Rishi’s man, Dougie Smith tells Johnson, ‘Quit or we’ll get you out’
The continuing Tory civil war won’t go away if Sunak wins the race to become prime minister, it just means the attacks will just come the other way here’s a snippet of Blue on blue action.
Senior Tory ministers are pressing for an investigation into the role of a shadowy Tory party figure who was heavily involved in the plot to overthrow Boris Johnson.
It is claimed Dougie Smith, a close friend of the former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty, threatened Boris in an extraordinary telephone call which has just come to light.
According to Mail+, Dougie Smith, who is a close friend of former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, made the threat as part of efforts to destabilise the Government.
Despite the telephone call Smith, 60, is still on the Conservative Party payroll even though his name is not listed on the Tory HQ website. He also has a pass for 10 Downing Street.
In the last 24 hours, it’s emerged that Smith was a key figure behind the decision of four key No 10 officials to quit in February which seriously destabilised the Government. They went after Boris mocked Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for failing to prosecute the paedophile Jimmy Savile when he was director of public prosecutions.
Douglas “Dougie” Smith is a British political advisor who has worked as a senior Conservative Party aide for British prime ministers David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, although no one is sure of his precise role. He was formerly a political advisor to Sir James Mancham, former President of Seychelles, and Sir James Goldsmith.
Smith’s wife Munira Mirza, the head of the Downing Street policy unit, was the most senior member of the quartet who walked out. It was a body blow to Boris as Mirza had worked with him since he was first London mayor in 2008. Smith is Mirza’s husband.
Having encouraged other staff to join his wife in abandoning ship, Smith then telephoned Boris. It’s a sign of his influence that he has the PM’s personal telephone number.
Of course Boris johnson ios no stranger to threats over the phone, although last time he was in cohohts making them. Link as seen in the infamous Darius Guppy telephone call threatening violence against a journalist.
Andrew Pierce writes “By all accounts the telephone call was extraordinary. One senior source said: ‘The call was aggressive, threatening, bullying. Boris was totally shaken by the venom in the threat. Smith told Boris to resign and if he refused they would get him anyway. That was February. It took until July but they did get him in the end.’
Smith is a close friend of Dominic Cummings, who was Boris’s chief adviser, until he was sacked in November 2020 after losing a power struggle with Carrie, the Prime Minister’s wife. Smith and his wife have been friends for many years with Sunak whose resignation as Chancellor last week marked the end of Boris’s premiership.