The scene at Mayfair was a club of elite private members with a well-established reputation for anti-Boris conspiracy. In an upstairs room on 5 Hertford Street were then-Tory party president Oliver Dowden and his friend, former prime minister David Cameron.
One week after the Conservatives suffered a heavy defeat in the local elections, and a fortnight before the prime minister – narrowly – defeated a vote of confidence against him.
The male friends said the meeting was innocent.
Following the party’s defeat in the local elections, former Tory Prime Minister David Cameron met with then-party chairman Oliver Dowden. Mr Doden resigned early Thursday morning after further defeats in the Wakefield and Tiverton by-elections.
‘DC met Oliver Dowden last month. He sees Oliver regularly from time to time, as many of his former colleagues and friends do, but he had no prior knowledge of Oliver Dowden’s resignation or involvement, ‘says a source close to Mr Cameron. But word soon reached Mr Johnson’s aides.
So when Mr Dowden resigned early Thursday morning, following the defeat of the by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton, it was seen as a “Cameroon conspiracy”. Mr Dowden served as Mr Cameron’s adviser and deputy chief of staff.
Seeing Mr Dowden at the £ 2,850-a-year club with Mr Cameron has raised concerns within the No. 10 that Cameron faction, including former Chancellor George Osborne, and his successor allies in Downing Street, Theresa May. To ‘destabilize’ the Prime Minister.
Mayfair is a club where ministers and young people from the royal family join hands with Hollywood actors. Prince Harry and Meghan’s first date was there and the club was also used by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to organize ‘Biz for Liz’ events with potential financial backers for her expected leadership bid.
A senior government source said of Dowden: “He is on Cameroon’s side, and he will take revenge soon.”
And a cabinet minister questioned the former culture secretary’s loyalty, saying: ‘He never wanted to be party president, he was not good at being party president, he was angry at being fired from DCMS for Nadine. [Dorries]. He supported Boris after much soul-searching and always kept important reservations about him. ‘ Another minister said, ‘I’m sure [the Cameroons] All are sitting around the dinner table in Chipping Norton pontificating. ‘
Sources close to Mr Cameron claim that he did not try to “destabilize” former Prime Minister Johnson.
Boris Johnson has been described as a “blind side” to Oliver Dowden’s resignation as Tory party president.
Shortly after his defeat in the local elections, Oliver Dowden met David Cameron at an Elite Mayfair private member’s club at 5 Hartford Street.
Mr Doden’s resignation was said to have been “blindly biased” by the prime minister, but this was not true of many of the former president’s friends. He knew he was determined to leave the government and “control the rhetoric” instead of being the number 10 ‘scapegoat’ for anti-Tory swings in the seat.
The countdown to Mr Dowden’s departure began in earnest a week after a meeting with Mr Cameron on the opening day of the Chelsea Flower Show: there, Tory donors and Boris loyalists discussed the outline of the summer reshuffle, with the president being the top hit. List. Mr Doden was appointed co-chair in September as secretary of culture for a year and a half, due to his time at work due to defeats in by-elections and local elections.
Friends say that after Mr. Dowden read about his dismissal in the Mail next Sunday, he began to hatch secret plans to quit – launching an air of ‘business in general’.
One of the candidates for Mr Johnson’s success told The Mail on Sunday that Mr Dowden’s move had raised the bar of impending leadership.
The opponent said, ‘We are talking about weeks or days, not months. ‘Going olives has changed that.’ Mr Dowden is known to his Westminster friends as ‘Olive’.
Mr Johnson is technically safe from another leadership challenge for another year after winning a vote of confidence earlier this month, but the scale of the deficit has accelerated the conspiracy by ministers, backbenchers and donors alike.
A cabinet minister has told colleagues that the ‘tipping point’ for Mr Johnson would come if the Commons Privileges Committee concludes the prime minister has misled lawmakers when he told the Commons that no cowardly rules were violated in the 10th. ‘That will happen. A different order – no prime minister can live in it, “said a cabinet minister and a possible successor.
The committee is expected to submit its report by autumn.
Education Secretary Nadim Jahvi and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat have been joined by MPs and Tory donors.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Health Secretary Sajid Javid and his predecessor Jeremy Hunt are also expected to run.
