British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to “warm the cockles of Tory hearts” as part of a three-point agreement with backbench MPs to ensure his continued leadership.
The agreement calls for him to fire his Downing Street staff, abandon “lefty policies,” and refocus on traditional Conservative policies such as tax cuts and government streamlining.
The Prime Minister has stated unequivocally that he intends to finish the unfinished business of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair in modernizing and streamlining the government.
It is also believed that he is planning a major speech in the next two weeks to lay out his new post-pandemic vision.
The Prime Minister and Tory backbenchers agreed on three points, including a clearout of Downing Street staff and listening “to the right people” who will be brought in as replacements.
This began last week with the resignations of five key members of staff, including director of communications Jack Doyle, chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, and principal private secretary Martin Reynolds, all of whom “jumped before they were pushed,” according to one insider.
Boris is said to have told allies that “there are more to come,” amid speculation about advisers Henry Newman and Josh Grimstone, both of whom are close friends of his wife Carrie.
As part of a move to streamline government and “make the centre clearer,” the new Chief of Staff will be Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay, who also runs the Cabinet Office.
Second, he has reassured them that he is “at heart a sound Conservative” who is “in tune with the values of the wider electorate” and has been “diverted off course by the wrong kind of advisers.”
Finally, he has agreed to replace “lefty” policies, such as prioritizing a green agenda and “nanny state” regulations, with those that will promote a “stronger union of the United Kingdom, economic recovery post-pandemic, and making people richer.”
According to an insider, these are the policies on which “the Prime Minister intends to campaign in the next election.”
Among those advising the Prime Minister is Australian election strategist Sir Lynton Crosby, who is said to be spearheading a revamp of Downing Street and Government policy.
According to a source close to Boris, he is “in a bullish mood” and “doesn’t feel like he is about to be toppled. He does want to be more Conservative and bring in radical reform of the Government.
“He knows that Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair both wanted to complete this slimming down of Government and create a clearer centre of operations but ran out of time.”
The source added, “The Prime Minister is also clear that he is serious about the Levelling Up agenda. He knows some people mock it but he thinks it is important to spread wealth and opportunity and deliver for the voters in the former Labour Red Wall seats.
“In the end, though it is going to be policies, as he puts it, ‘to warm the cockles of Tory hearts’ with low tax and supporting enterprise.”