Boris Johnson has addressed the MPs behind closed doors this afternoon ahead of the no-confidence vote. According to our source in Westminster, PM Boris Johnson was rolling out “the old tired cliches that he has been rolling out for decades,” while talking to MPs. The Prime Minister “looked tired and worn. Like an old threadbare sock which instead of going in the washing pile was being put ready for the bin.”

The applause from the party members was “bigger than ever,” which, according to those present in the room, is “always a bad sign.” As the applause broke out through the room, it made the start of Boris Johnson’s speech difficult to hear. 

“Leadership, that’s what Boris wanted to talk about,” MP, who was inside the room, told The Pavlovic Today. “Except he claimed he was not leading when the rules were broken.”

Boris Johnson promised victory if the MPs “stick with him” and “we can put all this behind us” this evening at the vote.

“I am not sure that the public or the privilege committee who won’t report on the PM untill October will agree,” the source said. “Indeed Number 10 has been trying to put Partygate behind them for over 6 months already , but to no avail.”

The Prime Minister Johnson only took five questions from his colleagues, and three of them were “patsies,” but two were “hostile” from colleagues who said “they could not support him.” Other than that, “It was all very polite,” according to those present in the room. 

“I imagine like the headmaster of a prep school telling the parents that little Johnny was a fine boy but was being expelled,” one of MPs told The Pavlovic Today.

The room was packed and “certainly in breach” of Health and Safety guidelines, not only on capacity but also the resultant temperature. 

Boris Johnson’s final plea to the Parliamentary Party “fell flat” and people were already opening the large doors to escape from the “oppressive atmosphere” and the cloying whiff of decay. 

“Most learned nothing, except that’s 20 minutes of my life I am not getting back,” said one of the MPs who spoke to The Pavlovic Today on condition of anonymity. 

If less than 100 vote against him, Boris Johnson may survive, but if over 131, it will be “just degrees of badness for the Prime Minister.” 

The Party will decide this evening, and “as we know, the Conservative parliamentary party is the most duplicitous of electorates.”

Whatever the ballot result, “it will be worse for the Prime Minister than he expects. It’s probably not the end.It’s the beginning of the end,” the source concluded. 

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Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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