Raducanu RETIRES just 33 minutes after their first game on the pitch

IAN HERBERT AT NOTTINGHAM TENNIS CENTRE: Raducanu held onto the left side of her back from the very first game of her Nottingham Open match against Viktorija Golubic. (Author: Gardener)

just 33 minutesEmma Raducanus' Wimbledon was doubtful after being forced to retire after just seven games in their first grass game of the summer with a 'freak' injury. Raducanu held onto the left side of her back against world No. 55 Viktorija Golubic from the very first game of their Nottingham Open match. Their coach was immediately on the sidelines and Raducanu was treated on two substitutions, with the teenager lying next to her chair and also on painkillers after the third game. Serving clearly caused her pain and she was broken in three of the four games she served before leaving the court. The 19-year-old had said on the eve of the Nottingham Open that she felt perfectly fit after only needing a day's rest after being eliminated in the second round at the French Open. But the fact that she showed discomfort so early in the game suggests there had been an underlying problem. "I think I drew something," Raducanu said. Raducanu found the rigors of the WTA Tour difficult to handle in her first full season as a professional player. She retired from the Italian Open with back problems and played with back pain during the Billie Jean Cup. In Rome, an ongoing back problem forced her to retire midway through the second set against Bianca Andreescu. Microphones on the field picked up Raducanu as she told a coach in Rome that she "couldn't move" because of her back problems. Before her physical collapse in Rome, both runs at the Miami Open and Madrid Open were abandoned due to injury issues. Raducanu has done more training in the gym and looks physically stronger than a year ago. The knockback reinforces the feeling that Raducanu is physically fragile. It is the third time since her US Open win last September that she has been forced to withdraw from a tournament injured. This was Raducanu's first tour-level match on British soil since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, which was marred by her breathing difficulties which forced her to defeat Australian opponent Ajla Tomljanovic, who went down by one set and 3-0 led to give up. Raducanu said Tuesday she was excited to see what summer might bring. She immediately hit another serve en route to the break. Their potential superiority over the Swiss was clear as she broke serve twice in the short time they were on the court. But Raducanu visibly flinched during her fourth game of service and seemed unable to reach for ground shots on her backhand side. Golubic expressed surprise that Raducanu - world No. 12 - had been forced to resign. I'm still in my match focus and bubble but looking forward to a real challenge. January After losing to Danka Kovinic in the third round of the Australian Open, it was revealed that Raducanu was struggling with a huge blister on her finger that took weeks to heal. February: Raducanu withdrew from a WTA event in Monterrey a week later because a leg problem had forced her to withdraw from a first-round match in Guadalajara in March: Raducanu cited a stiff back after losing to Croatia's Petra Martic in Indian Wells , but refused to use that as an excuse, admitting: 'I just have to come out stronger'April: Raducanu needed a time-out with a blister on her foot as she was beaten by Marketa Vondrousova in the Billie Jean King Cup in just 62 minutes May: Now, after withdrawing in the first round of the Italian Open with lower back pain, Raducanu confirmed she is fit to compete in the French Open in June: Concerns are growing for Wimbledon as Raducanu after just 33 minutes out of their first-round match at the Nottingham Open. She requested a medical time-out after three games and required pain medication for a left rib problem


Emma Raducanu a doubt for Wimbledon after suffering a 'freak injury'

Emma Raducanu a doubt for Wimbledon after suffering 'crazy injury' - The US Open winner withdrew from her opener of the grass season after just seven games in Nottingham (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu has admitted she is in doubt for Wimbledon after the US Open winner suffered a "crazy injury" in her opening game of the grass season on Tuesday. Raducanu was forced to withdraw from her second-round match at the Nottingham Open after her remarkable triumph in New York last September, after just seven games after her first competitive appearance on British soil. Raducanu was treated on her left side, with a trainer tending to her rib and upper arm, and the British No.1 said she would undergo a scan to determine the nature of the injury as she faces one in three weeks Race stands to be fit for Wimbledon ' time. "I think I pulled something, I'm not really sure what exactly happened," Raducanu said after the match. “I just came off the pitch, an absolute freak injury. I don't know what else I could have done. "I need to do a scan first. I will not go to "Google Doctor" myself. “I have no idea (about Wimbledon). I have no idea. After taking painkillers and a medical time-out, Raducanu tried to continue but was forced to retire in the opener against world No. 55 Golubic 4-3. It was her first game in Britain since her historic fourth-round entry at Wimbledon last year, followed by a memorable win at Flushing Meadows. This is the third time this season that Raducanu has been sidelined through injury. The 19-year-old downplayed injury concerns ahead of the French Open last month, having suffered from hand blisters, foot blisters and an ongoing back injury so far this season. From news to politics, travel to sports, culture to climate, The Independent has a variety of free newsletters to suit your interests.


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Is Emma Raducanu's coaching approach "brutal" or will doing "some pretty crazy things" pay off in the long run? (Author: Gardener)

