Are BLiz Club conspirators (Johnson and Truss supporters) encircling Rishi?

When it was revealed on Friday that Rishi Sunak had been fined for not wearing a seatbelt, the news was greeted with disproportionate joy by MPs loyal to Boris Johnson.

,He has to go!’ said one. “Look at the damage Boris has suffered because of his party sentence.”

The PM’s handed penalty order for not wearing a seat belt in a moving car is unlikely to set off the same chain of events that brought down Mr Johnson following Covid lockdown breaches at Downing Street.

But the reaction to it on his own backbenches shows how much the short, uncertain truce between the opposing factions in the party is already beginning to crumble.

A Mail on Sunday poll gives Mr Sunak a boost by suggesting there would be no more electoral backlash for the party if Mr Johnson were to return to his former role as Prime Minister

It’s a tricky coalition between pro-Boris MPs and a smaller rump of MPs loyal to his short-lived successor, Liz Truss. Despite mutual distrust, the BLiz club is united in their dislike of Mr Sunak’s ‘high tax, low growth’ conservatism as they see it.

The two former prime ministers met earlier this month for a secret “summit” at 5 Hertford Street, the exclusive London members’ club that has become synonymous with political intrigue, although both sides insist there is “absolutely no conspiracy” between them are.

While Mr Johnson openly pledges loyalty to Mr Sunak, his frontrunners dream of their hero returning triumphantly at No. 10 if Labour’s current double-digit opinion poll lead doesn’t fall this year.

Nadine Dorries, Boris’ most avid cheerleader, has interviewed dozens of sources – all with secret code names – for The Political Assassination Of Boris Johnson, her “crime” account of his dramatic departure from office.

The former cabinet minister isn’t the only senior Tory hopeful the sequel will be titled The Political Resurrection Of Boris Johnson.

This comes as a Mail on Sunday poll today gives a boost to Mr Sunak by suggesting there would be no more electoral backlash for the party if Mr Johnson were to return to his former role as Prime Minister.

With Mr Sunak at the top, Sir Keir Starmer’s Labor is at 44 per cent with the Conservatives at 30 per cent, 14 points off.

Research revealed that with Mr Johnson in 10th place, the lead would be the same.

The Deltapoll poll also found Mr Sunak outperforms Mr Johnson by 36 per cent to 28 per cent when asked who could best lead the Conservatives to the next election.

An ally of Mr Johnson told today’s The Mail on Sunday: ‘Boris definitely wants it. He thinks he has something to do’

However, our survey gave Mr. Sunak a net approval rating of minus 15 and Mr. Starmer a score of plus ten.

While Mr Johnson has signed a deal for his memoir, his supporters stress there are no plans to publish it this year.

Many are hoping for a sequel called The Political Resurrection Of Boris Johnson

They say he has “unfinished business” and predict Mr Sunak’s government will implode by the autumn under the weight of growing disenchantment with his heavily taxed conservatism and Sir Keir Starmer’s apparent power move. They agree that Mr Sunak’s insistence that only “idiots” would cut taxes in the current climate amounts to electoral suicide.

But casting a heavy shadow over those alleged ambitions is the specter of the Commons inquiry into Mr Johnson over Partygate, which will remind voters of the rows over lockdown violations at Downing Street.

The “kangaroo court,” as its supporters characterize Parliament’s Privileges Committee, will let millions question Mr Johnson over whether he misled MPs about unlawful assemblies.

Mr Johnson has been accused of joking at a No10 exit event during lockdown that “this is the most anti-socially distanced party in the UK at the moment”.

However, he repeatedly told Parliament he was unaware that the gatherings had breached the Covid laws in force at the time.

BLiz allies have been fueling each other’s paranoia: According to diplomatic chatter that has reached the ears of the Boris camp, friends of Mr Sunak have encouraged senior figures in Washington to attack Ms Truss’ doomed budget in September.

The International Monetary Fund’s harsh comment that “we are not recommending large and untargeted tax packages at this time” helped increase pressure on Ms Truss’ crumbling regime and paved the way for Mr Sunak to succeed her.

