Thursday morning UK press briefing: The Telegraph’s main headlines of the day
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1. Boris Johnson: I will not resign if the rebels force a vote of no confidence
Boris Johnson vowed on Wednesday night to fight a leadership challenge if Tory rebels were to force through a vote of no confidence.
The Prime Minister has insisted he will not step down 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 generations meant I had to tell Boris Johnson to go
David Davis was heading to the House of Commons on Wednesday morning when he finally decided enough was enough.
With one of the most famous quotes in parliamentary history ringing in his ears, he took his seat in the back, unsure if he would be called upon by the Speaker to ask Boris Johnson a question. Read the full story.
3. Five more Tory MPs are considering defecting to Labor
Up to five other Tory MPs are considering defecting to Labour, MPs say, after Christian Wakeford ditched Boris Johnson minutes before Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.
Mr Wakeford, first elected for the Tories in 2019 in the historic Labor stronghold of Bury South, said it had been ‘the hardest decision I have ever had to make’ to cross the Commons floor . Read the full story.
4. Vladimir Putin will “move” to Ukraine, predicts Joe Biden
Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday that Vladimir Putin would “set up shop” in Ukraine and suggested that a “minor incursion” could result in less response from the United States.
Mr Biden said he did not believe the Russian leader had decided how far to go yet, but he did not believe Mr Putin wanted an “all-out war”. Read the full story.
5. Leadership contenders: As Liz Truss flew to Australia, Rishi Sunak sat alongside Boris Johnson
Rishi Sunak sat alongside Boris Johnson as the tense Prime Minister’s Questions began on Wednesday, while fellow leadership hopeful Liz Truss began a trip overseas 9,500 miles away.
In a show of loyalty, Mr Sunak, the Chancellor, was seen nodding in support as Mr Johnson was forced to battle the defection of a ‘Red Wall’ MP minutes before the start of the PMQ. Read the full story.
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