Emma Raducanu'sEmma Raducanu graduated from high school at the French Open last year - now ranked 12th in the world as a US Open champion as she prepares for her Roland Garros debut. But unlike most in the position, Raducanu has changed coaches frequently and has been able to land lucrative deals with eight global brands. Building a long-term relationship with a coach may therefore seem beneficial, but traditionally that's not Raducanu's path. "I think they want someone who can challenge their tennis IQ and there are very few people who can," says a person with knowledge of the family. Nigel Sears left the scene after Raducanu's run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last year and Andrew Richardson was given a contract until the end of the US Open, which was ultimately not renewed despite the unforgettable September triumph. The head of women's tennis at the LTA, Iain Bates, traveled to Madrid and Rome with Raducanu this month, but much of the technical work over the last six weeks has been carried out by the LTA's senior performance advisor, Louis Cayer. Cayer, best known for his work with doubles players like Jamie Murray, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski, is credited with recent improvements to Raducanu's technique. Both Emma and her father, Ian, are said to enjoy Cayer's forensic approach and video analysis. But perhaps the most significant appointment of the year will emerge as Raducanu's new hitting partner. The 29-year-old American was in the top 300 in the world and was Raducanu's hitting partner at Indian Wells last October. "You can't always go left and right," said an insider I spoke to recently. A much-repeated fear is that coaches will no longer be tempted by the inevitable short-term nature of a role at Raducanu. "They use up the coaches' resources and knowledge pretty quickly and then they obviously want the next one," they said. "When people do things differently, the whole world looks at it and thinks it's bizarre because nobody's done it before." Pretty crazy things, and they turn out to be gold mines." Raducanu's approach to coaching is different Observer who knows the family, well summarized. "If a coach doesn't work, he just gets done," they said. “So I wasn't surprised Torben [Beltz] left when I saw her play. It didn't really feel like she made any improvements. "Obviously it's brutal and there will be a number of coaches by the end of their careers I'm sure." "I think they want someone who can challenge their tennis IQ and there are very few people who can. I think that's quite difficult for them to understand and digest. "I think they sign up with coaches and then they're pretty disappointed because they don't know as much as they thought they did." Ian Raducanu has been described by one tennis insider as "a constant thirst for information" and by another as "obsessed with peripheral details". When asked how best to describe him, some of the adjectives chosen in response were "demanding, analytical, opinionated and personable". British player Naomi Broady, whose father Simon has always been the dominant figure in her career (and hasn't spoken to his son Liam for three years), sees the strong parental involvement as a big plus. "Emma and I wanted to play doubles together on the grass last summer," she said. "Her wrist hurt a little bit and her father said bluntly that she wouldn't play doubles at Nottingham but always remember that every decision he makes is in your favour. Raducanu is also very curious and analytical and can hold strong opinions. The expectation is that she will develop greater independence from her father over the next few years, but that he will remain an influential figure in her career. It's not like she's going to make a decision without discussing it with him, but I know she's made decisions that he doesn't necessarily agree with," one person summarized. A Grand Slam title at 18 and twelfth in the world rankings at 19 opens many doors - but the associated expectations and profiling represent a difficult crossroads. The US Open winner seemed particularly busy to me in the first few months of this year to his experience and the testimony of others who say she did not always reply to messages and was less responsive to those who made every effort to make her feel welcome.Raducanu's prospects appear to have improved in recent weeks - no doubt helped by five victories on the clay as she made her professional debut on the surface. From this year's results alone, she's just outside the top 50 - making her the fourth most successful teenager in the world. Raducanu is likely to learn to put less emphasis on injuries as they ge They are older but not uncommon at this stage of her career - especially as the crucial pre-season training block was ruined in December after she tested positive for Covid. "Her tennis skills are far ahead of her physical development," said an insider. And the feeling within the sport is that Emma Raducanu could hold something if her body catches up.


PM tells Cabinet to draw a line under Partygate after narrowly surviving Bruise vote - live

Latest updates: Boris Johnson says ministers should focus on 'cutting government costs' after William Hague says his position is 'unsustainable'. (Author: Gardener)

