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Downing Street 'blackmail' allegations dismissed by Gravesham Conservative MP Adam Holloway

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A Kent MP has branded claims Downing Street has blackmailed rebelling Tories "bull****".

Adam Holloway, Conservative MP for Gravesham, dismissed the allegations during a visit to a Covid vaccination project in Gravesend.

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway. Picture: Simon Hildrew
Gravesham MP Adam Holloway. Picture: Simon Hildrew

It has been alleged that Tory MPs keen to see the Prime Minister ousted from his position amid anger over allegations of rule-breaking parties held at Number 10 have been "blackmailed" by Party whips.

The incendiary claims were first made by senior Tory MP William Wragg, who says he plans to meet with a Met Police detective to discuss the concerning reports.

Meanwhile, Bury South MP Christian Wakeford - a former Tory who defected to Labour last week - has claimed he was told a new school in his constituency would not be funded if he did not back the Government's plan to axe free school meals in 2020.

But speaking to the Daily Mail while visiting Gravesend's 'Jabs with Kebabs' project at V's Punjabi Grill yesterday, Mr Holloway dismissed the claims.

He said: "I can only speak for myself and I've never known anything like that."

Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat. Picture: Parliament TV
Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat. Picture: Parliament TV

He went on: "I've never known any link with my behaviour in Parliament and resources coming into my constituency, so I suspect it's complete bull****.

"That's what happens in American politics. I've got no sense of that here, ever in 16 years. It just doesn't seem to work that way."

Responding to the criticism Boris Johnson is facing following his admission he attended a lockdown-busting party at Downing Street in May 2020, Mr Holloway added: "I don't believe in trial by television.

"Let's hear what the civil servant Sue Gray has to say. I think she's reporting on Wednesday."

Further reports of "bullying" behaviour in the House of Commons have included allegations chief Tory whip Mark Spencer has given crude nicknames to rebel MPs.

On Twitter, a Sunday Times reporter revealed Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat has allegedly been given the nickname "Tom Tugentw**".

The Kent MP took to the social media site to criticise the puerile insult, writing: "Just like school, but without the imagination."

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