Boris Johnson is urged to axe Amanda Milling over by-election campaign

Boris Johnson is urged to axe Tory chairman Amanda Milling over ‘disastrous’ by-election campaign tactics

  • Tory MPs fuming over how the party threw away a lead in the Batley by-election
  • MPs have urged the PM to sack Amanda Milling and replace her with a ‘bruiser’
  • Election loss comes just two weeks after losing a ‘true blue’ seat to the Lib Dems 

Boris Johnson is being urged to ditch party chairman Amanda Milling over ‘disastrous’ by-election campaign tactics.

Tory MPs are fuming over how the Conservatives apparently threw away a lead to Labour in the Batley & Spen contest last week. 

That came just two weeks after being humiliated by the Liberal Democrats in the ‘true-blue’ Home Counties seat of Chesham and Amersham. 

The MPs have suggested that Ms Milling is replaced by a ‘bruiser’ figure such as Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan or Kit Malthouse, the Crime and Policing Minister. 

Boris Johnson is being urged to ditch party chairman Amanda Milling over ‘disastrous’ campaign tactics which saw the Conservatives lose the Batley & Spen by-election

One senior backbencher said: ‘We can’t have a situation, as we did in Batley, where we send the PM to a by-election campaign less than a week before polling day and then lose the bloody contest. It is simply not on.’

However, other Tories have sprung to Ms Milling’s defence, saying Mr Johnson’s failure to sack Health Secretary Matt Hancock immediately was partly why Labour defied the odds to hold on to Batley.

Ms Milling has herself said the issue of Mr Hancock had come up on the doorsteps last weekend.

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