PMBy continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Boris Johnson's no-confidence vote: Prime Minister tells Cabinet to 'draw a line' under Partygate after narrowly escaping bruise vote - live Latest updates: Boris Johnson says ministers should focus on 'cutting government costs' after William Hague said his position was "untenable". '. The pound has fallen amid uncertainty over Boris Johnson's leadership despite his victory in Monday's confidence vote and rising fears over the strength of the UK economy, reports PA Media. PA Says: Sterling was lower against the US dollar and euro as questions swirled around the Prime Minister's position after he initially held onto gains after the vote was announced late Monday. London's FTSE 100 index was also lower, falling six points to 7602.4 in morning trade. Fears are raging in the city over the path Boris Johnson faces after 148 of his own MPs voted against him, saying they had no confidence in his ability to lead the party. (Left-right): Leader of the House of Commons Mark Spencer, Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, Senior Secretary, Michael Gove, Home Secretary, Priti Patel, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, and Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab listens today Boris Johnson in the cabinet. Photo: Leon Neal/PA Irish Foreign Secretary expresses concern Tory leadership crisis could see Prime Minister hardening his position on the NI Protocol Irish Government is concerned that Boris Johnson may harden his position on the Northern Ireland Protocol, to strengthen his position within the Conservative Party, Simon Coveney, Ireland's foreign secretary, said this morning. He told RTÉ Radio: If these divisions within the Conservative Party affect Ireland because the Prime Minister or the UK Government decides, to maintain support within the party, they need to take a harder line on Brexit or on the Northern Ireland Protocol, well , then obviously divisions in the Conservative Party and in the British Government are affecting Ireland. The UK government has already said it will enact legislation allowing it to abandon parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol and the bill is expected to be published shortly. The Irish government wants the protocol to remain in place, subject to more modest changes agreed with Brussels. The protocol is part of the UK-UK Brexit deal and puts some controls on goods moving from the UK to Northern Ireland, eliminating the need for checks at the Ireland-Northern Ireland border. No 10 has announced that Sir Christopher Bellamy QC will be appointed Minister for Justice. Bellamy, who is also being given a peerage so he can sit in the Lords, will replace Lord Wolfson, who resigned as Justice Secretary in April in protest at the breach of the law in No 10 during Partygate and Boris Johnson's response to it. Speaking to the Royal College of Nursing's annual congress in Glasgow, former Labor Prime Minister Gordon Brown said it was "almost unbelievable" that nurses would have to use food banks. They deserved better pay, he said. Two years ago the NHS was rightly awarded the George Cross for its work during the pandemic, but the reward for individual nurses was wage deals well below inflation, leaving nurses much worse off. I say that all nurses should also be lining up to receive jubilee medals, but instead – and it's almost unbelievable that this is the case in the fifth richest country in the world – too many nurses are lining up at plaques today. Surely we haven't come all the way as a country to end up in 2022 with food banks, bedding banks, baby banks and clothes banks replacing the welfare state as our last line of defense against poverty and low wages? Tory chief whip in Holyrood says he doesn't know how long the 'damaged' Prime Minister can stay in office after four of six Scottish Tory MPs - including Scottish leader Douglas Ross - died in last night's confidence vote in Boris Johnson, the chief whip of the party voted in Holyrood, Stephen Kerr had no consolation for the Prime Minister when speaking to BBC Scotland this morning. Kerr told Good Morning Scotland that "[Johnson] is undeniably damaged," adding: "I don't know how long the Prime Minister can go on." His words - which are believed to capture the majority of opinions among the Scottish Tory MPs - contradict a plea for unity by Scottish Secretary Alister Jack, who said it was time to end debates over Johnson's leadership. But the vote has once again highlighted the inconsistency of Ross' position. He was one of the top Tories to call for Johnson's resignation when reports of Downing Street parties surfaced. He then withdrew his letter calling for a no-confidence vote and stating that the war in Ukraine required a stable government, and although he did not resubmit it, he proceeded to vote against Johnson when the vote finally triggered on Monday . Defending Ross, he said: Douglas was consistent in principle - he made it clear from the outset that he had serious doubts about the Prime Minister's behavior... It was only when circumstances changed with the Russian invasion of Ukraine that he said that we now have to put some things aside. The Scottish Tories are aware of the impact of the Prime Minister's unpopularity in Scotland following the local council elections, which saw their votes fall to their worst level in a decade, pushing them to third place behind Scottish Labour. Johnson tells the cabinet they can now put an end to Partygate and focus on issues like cutting government costs. PA Media has his words, and he tried to flesh out the line in the press release issued earlier this morning (see 9.41am) about how the government is now focusing on "what matters most to the people of this country" . Johnson claimed yesterday's vote was "very important" because it means the government can now "draw a line" on Partygate. He said: "It was a very important day because now we're able to draw a line under the issues that our opponents want to talk about and we're able to talk about the issues, about the issues , which I think people want. .. He claimed the government has a "massive agenda" for change. He said: We will continue with the massive agenda for which we were elected in 2019. He said he wanted ministers to focus on "cutting government costs". Arguing that the government is investing "massively" in public services, he said: "But just spending money is not enough. We as Conservative Ministers must ensure at every stage that we push reforms and values. So I'd like to ask you, in each of your departments, to make sure that you're thinking all the time about cutting the costs that go to government, cutting the costs that businesses have to bear, and of course cutting the costs that everyone else is facing, families in the whole country. But he also said ministers should also come up with ideas for civil service reform. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to ask everyone to find ways in which, as I said, we can cut costs, drive reform, and make sure we understand that in the end, it's the people who have the best sense of how they're doing spend their own money and not the government or the state. And that's our basic, conservative instinct, and I think that's how we'll be able to continue with our agenda and make this the most prosperous, most successful economy in Europe. But he also said organizations like the Passport Office and the DVLA need to become more efficient. "I think people in particular deserve to get their passport and driver's license just as much as they deserve to get their test, scan or screen in a timely and timely manner and that's what we need to focus on," he said. He claimed the government could make tax cuts in the future. He said: I think we will have the leeway through tax cuts to achieve significant job and economic growth. Johnson and other ministers are fond of discussing Tory tax cut proposals, but overall the tax burden has increased significantly under his tenure. Boris Johnson in Cabinet today. Photo: Reuters Raab urges rebels to respect outcome as former leader William Hague says PM should stop. Good morning We like to think that elections and votes can resolve political disputes and be an element of closure. But of course sometimes they don't, and last night's no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson's leadership is a classic example. Tory MPs hoped this would end the crisis one way or another. But that's not the case, and Johnson's dysfunctional government psychodrama is back for another season. Dominic Raab, the justice secretary and deputy prime minister, conducted the round of interviews this morning and urged Johnson's opponents in the party to respect the outcome and move on. He told Sky News: The Prime Minister won it by 59 per cent, which is actually more support than he had when he was elected leader of the Conservative Party. But we had that vote now, I think it was the prerogative of those who wanted it, the Prime Minister clearly won it, he won it by 63 votes... and now the most important thing, I think, is respect for that result and to move forward. But another former Foreign Secretary, William Hague, who is also a former Tory leader and someone who was in Parliament when Margaret Thatcher and John Major faced leadership challenges, has come to a different conclusion. In his Times column, Hague says Johnson's position is now untenable and he should resign. He says: While I have never faced a no-confidence vote in my four years as opposition leader, had more than a third of my MPs ever voted against me, I would have considered my position utterly untenable. John Major was quite ready to resign in 1995 had he not won the support of a very large majority of the party. If, with all the power of the party leadership, all the years of acquaintance with MPs, all the knowledge you have about your abilities and plans, you still can't defeat a vote of no confidence with a sovereign majority, then it's not just the writing on the wall, but it is set in stone and will not be washed away... That health depends on voters having confidence in the integrity of leaders even when they disagree with them, the way government is run, respect and make a competitive choice for a future choice. The votes just cast show that a very large part of the Conservative Party cannot see this from Johnson. Hague also argues that there are two types of rebellion against a party leader. Major and Theresa May both faced coup attempts by organized factions with an agenda. But the anti-Johnson campaign had been "more disparate, less organized but more spontaneous" prompted by the fact that many different groups in the party had lost confidence in him. A rebellion of this kind brought down Iain Duncan Smith in 2003, says Hague. It will prove untenable for Johnson to continue leading the party after such a revolt. Hague says Johnson should accept he cannot recover and resign. While Johnson survived the night, the damage done to his premiership is grave. Words have been said that cannot be retracted, reports published that cannot be erased and votes cast showing a greater degree of dissent than any Tory leader has ever endured and survived. Deep down, he should recognize that and focus on exiting in a way that spares the party and country such anguish and uncertainty. I will report further reactions to last night's vote throughout the day. 10am: Lord Frost, former Brexit Secretary, gives testimony before the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons. 12:30 p.m.: Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, holds a question and answer session at the Institute for Government think tank. After 12.30: MPs begin debating a Labor motion that says the government should fully implement the Committee on Standards of Public Life's proposals to improve the Ministerial Code. 4.45pm: Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, gives an update on NHS staffing before the Commons Health Committee. If you have a direct question, add "Andrew" somewhere and I'll be more likely to find it. With Hannibal Johnson secure in his job for now, the Tory party can continue to devour itself


Boris Johnson news live: 'It's over'

Politics Hub brings you the latest political news, insight and analysis from the Sky News team in Westminster. Boris Johnson has survived a vote of confidence - but the number of Tory MPs who have voted against the Prime Minister means he is still fighting for his political life. (Author: Gardener)

