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Boris Johnson's fate is in the hands of those he has snubbed. Can he survive with so many minds turned against him?

Added 01-24-22 05:14:02pm EST - “Boris Johnson hates making enemies but his 'scorched earth' policy towards the Conservative party has chalked plenty up. Now they hold his fate in their hands.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Boris Johnson's fate is in the hands of those he has snubbed. Can he survive with so many minds turned against him?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

With a report into allegations of illegal parties in Downing Street expected to be published this week, and the constant drip-drip-drip of leaks, the prime minister's future is to be decided by those around him.  

Westminster is bracing for the verdict of Sue Gray, the senior civil servant conducting an inquiry into partygate. But she is unlikely to be the one to land the killer blow. Instead, several of Johnson's own MPs appear to be lining up to do so – and many of them are people he has snubbed, sacked, or disappointed. 

The arcanely-named 1922 Committee of backbench MPs might, once upon a time, have policed such moments of drama. The executive of the 1922 — a small group of MPs that governs the leadership process for the Conservative Party — has done it before. Back when Theresa May was facing a vote of no confidence over her much-hated form of Brexit, Number 10 worked with the exec to game the system by holding a snap poll, not giving backbenchers time to think — or the European Research Group (ERG) time to plot. 

Although the exec contained some of the most ardent Brexiteers, wider party unity was more important, and May went on to win — at least until, ultimately, she resigned.

But under Johnson's premiership these influential MPs have become some of his most vocal critics. 

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