Johnson claimed not to know the origins of the quote.
“I do not know what he’s talking about,” Johnson said.
Davis was a cabinet Brexit minister in Theresa May’s government. His resignation over the deal she put forward with the European Union was a catalyst for her downfall.
His words on Wednesday were similarly ominous for Johnson who has failed to quell the mutinous mood in his party over what they say are his indefensible responses to reports of multiple parties held in Downing Street while the country was locked down to slow the spread of COVID- 19.
Johnson originally claimed there had been no parties held and after evidence emerged that he and his wife Carrie attended one, he said he thought it was a work event.
His former adviser, Dominic Cummings, has said the Prime Minister was personally warned that the event was a party and against the rules.
But on Tuesday Johnson denied, this, prompting Davis’ call on Wednesday.
“Nobody told me and nobody said that this was something that was against the rules,” Johnson told Britain’s Sky News.
Tory MP defects
Wakeford’s defection was not thought to be part of the plotting to oust Johnson from Number 10.
He wore a Union Jack face mask and was seated directly in the range of cameras, behind Opposition Leader Keir Starmer who began the torrid questions session at “warmly welcoming” Wakeford to Labor ranks.
“The Labor Party has changed, and so has the Conservative Party,” Starmer told MPs.
Wakeford represents the seat of Bury South in England’s north. Bury South was Conservative-hero until Tony Blair’s sweeping victory in 1997 and has been held by Labor since, making it one of the so-called Red Wall seats that fell to the Tories in Johnson’s landslide election in 2019.
It is the tenth-most marginal seat in Britain and one Labor would need to win back if it is to bring an end to more than a decade of Tory rule.
But Johnson brushed aside the defection, telling the house, “We will win again in Bury South.”
Masks are off
One of the reasons so many MPs have turned against Johnson is his rush to reimpose COVID restrictions, including limited vaccine passports.
In a statement delivered after Prime Minister’s Questions, Johnson said he would scrap all restrictions in England, including the legal requirement to wear a face mask.
And he said that workers could return to the office immediately, lifting a work-from-home order.
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