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson news live: 'It's over' - Cabinet are set to remove the Johnson Politics Hub, bringing you the latest political news, insights and analysis from the Sky News team in Westminster. Boris Johnson has survived a vote of confidence - but the number of Tory MPs who have voted against the Prime Minister means he is still fighting for his political life. Why you can trust Sky News 'This is the end': Prominent Tories suggest PM is only a matter of time after 41% of own MPs voted against him Tamara Cohen: retaliation or outreach? The challenge the Prime Minister now faces Beth Rigby: It's hard to see Johnson recovering from this. Sam Coates: Will some in the Cabinet take action against the Prime Minister now? MPs voted against Johnson as May, Major and Thatcher Welcome to the Politics Hub While many may prove substantive, a Russian state TV host's hypothesis of what sparked yesterday's vote of confidence must certainly be on the more outlandish end Vladimir Solovyov seemed - unsurprisingly, with no evidence - to suggest that Boris Johnson rigged yesterday's vote so that it would take place before British mercenaries were sentenced to death in Donetsk and "people start asking questions". There are a number of attack lines available to the Prime Minister's political opponents, but it seems unlikely that Keir Starmer will opt for these. 'Johnson isn't the only bad apple': Greens fire on rest of Tory party after confidence vote Although their intervention is unlikely to prove pivotal in deciding the PM's future, the Greens have backed other parties connected to comment on last night's vote The ruling party is "rotten to the core" according to a statement from co-chairman Adrian Ramsay. "It is extremely disappointing that Conservative MPs could not muster the courage to do what was right for the country and get rid of a prime minister who not only broke the law but lied about it," he said. "Not only has Partygate shown Boris Johnson to be unfit for the post - the pandemic and the botched evacuation of Afghanistan - his tenure as Prime Minister has been one of crisis after crisis that we have all had to bear the cost of." that Boris Johnson is not the only bad apple. The deep divisions in the Tory party revealed by the vote of confidence are likely to take us in an even more worrying political direction as the Prime Minister seeks to hold on to power by placating rebels, while oil and gas company pauses become a hole burn into the CO2 reduction targets and do nothing to combat inequality and the cost of living crisis. This Tory psychodrama is distracting us from the climate crisis while the UK still holds the presidency of COP26 and is set to be the world leader on climate action." Julian Lewis, the chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, has issued a critical statement from the Prime Minister castigates Boris Johnson's leadership, behavior and the behavior of those around him, but congratulates him on Brexit Lewis said: "The Prime Minister's record since 2019 has been a mix of successes and failures." Friends can flout rules that others must follow.Inadequacy at the top of government is impossible to defend, especially when it becomes a habit.Boris' Brexit campaign secures his place in history and that should be a justifiable comfort." Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he is "very happy" i.e hen Boris Johnson is still Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He adds: "I'm glad we haven't lost a very important ally, that's great news." Last night, after the outcome of the no-confidence vote was announced, one of Mr Zelenskyi's senior advisers tweeted: "Leadership is always a tough one Burden.” Boris Johnson was one of the first to recognize the threat posed by Russia and stood by Mr Zelensky to protect Russia. Rid the world of a barbarian invasion.” The world needs leaders like this. Minister who resigned in April over Downing Street parties is finally being replaced. The Government has just announced that Sir Christopher Bellamy QC has been appointed Life Peer and Junior Justice Minister. He is replacing Lord Wolfson, who resigned in April over the "scale, context and nature" of the breach of the Rules at Number 10. Philip Dunne, a former minister, has confirmed he voted against Boris Johnson last night - and says so despite the 'It's not over' result. Mr Dunne, who currently chairs the Environmental Audit Committee, said the party needs to see what happens in the future. Previously he was Minister without Cabinet under Theresa May and David Cameron. Speaking to BBC Radio Shropshire, the Ludlow MP said: "I felt it would be better to create the opportunity for integrity, for a new vision for the party and a new level of competence at the heart of government. ' That's not going to happen for now, but we'll have to see what happens in the coming weeks and months. "The Beginning of a Leader's Slow Death": What U.S. Newspapers Are Saying About Johnson's Confidence Vote If today the Prime Minister looked across the pond for encouragement in the hope that one of America's leading newspapers could offer a more optimistic view of his policy prospects, he will have been disappointed. Katy Balls, deputy editor of The Spectator, says in the New York Times that Boris Johnson has suffered a “remarkable decline,” writing: “Instead, it rather marks the beginning of the end, the beginning of a leader’s slow death. “The Prime Minister has of course defied the odds on a number of occasions. But as Mr Johnson tries to move away from a painful, authority-stealing vote, it's hard to resist the feeling that this cat is on its ninth and final life, with Center suggesting in the Washington Post that "the end is coming relatively quickly." could if cabinet members act”. — dubbed the Partygate scandal through obfuscation and misdirection, rather than simply admitting a mistake and asking for forgiveness." He ruthlessly stabbed staunch longtime supporters like respected historian and Rep. Jesse Norman, whose letter to Johnson explained why, after decades of support, he opposed Today's Wall Street Journal editorial, meanwhile, praises the "charisma and cunning" that helped the Prime Minister survive the vote - but says "he and his Tory party remain in grave political danger". it that while he may yet survive the current crisis, Mr Johnson's greatest danger is the result of his government's economic mismanagement." Mr Johnson's Tories have few ideas about what to do about it, and the ideas that they have tried are bad," it says. But in a conclusion that will make depressing reading for Tory supporters, the newspaper says: "One worrying sign is that the burgeoning field of rivals such as Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and former Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt remain largely ciphers on economic matters. Boris Johnson begins the day after surviving the vote of confidence, urging his party to unite after his 'decisive' victory and proceed to deliver on their priorities - as if his little local troubles with MPs are now behind him. But having initially defied the rebels - with much weakened authority - the immediate question is how he will bridge the bitter rift in his party that is now apparent.There are now suggestions in some newspapers from his allies that there is Retribution will be wrought by some of the MPs who have been particularly harsh on his leadership.The Prime Minister has been ruthless before, stripping the whip from dozens of Conservatives who would not support his Brexit policy in 2019. Downing Street sources this morning denied the prospect of being punished for infidelity – one told me: “If you t Well, you dig two graves and one is your own." Former longtime Prime Minister adviser Will Walden also warns that Number 10 sees the leadership challenge as a "schoolyard fight" for which critics must be "punished". A former minister of the party's One Nation wing tells me, "He's badly wounded and it's up to him whether he puts out his hand or goes into the bunker." But here is a wounded leader between a rock and a hard one Job. If he carries out a cabinet reshuffle of the "unity" he risks appearing indebted to the rebels and dropping parts of his agenda. Ministerial posts have been offered to some of those who decided to support the Prime Minister yesterday. But to make room for new ministers, room must be made, and anyone who is sacked risks becoming another enemy. If he staggers to the right he risks losing more support than he's gaining, if he doesn't the right could decide they need a new champion too." A prospect the Irish Foreign Secretary has already sounded the alarm about. Other MPs are suggesting the issue of tax cuts needs to be reopened - with the Prime Minister now vulnerable to calls from some in his party to use more "conservative" methods to help people with the cost of living. But fewer resources to tackle the NHS -Having backlogs or ramp-up projects will also lead to opposition and allegations of broken promises. In his letter to MPs yesterday, Mr Johnson mentioned two key policy measures as evidence that his government is delivering on the promises it made Social security cap - financed by controversial tax increases - and Rwanda's migration policy, which has been wildly popular with some of its MPs and terrifying for others. A large majority was once a weapon to enforce gh difficult policies, but the prime minister will now have to decide whether retaliation or reach is his best hope, to contain the rebellion, which will only deepen if the Conservatives lose two by-elections this month. Jeremy Hunt, whom Boris Johnson fired to take control of the Conservative Party in 2019, had no comment this morning when asked about his leadership plans. Yesterday, Mr Hunt publicly stated he wanted the Prime Minister to leave, prompting attacks from Johnson loyalist Nadine Dorries on social media. According to Oddschecker, the former foreign minister is the favorite to take over as the next party leader. The field for potential replacements is believed to be fairly broad, with Ben Wallace, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak among those believed to have support for the takeover. Mr Hunt was seen leaving his home on his bicycle this morning. Chris Curtis, head of political polls at Opinium Research, has given a rather dismal reading of the approval numbers for Boris Johnson as ministers come back. "Since he's still in the job, I think it's going to be a very tough 12 months for the Conservatives indeed." Given all the other pressures they have, given the cost of living crisis and the economy, and given that that they have a leader that the public doesn't particularly like, and apparently some Conservative MPs don't particularly like either - I think it's going to be a really tough time for the party. In a quick poll of 2,000 people conducted yesterday, 59% of voters said that Conservative MPs should have voted to oust Mr Johnson, while 28% said the Prime Minister should be backed. Meanwhile, 53% of Conservative voters said MPs should have backed Mr Johnson and 34% say his time should be up.


