that he had promised to make changes in order for them to be able continue the work they were elected by the British people. 

‘We have to keep our pandemic recovery going, get hundreds of thousands of people back to work and implement our ambitious agenda to make the whole country more competitive, improving everyone’s prospects, regardless of their whereabouts. 

“The changes I’m making today to my top team will improve No 10, strengthen the position of my Cabinet, backbench colleagues, as well accelerate our key mission to elevate the country.

There will be more announcements in the days ahead, with No. 10 stating that there would be an emphasis on improving liaison and engagement with MPs.