Labour urges investigation after Tory MP accuses No 10 of blackmail

Labour have said that a Tory MP’s claims of No 10’s “blackmail” of Conservative MPs must be “thoroughly” investigated.

William Wragg, who chairs the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (PACAC),who last week urged the prime minister to resign, has alleged that several MPs expressing opposition to Boris Johnson have received “pressures and intimidation” following the ongoing Downing Street parties scandal.

Wragg claims that No 10 staff, special advisers and Government ministers have reportedly encouraged sought to encourage “embarrassing” press coverage of MPs no longer backing Mr Johnson.

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner wrote via Twitter: “These are shocking accusations of bullying, blackmail bad behaviour from people in positions of power. We need this to be investigated thoroughly.”

“These are grave and shocking accusations of bullying, blackmail and misuse of public money and must be investigated,” she explained to ITV News.

“That areas of our country will be starved of funding because MPs don’t fall into line to prop up this failing Prime Minister is disgusting,” she went on.