Why Boris Johnson is still not sure after surviving the vote of confidence

Boris Johnson may have survived a confidence vote last night, but he's not out of the woods just yet. The narrow victory didn't make it... (Author: Gardener)

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson may have survived a confidence vote last night, but he's not out of the woods just yet. The narrow victory has not answered questions about his future as dozens of Tory MPs are now in open revolt. The Prime Minister won the vote 211-148 (59%), meaning she was closer to her downfall than Theresa May was in 2018 as she failed to surpass the 63% support she secured. And although Ms May survived the vote, she was ousted from the top post within six months. History suggests Mr Johnson could be mortally damaged by the vote of confidence which spelled the beginning of the end not only for Mrs May but also for Conservative predecessors John Major and Margaret Thatcher - all of whom had proportionately better results than Mr yesterday Johnson. Tory rebels sparked a vote on whether Mr Johnson should carry on after months of the Downing Street scandal, with momentum building after the release of Sue Gray's report on lockdown parties. Under Tory party rules, a vote of no confidence can be held if at least 54 MPs (15%) table letters to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 committee, demanding a change in leadership - a threshold reached on Sunday night . Had Mr Johnson lost the vote he would have been forced to resign. His victory means he is technically safe at Number 10, but with an inquiry into whether he misled Parliament and the crucial Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton by-elections looming, the political danger is far from over. Once a Tory leader wins a no-confidence vote from his MPs, current rules state he cannot be re-challenged for at least a year. However, Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, said yesterday the rules could be changed if members so wish. If that happens and a second no-confidence vote is thrown, another secret vote by Tory MPs will take place. Again, 50% of MEPs must vote "no confidence" for the motion to pass. In this case, the Tory leader must resign and a full leadership contest ensues. Despite winning the vote, Mr Johnson still faces major challenges. By-elections will be held on June 23 to select new MPs in two Tory constituencies: Wakefield - where former Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan was found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager, and Tiverton and Honiton - where Conservative MP Neil Parish was forced to resign after watching porn in the House of Commons. If the Tories lose seats to opposition parties, as polls predict, the Prime Minister could come under renewed pressure to resign. Another hot spot is the Privileges Committee's inquiry into whether the Prime Minister lied to Parliament when he claimed no coronavirus rules were broken at Downing Street during the lockdown. Opposition MPs say the 126 Met Police fines imposed on him and dozens of his staff prove his assurances were dishonest, but the PM claims he was unaware crimes were being committed when he spoke in Parliament. The outcome of the privilege inquiry is not expected in the autumn and Tories are expected to brace for damaging leaks about the Prime Minister's personal integrity. A former cabinet minister suggested to the Mirror that there is a "pipeline of f***-ups ahead of us". If he survives the summer, another important moment for the Prime Minister will come at the Tory Party Conference, where he must prove to the Tory rebels that he can restore their confidence and set the direction of his government. Cabinet ministers have repeatedly argued that Britain's leading role in supporting Ukraine means it would be the wrong time for him to leave. However, it is well known that he has coveted the role of Prime Minister all his life and is unlikely to give up his ambition now, as sources have previously said he wants to outlast Margaret Thatcher and stay in power for another decade. A senior Tory rebel told the newspaper: "We'll have to rip his fingers off the Downing Street gates if we're ever to get rid of him." Boris Johnson is due to meet his Cabinet later today to draw support with his top team amid resignation talks. But it will be his current cabinet that Mr Johnson will need by his side today if he is to get the affair over with. Any resignation would further damage Mr Johnson's leadership as it shows his support from above is waning. Rebel MPs are expected to put pressure on the cabinet in the coming weeks, with a representative elected in 2019 telling the newspaper i: "It's a significant vote against the prime minister. And a former minister said: "The whole cabinet is complicit in its mistakes. Tory rebels have vowed to keep trying to oust Mr Johnson. The 148 MPs, or 40%, who voted against him are said to have been "implacably opposed" to his leadership and determined to bring him down "no matter what". One tactic used to force him to resign is for MPs to refuse to vote on government legislation until the prime minister resigns. However, prime ministers can convene an earlier one if they wish - although the motion would need the backing of two-thirds of MPs for this to happen. It had previously been suggested that the prime minister could call snap elections to bolster public support if he narrowly survives the vote of confidence - although ministers have publicly thrown cold water at the idea. Given that the Tories are currently trailing Labor in polls and Prime Ministers are expected to lose their own seat, it is very unlikely that he will do so any time soon.


