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Guto Harri was last to urge Boris Johnson to stay on as Prime Minister despite resignations

08 Jul 2022 4 minute read
Boris Johnson and Guto Harri

Welshman Guto Harri was one of only two people in No 10 urging Boris Johnson to stay on as Prime Minister as almost 60 of his ministers resigned on Wednesday, according to the Times newspaper.

According to the newspaper’s report of the final hours before Boris Johnson resigned himself to his fate, Guto Harri, the Director of Communications, and David Canzini, his senior adviser, were the only ones still urging him to stay on.

Almost everyone else was telling him that it was time to go, the Times reported.

The Prime Minister finally realised he could not stay on at 10.30pm on Wednesday when he could not fill any of the posts that had opened up in the Cabinet, they said. He then decided to sleep on it, before waking up at 6am and beginning to draft his resignation letter.

“In the end he realised there was no way out,” a source told the Times. “The onslaught was just too great. It was just too brutal.”

A source also told the Daily Mail that Guto Harri had to “take responsibility for much of the chaos”.

“He thinks he is a character in the play rather than a backstage floor manager,” they said.

Guto Harri was brought in at the beginning of February to steady the ship as Director of Communications during the partygate scandal.

In a move to save his premiership, following the resignations of a number of key aides, Boris Johnson had turned to Welsh broadcaster Harri, who was his director of external affairs during his tenure as Mayor of London.

Guto Harri’s tenure started with some difficulty after he gave an interview to Welsh language news website Golwg360 in which he called the Prime Minister “not a total clown”, but he subsequently kept a low public profile.

The Times also revealed today that the new Welsh Secretary was chosen as he was “deliberately uncontentious” – an old, experienced hand to guide the Cabinet through the next few months of caretaker government.

Boris Johnson told Buckland that it would be “very cool” if he would rejoin the cabinet, and suggested that he could do it “pro bono publico, no panico”.

‘Ship has sailed’

Meanwhile, Labour have said that they will call a no-confidence vote in the Prime Minister if the Conservative Party does not get rid of him immediately, Angela Rayner has said

The Labour deputy leader told BBC’s Today programme: “We will if the Conservatives don’t get their act together and get rid of Boris Johnson, you know, he’s got no confidence of his own party.

“He’s a proven liar who’s engulfed in sleaze and we can’t have another couple of months of this, you know.

“So they do have to get rid of him, and if they don’t, we will call a no confidence vote because it’s pretty clear – he hasn’t got the confidence of the house or the British public.”

In an “ideal world” Dominic Raab would have been the caretaker prime minister but “that ship has sailed”, the treasurer of the 1922 committee has said.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown told BBC’s Today programme: “I think that ship has sailed I think yesterday, everybody (on) this board, they decided that Boris Johnson should remain and he has said very clearly that he won’t be making any major changes during that period. And I think that is a good thing.

“Those ministers who are coming back in a caretaker role, having had resigned (from) work, it will be a little awkward for them.

“I think in an ideal world, Dominic Raab, as Deputy Prime Minister, should have been the caretaker prime minister, but that ship I think has sailed and we must we must now live with the fact that Boris Johnson will be Prime Minister until a successor can be voted on.”


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The Original Mark
The Original Mark
1 month ago

So, we have the a*se licking idiot Guto to thank for the situation, Still I’m sure S4c and the BBC will have no problem giving him work. tory scum.

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

S4C exists in order to keep Guto and his chums in employment, until something better comes along.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

Shows his morals are in the same ditch that his master promised to throw himself in.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Starmer only jumps in for a swim when the pool is empty…Raab would build a sand castle and rule from the beach and the rest are a bucket of dangerous crabs…oh I do love to be beside the seaside…all aboard the Wurlitzer of a general election…put your head between your legs a kiss your backside goodbye…frying pans and fire otherwise…Wallace and Gromit lead the charge of the barking mad brigade…this summer sees a plague of snakes, take care walking your dogs and kids if Rhos is in the name…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Fat Shanks is guilty, no doubt about it but his gang are all guilty of something too that is why they were all so loyal, he is also being given the blame for the actions of Osborne, IDS, May and Sunak just to name a few…keep your wits about you and ‘Cofiwch’…the greedy, mean spirited, gullible and stupid voting public share this guilt too, don’t forget…

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

So why no word from Guto about the treachery of Sunak…FT exclusive no 10 senior official calls Rishi ‘a treacherous b*st*rd’ – Boris’ men out to stop Rishi becoming leader at all costs, sounds like a proper palace coup from 1001 nights. Maybe he is the senior official and no other newspaper will touch it?

arthur owen
1 month ago

When Johnson ceases to be PM,Guto stops being paid,and he has never struck me as a thrifty type.

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  arthur owen

Why should he be? Old S4C will always come to the rescue. £74,000,000 every year to keep the Welsh hereditary broadcastisocracy going. Is that enough? Time to get the placards out, I say!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Guto Harri is the consummate Conservative brown-noser. I’m not surprised one iota he tried to persuade Boris to stay on board the sinking ship HMS Chaos. And knowing him he’d even offer to lay face down in the sea to be Boris’s personal emergency raft.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

When they make the musical of this bizarre tale Carrie might insist on Me and Boris McGee as the opening tune…

Dewi
Dewi
1 month ago

If Guto is again given airtime on S4C or BBC Wales I certainly will not be watching there is always Al Jazeera or RT orwhen it comes back!!!

Gaynor
Gaynor
1 month ago
Reply to  Dewi

He will be up for some board or other like many a brown noser who rule the Welsh corporations for the London establishment. Hell they all want an OBE or such honours now to keep em all quiet

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Dewi

When all else fails, there’s always S4C (old Welsh saying from Ysgol Rhydfelen).

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

“Look, Boris, another 3 months at the ludicrous wage you pay me will pay off the Jaguar so you just hang on in there.”

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