Boris Johnson’s new staffer drops major clue Prime Minister might be gone within 6months

Kevin Hollinrake reacts to calls for Boris Johnson to resign

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Mr Johnson’s government was rocked by a series of high profile resignations this week, and this bombshell may further solidify the damage. While Mr Johnson’s spokesman told reporters that three of the resignations – Jack Doyle, Dan Rosenfield and Martin Reynolds – had come as a result of “mutual decisions”, the departure of head of policy Munira Mirza and policy advisor Elena Narozanski had not been planned, and marked a further sign that the PM’s government may be losing faith in him.

Former advisor to Mr Johnson and committed Remainer Guto Harri was brought in to replace Jack Doyle as the director of communications.

However, as observed by ITV’s political editor Robert Peston, Mr Harri may not intend to stay at the PM’s side for long.

Mr Peston tweeted: “Boris Johnson’s new director of comms Guto Hari has been working at Hawthorn Advisers, the comms consultancy co-founded by Ben Elliot, Tory party co-chairman close to the PM.

“I gather Guto has a leave of absence from Hawthorn of six months, just in case No10 thing isn’t long term.”

The inside knowledge appears to imply that Mr Harri is not fully committed to his new role in No. 10, and that he suspects Mr Johnson may not last much longer than six months.

Andrew Neil also raised questions over just how planned Jack Doyle’s exit actually was in a column for the Daily Mail yesterday, writing: “Far from a coherent plan to revive Downing Street there was only chaos and confusion.

“Nobody had a clue who would replace the departers.”

Mr Harri has been known to be highly critical of the PM.

In 2018, after Mr Johnson compared Theresa May’s Brexit deal to a “suicide vest”, Mr Harri described him as “tribal” and “divisive” in an interview with the BBC.

He also referred to reports of Mr Johnson’s numerous affairs, saying: “Unfortunately he is now dragging us into a place where we think that we can joke about suicide vests and that we can be sexually incontinent.

“Somebody needs to take the spade out of his hand or it looks to me like he’s digging his political grave.”

He added: “He was a huge unifying figure by the end of my time with him when the Olympics happened in London.

“He would not have been re-elected in a left-leaning city like London if he hadn’t appealed to the left.”

“Now he’s gone the other way. He’s become more tribal, and tribal within the tribe, so that he would now be — if he were to become leader — a hugely divisive figure.”

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The resignation of Jack Doyle came as he was embroiled in the allegations of lockdown-breaching parties in Downing Street.

A No 10 spokesman said: “Jack Doyle has left government. He has made a huge contribution and the Prime Minister is immensely grateful for the work he has done.”

In his resignation speech to staff at No. 10, Mr Doyle said: “Recent weeks have taken a terrible toll on my family life” – although, according to a former employer the Daily Mail, he always intended to resign after two years in the role.

The former journalist reportedly attended at least two of the 12 events in Downing Street and the wider Government that are under investigation by police.

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