Boris Johnson is now the sick man of Downing Street, infecting everyone around him

With the Prime Minister's face on the public's dartboard, many Tory MPs think it's game over (Author: Gardener)

Boris JohnsonIn the end it was a vote of confidence result that did not inspire confidence. The 148 of Boris Johnson's own MPs who wanted to oust him from No 10 made up 41 per cent of his parliamentary party. Even as he denounced the rebels, a senior PM ally did not sound particularly convincing. “We often heard the [young] shepherd wolf cry,” they said. “In the end, the wolf came on this occasion. Hopefully we've chased the wolf away.” “It's like a lion chasing a zebra,” they said. And he'll be down at the end." With a double by-election looming later this month that could confirm the Prime Minister's unpopularity, it's no wonder amid the relief in No 10 lurked a nervousness that danger could yet return . Johnson hits at least one milestone tomorrow, beating Gordon Brown's 2 years and 317 days in office. But he may not outlast Theresa May, who herself was forced into a vote of confidence (63 percent) than Johnson (59 percent) a few months after scoring better. To save his skin, Johnson's last-ditch plea to Conservative MPs had three key messages. First, Partygate was all a "media" obsession. The big problem is that even if Tory MPs buy every one of those lines, voters don't seem to. The poll on Partygate is bad for the Prime Minister. His testimony to the committee in 1922 that "there is one part of household income that is the greatest of all, and that is taxes" will leave millions wondering why their National Insurance was boosted this year. The alternatives are looking so bad that voters seem to want "everyone but Boris". Jeremy Hunt, finally breaking cover to call for the Prime Minister's ouster, at least makes his own ambitions clear. Nadine Dorries' scathing counter-attack on his alleged failure as Health Secretary to prepare the UK for the Covid pandemic was another gift to Labour, effectively writing their campaign posters for the Tory leader in the next election. Tory regicide aside, the public may be more concerned about Johnson's over-promising and under-delivery of "40 new hospitals". With 25,000 burnt-out nurses quitting last year, his promise of 50,000 “more” nurses also appears to be in jeopardy. More broadly, with stagflation and strikes in Britain risking making it 'the sick man of Europe' again, MEPs fear Johnson is the sick man of Downing Street. Despite the result, many believe they are witnessing both the slow death of his premiership and her party's hopes of preventing Keir Starmer from becoming prime minister. A double defeat at Wakefield and at Tiverton and Honiton would only confirm the patient's incurable condition. There were several MPs who told me today that now is "not the time" to oust Johnson, but they may well think the time has come after such post-election disasters. Those who defend him most, such as Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi (who claimed the PM won "handsome") might find their own reputations tainted by association now more than ever. Johnson himself went further in disbelief: "It's an extremely good, positive, conclusive, crucial result." That will be another whopper to some MPs and the public, to be narrated by the Prime Minister, as will all of his Partygate statements. If anything, it's an "extremely good" result indeed - but for Keir Starmer. With a prime minister who will never change his ways, or who cannot be trusted even if he promises to change, it's no surprise that backbenchers think it's time to change leadership instead. Johnson may be the scholar of the classics, but his party seems to know better than he the danger of Pyrrhic victory when a battle is won with losses so heavy that it amounts to defeat. Former Minister Jesse Norman's diagnosis of the disease was blunt: a 'grotesque' attempt by Johnson to claim he had been 'confirmed' by Sue Gray on Partygate; an “ugly” deportation policy in Rwanda; no long-term plan for the country; no “proper conservative” respect for the rule of law or integrity. Those Tory MPs like Norman - who withheld their letters of no confidence until after the Queen's platinum jubilee - must have felt mighty vindicated by Johnson's boos and taunts in recent days. And it seems public disdain for the Prime Minister's Partygate role runs deep. A poll of Wakefield voters gave Labor a 20-point lead and Johnson is such a toxic brand he's now dubbed the "Corbyn of the Conservatives". The public seems to have passed the point of no return with the prime minister. After laughing once at his banter and jokes, many of his 2019 voters have had enough. We went from The Thick Of It to The Sick Of It. It is worth remembering that World Championship Darts fans were the first hint of public discontent when Partygate first erupted last December. 'Get up if you hate Boris!' was an equally worrying sign of a 'breakthrough' for a Tory MP in the back seat, well before the boos erupted outside St Paul's Cathedral. Johnson's face is firmly on the public's dartboard. Tory MPs may not have hit the bull's eye tonight but the game is already over for many of them.


