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1. Boris Johnson: I won’t quit if rebels force a no confidence vote
Boris Johnson on Wednesday night vowed to fight a leadership challenge if Tory rebels were to force a vote of no confidence.
The Prime Minister insisted he would not resign despite David Davis, the former Cabinet minister, telling him in the Commons: “In the name of God, go!” Read the full story.
2. Exclusive David Davis interview: Tory anger across the generations meant I had to tell Boris Johnson to go
David Davis was walking to the House of Commons on Wednesday morning when he finally decided that enough was enough.
With one of the most famous quotes in parliamentary history ringing in his ears, he took his seat on the back benches, unsure whether he would be called upon by the Speaker to ask Boris Johnson a question. Read the full story.
3. Five more Conservative MPs considering defecting to Labour
Up to five more Conservative MPs are considering defecting to Labour, MPs believe, after Christian Wakeford abandoned Boris Johnson minutes before Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.
Mr Wakeford, elected for the Tories for the first time in 2019 in the historic Labour stronghold of Bury South, said it had been “the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make” to cross the floor of the Commons. Read the full story.
4. Vladimir Putin will ‘move in’ to Ukraine, predicts Joe Biden
Joe Biden on Wednesday predicted that Vladimir Putin will “move in” to Ukraine and suggested a “minor incursion” could lead to a lesser response from the United States.
Mr Biden said he did not think the Russian leader had yet decided how far to go but that he does not believe Mr Putin wanted “a full blown war”. Read the full story.
5. Leadership contenders: As Liz Truss flew to Australia, Rishi Sunak sat by Boris Johnson’s side
Rishi Sunak sat at Boris Johnson’s side as a tense Prime Minister’s Questions began on Wednesday, while fellow leadership hopeful Liz Truss began an overseas trip 9,500 miles away.
In a show of loyalty, Mr Sunak, the Chancellor, was seen nodding supportively as Mr Johnson was forced to grapple with the defection of a “Red Wall” MP minutes before PMQs began. Read the full story.