Meanwhile, former loyal donors criticized Mr Johnson after a double by-election defeat. One person told The Mail on Sunday that Teflon was no longer the prime minister after Tiverton and Honinton. Another said: ‘I’m afraid his end is near.’
Manipulation and dismissal of ministers and government allies who do not promise public loyalty and appear to be ‘faithful’ is also being discussed. Trade Minister George Freeman and Prison Minister Victoria Atkins, who have publicly criticized Partygate, have been singled out as possible. Both cabinet ministers and Tory backbench lawmakers have pointed fingers at Mr Johnson’s backing challenges to the ‘Cameroon conspiracy’.
There are no 10 fears that former Chancellor Osborne is advising Mr Hunt on his leadership bid.
Lawmakers, meanwhile, said Treasury Secretary Jesse Norman’s provocative letter attacking the government on the day of the vote of confidence echoed recent arguments by Mr Cameron’s friends, including criticism of the government’s Rwandan policy.
One cabinet minister described Mr Norman’s intervention as “all Cameroonians”, while another dismissed it as “stupid, old Itonian-type letters”.
Other lawmakers have described Mr Norman as part of an “Old Itonian” set up around Mr Cameron, including Rory Stewart.
Former Tory minister Stewart, who lost to Mr Johnson in the 2019 leadership contest, became a vocal critic on Twitter and Airwaves. One lawmaker told The Mail on Sunday: “That Cameroon faction is trying to show that we are moving in a fascist direction – which is utter nonsense.”
A senior government source mocked Mr Hunt’s suggestion last night that he should be prime minister.
‘Boris can resonate with people both negatively and positively, but Hunt doesn’t resonate with anyone. He is useless. ‘
Robin Birley, the founder of 5 Hertford Street, who donated £ 20,000 to Mr Johnson in 2019, said last year that he would ‘certainly’ not give the Tories extra money.
Boris Johnson plans to increase support by hosting a series of barbecue and drink events at Checkers this summer.
By Anna Mikhailova for Sunday Mail
Boris Johnson is planning a series of ‘barbecues and drinks’ at Checkers for party loyalists to garner support this summer.
Many barbecues are lined up at the Prime Minister’s Grace and Grace residence as a reward for loyal supporters.
According to internal sources, the invitation list has been prepared to include the public speaking MPs who will vote for the Prime Minister in a vote of confidence.
Mr Johnson’s ‘Summer Sausage Offensive’ is planned for the second half of July as many events, insiders said.
It came after a few weeks of injuries for the prime minister, including the publication of a report by Suu Kyi, whose 148 lawmakers had no confidence in her leadership, breaking the lockdown on Downing Street and losing the by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton. And Honiton.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Levy Roots hosting a BBQ in the garden of No10 Downing Street to celebrate National Thanksgiving with NHS staff
The prime minister has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.
He said the poor by-election result had “buffeted” every government and tried to focus the story on his government’s agenda.
However, one lawmaker scoffed at barbecue plans last night, saying Mr Johnson should focus on hiding “staggering” lawmakers rather than tweeting his allegiance.
Meanwhile, a rebel lawmaker said Mr Johnson’s efforts to hide lawmakers were too late for the prime minister, who spent too little time in the ‘tea room’ – with only members of parliament referring to the area.
A Downing Street source said: “This is an example of the Prime Minister spending time with his colleagues to get their views heard.”
Mr Johnson is known for his high loyalty and strong support.
Checkers Country Home in Buckinghamshire, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
A planned summer reshuffle is expected to demote or dismiss those who do not pledge public allegiance before a vote of confidence, as well as those widely seen as ‘disloyal’.
George Freeman, the trade minister, Victoria Atkins, the prison minister, and John Glenn, the treasury minister, have been widely criticized for their partisanship.
Meanwhile, it appears Mr Johnson had planned a £ 150,000 treehouse at Checkers Ground for his two-year-old son Wilf but abandoned the idea after police raised security concerns.
The prime minister and his wife, Carrie Johnson, wanted to build a structure with bulletproof glass by 2020. According to The Times, there was talk of paying Lord Brownlow, a Tory donor, for the project.
Asked if taxpayers’ money was spent on plans to build the Checkers Treehouse, the prime minister said: “I’m going to comment on things that can’t be done with my family or things that don’t exist.”