The 5 danger points Boris Johnson faces now, from resignations to by-elections

I take a look at the scenarios Boris Johnson faces after his vote of confidence - and how dangerous each could be for him (Author: Gardener)

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson narrowly survived a no-confidence vote last night but the result did not bolster support for his leadership by a long shot. The Prime Minister endured a painful election that saw 41 per cent of Tory MPs vote against him. Mr Johnson has insisted he has won a "decisive" victory despite 148 of his own MPs voting to oust him on Monday night, arguing the Government can now "move on" and focus on what is "the really matters to people." Some Tory MPs have already urged Mr Johnson to "go now with honor" after the result. Rumors are now circulating in Westminster that some MPs are ready to resign from government following the crushing vote. Any resignation would further weaken Mr Johnson's leadership as it shows his support from above is waning. Perhaps more likely than a series of resignations is that the many Tory MPs who voted against the Prime Minister will now press Cabinet to crack down on him in the coming weeks. This could oust him in much the same way the Tories disposed of Margaret Thatcher in 1990. An MP first elected in 2019 said to i: "It's a significant vote against the Prime Minister. And a former minister said: "The whole cabinet is complicit in its mistakes. He will tell his top team that the vote is now over and it is time for the government to focus on the important issues: Ukraine, the cost of living crisis and the recovery from the pandemic. Two crucial votes on June 23 could see the Conservatives lose two more seats. I spoke to voters in Tiverton and Honiton where the Lib Dems are making a big play for the constituency. This by-election "is an opportunity for people to express how they have been neglected, ignored and lied to since 2019," one said. There are suggestions that while some MPs felt Monday's vote was not the right time to remove the Prime Minister, they could change their minds by the end of this month. Heavy losses in the two by-elections could hasten Tory MPs' action as Mr Johnson's vote-winner appeal looks set to falter further. Under the party's rules, Mr Johnson is now safe from a formal challenge for another year. However, the rules can be changed. When Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in 2018, she was forced out five months later. At the time she was told by the 1922 chairman that if she did not schedule her departure, the rules could be changed to allow for another challenge. Sir Roger Gale, a veteran Tory MP and leading critic of the Prime Minister, said yesterday the committee's 1922 rules "are subject to change". And one MP recently told me that the one-year rule is a "false consolation" and Tory MPs could easily move on to amending it "in an afternoon". Earlier in the year, the committee's executive discussed the possibility of allowing semi-annual confidence votes, but the plan was rejected. Changing the rules is done via a secret ballot and is relatively easy. The Commons could also vote no-confidence in the government, but the Tories are unlikely to side with the opposition on this issue. A possible early election could take place in June 2023. Mr Johnson could call one to secure a new mandate from the public, but he has so far threw cold water on the idea. When asked about a snap election, the Prime Minister didn't rule it out, but said: "I'm certainly not interested in a snap election, I'm interested in delivering for the people of this country." Given the current terrible poll numbers for the Tory party, it seems unlikely that anyone in it would want a general election with Mr Johnson at the helm. The key question for the party then would be how to oust him ahead of a general election. Labor currently enjoys an eight-point lead over the Tories based on a seven-day moving average of all published national polls. Labor's share of the vote on 6 June was 40 per cent, ahead of the Tories at 32, the Lib Dems at 12 and the Greens at 6. This time last year the Tories were averaging 45 per cent, with Labor trailing at 33 per cent and the Liberal Democrats and Greens with seven percent each. In April, MPs voted to open an inquiry by the Commons Privileges Committee into claims that Mr Johnson misled MPs about Partygate. Mr Johnson has strongly denied knowingly misleading Parliament. Demonstrating intent to mislead will not be easy, but if found, it should be a resigned affair. If the committee concludes that he knowingly misled Parliament, he could be forced out of Parliament. If the panel found the Prime Minister guilty in this scenario, his report would go before the full House of Commons. It would only take 50 Tory rebels to suspend him from the House of Commons, a prospect that would make his position untenable.


Defiant Boris Johnson vows to 'deliver for Britain' after surviving confidence vote

BRUISED but determined, Boris Johnson vowed to "deliver for Britain" after enduring a crunch vote of confidence in his Tory leadership. (Author: Gardener)

Boris JohnsonHowever, Mr Johnson said he was "very pleased" with the result and pointed out that he had won a larger percentage of support among MPs than in the first Tory leader election in 2019. The ebullient Prime Minister told the Daily Express, the result is a “clean slate”. supply again for the country". said: "It was a very good result for politics and the country. It is a compelling result and a crucial result. "It means we can move on as government and focus on the things that people really care about." He added, "I'm grateful to my colleagues for the support they have given me and of course I understand that we now as government and to come together as a party. "That's exactly what we can do now. And that gives us an opportunity to do our job, which is to focus on the things that I think the public really wants us to talk about. “We can focus on what we are doing to help people at the cost of living what we are doing to make roads and communities safer by using more police and there is us the opportunity for us to continue to unite to strengthen our economy." Mr Johnson insisted he can lead the party to another general election victory , telling Tories: "The best is yet to come." Many were disappointed by the magnitude of the win, with 59 percent backing him and 41 percent signaling no confidence in his Conservative leadership. He was backed by a smaller proportion of MPs than Theresa May in a 2018 vote of confidence, months before she was finally pushed out. But Cabinet ministers insisted the vote was a victory that should end speculation about his future. Secretary of State Liz Truss tweeted: "Glad to see colleagues supporting the Prime Minister. Now is the time to get on with the work.” Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said it was “time to move on”. He said: "The Prime Minister has won handsomely. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, a leading supporter of the Prime Minister, said: "People need to realize that they have not received a vote of no confidence and what they should do now is to say that we will respect the party's democratic decision and we will respect the Prime Minister in doing so support to continue his work.” Mr Cleverly said it was a “clear victory” and suggested no other candidate would be able to secure the support of 60 per cent of MPs. He said Mr Johnson had achieved "a sweeping victory with the Conservative membership, a sweeping victory in the general election, a sweeping victory in the no-confidence vote" and must now get on with work. The vote was triggered after more than 54 Tory MPs contacted senior party official Graham Brady to call for a vote. Announcing the results in a Commons Committee room, Sir Graham Brady said: "I can report as Returning Officer that 359 ballots were cast, no spoiled ballots, that the votes for confidence in Boris Johnson as leader were 211 votes and the dissenting votes 148 votes. "And so I can announce that the parliamentary group has confidence in Boris Johnson." Mr Johnson and his allies spent the day getting Tory MPs to rally and support him in the vote. In a letter to every Tory MP, the Prime Minister acknowledged that some of the criticism he has faced in recent weeks has been "fair" and he pledged to "listen and learn". He said: "I know I've come under a lot of fire in recent months and I know the experience has been painful for the whole party. “Some of this criticism may have been justified, some less so. Where there were valid points, I listened and learned and made significant changes. "And I will, of course, continue to listen and learn from colleagues about the improvements you would like to see." Mr Johnson was enthusiastically cheered by supporters at the 1922 Tory MPs General Assembly. A senior party source described the Prime Minister as "pumped" at the gathering. A senior party source described the Prime Minister as "pumped" at the gathering. He told MPs he was "glad" the vote went ahead because it gave them a chance to end the Conservative Party's "media-driven focus on leadership" The Prime Minister said: "If you give me your support tonight, we have a chance to stop talking about ourselves and start talking only about what we do for the people of this country.” Instead, they will find other ways to undermine the Prime Minister and try to get him out of the to press office. Enough MPs have voted against him to nullify his majority vote in the House of Commons and potentially nullify his legislative plans for the rest of Parliament. Rebels will also press for urging cabinet ministers to sack Mr Johnson or tell him his position as prime minister is untenable. Demands for Cabinet to deliver the killing blow the confidence vote failed to deliver will mount in the coming months as the new Tory civil war breaks out.


