Six Conservative donors ask Boris Johnson to help block coronaviruses

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Boris Johnson is facing increasing calls to help lock the flanks of his own party, including donors, ministers and rebel MPs.

The Prime Minister will return to work on Downing Street on Monday to find the turmoil brewing in the Conservative ranks for the restrictions to be relaxed.

The wealthy donors who poured millions into the war coffers of the Conservative campaign demanded that the government act to revive the crumbling economy.

The six businessmen, including billionaires Peter Hargreaves and Michael Spencer, warned that the foreclosure could cause long-term damage.

Phones4u founder John Caudwell, who donated £ 500,000 to the Tories, told the Sunday Times that he favored a “cautious reopening of the economy”.

Steve Morgan, the former boss of homebuilder Redrow, told the newspaper, “We are actually in danger that the drug – if you want to call it locking – is more harmful than the remedy.

“I strongly support the return of the country to work. It’s not about profit; it is about saving the country from bankruptcy, mass unemployment, business bankruptcy, people losing their livelihoods and their homes.

Millionaire banker Sir Henry Angest and restaurateur Richard Caring also lined up to stress the need for more relaxed restrictions.

Boris Johnson is facing increasing calls to help lock down several sides of the Conservative Party, including donors, ministers and rebel MPs

Boris Johnson is facing increasing calls to help lock down several sides of the Conservative Party, including donors, ministers and rebel MPs

Phones4u founder John Caudwell, who donated £ 500,000 to the Conservatives, said he was in favor of a

Phones4u founder John Caudwell, who donated £ 500,000 to the Conservatives, said he was in favor of a “cautious reopening of the economy”.

During Mr. Johnson’s recovery, the cabinet successfully displayed a united front and rallied to the government’s central message to keep the public at home.

Ministers have systematically ignored calls to publish an exit strategy, despite signs that the British are increasingly agitated and flouting the rules of social distancing.

But last night, three of the Prime Minister’s best team left the ranks to anonymously undermine the strategy.

One of the three cabinet ministers told the Sunday Times, “I do not know anyone in the cabinet who does not want the lockout lifted as soon as possible.

“If the public starts to give it up, then nobody wants to see it enforced rather than by consent. “

Private disagreements have seeped out of the cabinet, which is said to be divided between “hawks” wanting to facilitate locking and “doves” who want to keep the current restrictions.

Hawk members include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who has had to dig deep into the treasury to finance billions of bailouts and is faced with gloomy forecasts.

Last night, three members of the Prime Minister’s cabinet left the ranks to anonymously undermine the strategy. Pictured: Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting after last year's general election

Last night, three members of the Prime Minister’s cabinet left the ranks to anonymously undermine the strategy. Pictured: Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting after last year’s general election

The doves are said to include Secretary of Health Matt Hancock, who is one of the high-profile figures leading the response to the crisis.

Johnson, who will take over the reins of Dominic Raab on Monday, has reportedly become more reluctant to facilitate the lockdown since his own battle against the virus in intensive care.

However, he faces a revolt on his own benches, with several big beasts of the Conservative party publicly expressing their concerns.

Former Brexit secretary David Davis wrote this weekend: “If we don’t put a plan in place quickly, it will have a devastating impact on business, jobs and life.

“This should prompt the government to quickly take the UK route out of isolation. “

Former business secretary Andrew Leadsom also urged the government to give businesses the confidence to reopen.

The clamor to publish a closure plan is also relayed by an invigorated Labor party with Sir Keir Starmer at the helm.

Ministers systematically ignored calls to release exit strategy, despite signs that Britons are increasingly restless and flout social distancing rules (London revelers in photo)

Ministers systematically ignored calls to release exit strategy, despite signs that Britons are increasingly restless and flout social distancing rules (London revelers in photo)

Former business secretary Andrew Leadsom also urged government to give businesses the confidence to reopen

Former business secretary Andrew Leadsom also urged government to give businesses the confidence to reopen

Sir Keir has repeatedly asked the government to define a roadmap.

Yet prominent scientists have poured cold water on the hope that the lock-up could be relaxed, warning that the rate of new infections is still too high.

Adopting a containment strategy based on rigorous testing and contact tracing is widely seen as the way to ease restrictions.

But the UK’s tracking and tracing infrastructure would be paralyzed under the load of daily cases at their current levels, experts said.

They lined up behind Professor John Edmunds, who sits on the government’s scientific advisory group, Sage, so as not to take the plunge by lifting social distance.

The warnings came when Britain crossed the grim threshold of 20,000 deaths in the coronavirus epidemic.

An additional 813 recorded deaths brought the total number of victims to 20,319, while cases also increased by 4,913 to 148,377.

Last night Downing Street declined to comment.

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