The suggestion is dismissed by sources close to Mr Sunak, who say that “the idea that Rishi was making plans during Liz’s time is absolute nonsense… He was enjoying time with his family and away from the stresses of government”. There are also allegations that Mr Sunak’s determination to maintain sound finances is at the expense of good governance.

Ms Truss is mobilizing her loyal group of supporters behind a “political and commercial plan” to restore her reputation and boost her finances

According to a Johnson ally, when Mr Sunak was Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2019, he blocked proposed £70million funding for counter-terrorism programmes. Mr Johnson overruled it – a day before the terrorist attack on London Bridge that killed two people.

Other sources claim that Mr Sunak, as chancellor in February last year, blocked a £200million request from Mr Johnson to pay for detention facilities for asylum seekers at army bases and old airfields, and to fund improved coordination between the border force and the military to help to try to address the small boat crisis.

A source said: “He has never bothered to attend a single Small Boats Task Force meeting.

“He wanted asylum seekers to be ‘distributed throughout the community’ but that made it impossible for them to track them down and many just fled and disappeared.”

Pro-Johnson MPs also murmur that the tax could shorten Mr Sunak’s political career in other ways.

After rowing over the revelation that his wife Akshata Murty claimed non-domicile tax status – meaning she didn’t have to pay UK tax on income earned elsewhere – lawyers have told them the rule means “the clock is ticking”. the couple’s time in this country.

Although Ms Murty was forced to give up her right to only pay “international taxes” on her foreign earnings, she is still exempt from inheritance tax that would be due on the couple’s estimated £700million fortune.

That right expires in 2027, after which she would risk landing her family with a hundreds of millions of pounds in tax bills if she stayed in the UK.

All allegations are denied by Mr. Sunak’s allies, who say the slanders are fabricated or distorted.

Those Tory MPs moaning at the prospect of a return to Johnson’s colorful politics point to polls predicting he will lose his Uxbridge seat in the next election.

But his supporters say that if he were prime minister again, the chances of him holding the seat would be significantly higher – or at least he would be able to find a safer seat for himself. Despite their shared political beliefs, a ‘BLiz Club’ alliance would be highly cynical even by Westminster standards. A source who claims to be aware of Mr Johnson’s thinking says he supported Ms Truss in the leadership contest against Mr Sunak last summer because “he figured she was going to explode and he could sail to the rescue”.

The source adds, “He just didn’t expect it to explode so soon.”

Few of Mr Johnson’s supporters will speak openly about the comeback plan, although one, Lord Greenhalgh, publicly predicted earlier this month that Mr Johnson would become prime minister again by the end of this year.

If the results of May’s local elections are as bad for the Conservatives as many party strategists fear, the release of Ms Dorries’ book on the end of Mr Johnson’s leadership could add fuel to the fire.

She said earlier this month the Tory party will “die” unless Mr Johnson returns as leader, after telling The Mail on Sunday Labor strategists believed his ouster from No10 was “gold dust” for theirs Odds have been the next choice.

A Boris-Liz alliance is cynical even by Westminster standards

Meanwhile, Ms Truss – said by friends to have “emerged from the grieving period” after her defenestration – is mobilizing her loyal group of supporters behind a “political and commercial plan” to salvage her reputation and boost her finances.

Sources close to Ms Truss say the “most likely” person to have “encouraged” the IMF to criticize the Truss budget was Sir Tom Scholar, a senior Treasury official who was sacked shortly after she became prime minister would.

But senior Whitehall sources say Sir Tom – rather than being a “Sunak henchman” – is being tipped to take a senior role at Labor under Sir Keir Starmer.

The sources added that the IMF’s criticism “came out of the blue” and the Treasury Department had “received no advance notice.”

An ally of Mr Johnson told today’s The Mail on Sunday: ‘Boris definitely wants it. He thinks he still has something to do. His people are starting to organize themselves properly. It’s not just gossip anymore.”

Another said: “He is the only person who has a mandate.

“He got it from voters in the 2019 general election and from party membership.

“He’s still very popular with the base.

“It will not be a problem to get the members to support him again.”

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “Boris Johnson fully supports the Government.” Are BLiz Club conspirators (Johnson and Truss supporters) encircling Rishi?

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