Boris Johnson narrowly survives the no-confidence vote

The Prime Minister is now immune to another leadership challenge for 12 months, but over 140 of his own MPs who say they have no confidence in him will seriously undermine his leadership. (Author: Gardener)

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson narrowly came through a vote of confidence among Tory MPs - but suffered a rebellion bigger than Theresa May. Some 211 MPs voted in favor of Prime Minister, compared to 148 against - a majority of 63. He needed a simple majority - 180 votes or more – to remain in office. The result means that 59% of Conservative MPs supported Mr Johnson and 41% voted against. The Prime Minister is now immune from another leadership challenge for 12 months under current Conservative Party rules - but the result will seriously undermine his leadership. Former Prime Minister May won a confidence vote in December 2018, securing the support of 200 MPs to 117 - a majority of 83, representing 63% support for her parliamentary party. Mr Johnson said Monday night's "convincing" and "decisive" result meant the Government could "move on". He was "certainly not interested in early elections" to get a new mandate from the public. "It gives us an opportunity to unify, strengthen and improve our economy," added Mr. Johnson. "What we want to do is move on and seize this moment - which I think is pivotal and crucial - and move on with our programme." Asked how it compares to previous confidence votes in Conservative PMs, he added: “I have received a far larger mandate from my own fellow MPs than I did in 2019.” This is very difficult terrain for Boris Johnson, who will not be inclined to bow to the pressure. The big question now is whether the cabinet will take action against him, perhaps after the two by-elections later this month? It's not a cabinet known for its robust approach to Mr Johnson, but MPs could make a case for putting Mr Johnson out of his misery now that there is a strong prospect of an ongoing civil war in the party. It has been speculated that as many as five members of Cabinet may have voted against Mr Johnson. What is more certain, however, is that a sizeable minority of those on the government payroll - ministers and those in the lowest positions in government - voted against the man who runs the organization to which they belong. Mr Johnson will be determined to persevere - as is his right under Tory party rules. However, precedents suggest this result will not bode well and he could still be ousted like Mrs May or simply defeat the Tories in the next general election like Sir John Major. How long will Boris Johnson last? Conservative MPs back PM, but only just - now what? Which Conservative MPs called on Boris Johnson to resign? Rebel MPs say Johnson shouldn't take the party to the next election Sir Roger Gale, an outspoken critic of Mr Johnson who had voted "no confidence", told Sky News he thinks Mr Johnson shouldn't take the party to the next take away elections. Asked if he thought Mr Johnson should remain prime minister, he said: "No, I've made my opinion very clear about elephant traps along the way - two upcoming by-elections, the Privileges Committee report in the autumn - there are many hurdles ahead of us. “And I think an honorary prime minister would look at the numbers, accept the fact that he has lost the support of a significant part of his party and reconsider his position. Julian Sturdy, who voted against Mr Johnson, said the Prime Minister should do so The York Outer MP tweeted: "The scale of the votes against the Prime Minister tonight is clear evidence that he no longer enjoys the full confidence of the Parliamentary party and should reconsider his position. "As someone who supported Boris Johnson in electing leadership and looking to deliver on the 2019 GE manifesto promises, it is unfortunate that I had to vote against the Prime Minister, but I no longer have confidence in his ability to see us through the challenges." who we stand before as a nation." Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said Mr Johnson won the vote "handsomely", telling Sky News: "I think it's important to remember that we can only deliver if we are united. Pressed for how he can call the result 'pretty' , Mr Zahawi said: "It's a vote. Scott Benton, MP for Blackpool, who had voted for Mr Johnson, conceded that the result was for the Prime Minister was not good. Asked if he could acknowledge it wasn't a good result, he told Sky News: "No, I can acknowledge it. Of course I support Boris Johnson's opposition," Kulturmini Minister Nadine Dorries said it was "time to get back to government work". largest Conservative majority since 1987 and, at 14 million votes, the highest share of votes (43.6%) of any party since 1979. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss tweeted she was "pleased" that her colleagues backed Mr Johnson, while Housing Secretary Michael Gove said the prime minister have "secured the support of Conservative MPs". Starmer says 'divided' party 'supports' Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer's Labor leader, said a 'divided' Conservative party 'supports' Mr Johnson. "The choice is clearer than ever: divided Tories back Boris Johnson with no plan to address the issues you face," he tweeted. “Or a united Labor Party with a plan to solve the cost of living crisis and restore confidence in politics. Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has said Tory MPs are "now fully responsible" for Mr Johnson's behaviour." While Boris Johnson held firm today - make no mistake, his reputation is in shambles and his authority is now completely destroyed," he said. "It is clear that the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party are laughing at the British public." A wave of MPs urged Johnson to go It comes after a wave of MPs publicly called for Mr Johnson to step down following Sue Gray's scathing report to Partygate At least 54 MPs - 15% of Tory MPs - wrote to the chairman of the 1922 Tory Backbench Committee, Sir Graham Brady Sir Graham told the Prime Minister on Sunday that the threshold had been reached and they agreed together on the Timetable for Monday's vote. In a letter to MPs ahead of Monday night's vote, the Prime Minister said there was an opportunity to "draw a line" among the latest issues.