The senior Conservative MP William Wragg has accused government ministers of intimidating and attempting to blackmail colleagues who they suspect oppose the Prime Minister, adding that the incidents should be reported to the police.
While Christian Wakeford’s defection appears to have united Conservative MPs to help Boris Johnson survive another week, the PM is not in the clear yet.
Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the extraordinary allegations and the cost of saving your own skin.
Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks if a change in Conservative leadership would be a disaster for Labour.
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