A senior Conservative has said Boris Johnson’s bizarre speech to business leaders “wasn’t a great moment”.
Speaking the morning after the poor address, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said there are “things we can do better”.
It comes as senior Tories asked questions about Mr Johnson’s leadership amid several blunders.
The prime minister mispronounced his lines in a speech to the CBI, in an otherwise unusual address to a reference to the children’s cartoon character Peppa Pig.
Mr Hunt, a senior MP, is a potential backbench contender to replace Mr Johnson in the event of a challenge, although he said Westminster was always full of “noise” and “complaints” about the government.
It comes weeks after the government, kicked off by the Owen Patterson sled scandal, criticism of the cancellation of northern infrastructure projects and a rebellion over social care.
“It was not a great moment and it has not been a great month for the government,” Mr Hunt told Times Radio.
“I’m sure there are things we can do better. But I was in cabinet for nine years from 2010 and clearly there was never a time when there was no noise in Westminster, there were no backbench MPs with complaints about the government which About the way it’s working.”
He continued: “Even though the last month hasn’t been good for the government, I don’t think the noise we’re getting now compares to something like this…
Despite Mr Hunt’s downplay of the stampede, there are other signs of discontent in the Tory party. Ministers were forced on Monday night to abstain from Tory’s 19 rebel lawmakers and 70 in a bid to get their social care plan through the Commons.
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