In an online address later this morning, the former prime minister will say that whether or not Mr Johnson survives the partygate row his biggest problem is not having a plan for the country’s future. Mr Blair will say changes resulting from Brexit, the technological revolution and the ambition to be carbon neutral in 25 years pose an unprecedented set of challenges which the Government is unprepared for.
The former Labour leader will say: “There is a gaping hole in the governing of Britain where new ideas should be.
“We are living through three revolutionary changes simultaneously and are ill-prepared for any of them.
“Each of them would require major changes to the way we work as a nation.
“All of them together pose a challenge which is unprecedented in recent history.”
Sir Tony will also take aim at the Government’s “levelling up” slogan.
He will say: “Other than a desire to give opportunity to those without it, which is obviously hard to disagree with, the slogan risks misdirecting the framing of the country’s problem.
“We face a national challenge – all the country, not simply the areas ‘left behind’.”
He will add: “I understand completely the rage against what happened in Downing Street during lockdown and how the country feels.
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Civil servant Sue Gray is next week due to deliver the result of her inquiry into events held at Downing Street during Covid restrictions.
The Prime Minister had been holding talks with backbench MPs to shore up support and prevent the 54 letters being sent to Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of Conservatives, that are required to trigger a vote of no confidence.
Mr Wakeford faced anger from former colleagues on the Tory benches for switching sides in what appears to have galvanised support for Mr Johnson.
No 10 said the Prime Minister will fight any no-confidence vote launched against him.