His intervention came amid a wave of anger over Boris Johnson’s leadership and handling of ‘partygate’ among MPs and campaigners reacting to the party’s loss of nearly 500 council seats across the country.
Writing for The Telegraph, Damian Green, the leader of the influential One Nation Conservative MP caucus, warned that the party must ‘rediscover the virtues that appeal to natural Tories in strong Tory areas’, including burden reduction taxation of those struggling with the cost of living.
In a separate article, Sir John Redwood, a former Conservative cabinet member, said UK governments “are usually only thrown out of office when the economy goes into recession on their watch”, and urged Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, to reverse the National Insurance increase and suspend VAT on domestic fuel bills.
Meanwhile, James Frayne, the opinion pollster who recently conducted two focus groups for The Telegraph, warned: “Only Keir Starmer’s struggles with the provincial working class have spared the Tories from electoral armageddon.
Aaron Bell, a Tory backbencher from the 2019 general election, called for a “discussion” over Mr Johnson’s future.
Meanwhile, Kit Malthouse, the police minister, broke ranks to express his “sincere hope” that the Chancellor will introduce tax cuts “soon”
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However, Mr Gove insisted there were no circumstances under which he believed Mr Johnson should resign because of the unlawful gatherings held in Downing Street, saying: ‘The idea of impeachment of the Prime Minister about it, I think, is mad.”
Asked about the election results, Mr Gove said: “There is a particular challenge for us in London and I think that challenge in London is about … home ownership. There are other factors.
“But I think for young people in London it is up to the government in place to address some of the factors that have made it harder for them to own their own home. That’s a lesson I would take away at this point.
“The other is that Labor doesn’t seem to have made anything like the progress outside of London, as one would expect from an opposition if they were on course for victory.”