Liz Truss ousts top adviser who told radio show she would rather Boris Johnson quit

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Liz Truss ousts senior adviser who told radio show she would rather Boris Johnson quit over Partygate scandal

  • Baroness Morrissey quit after suggesting she wanted Boris Johnson to quit
  • The Tory peer was the main non-executive director of the Foreign Office
  • Liz Truss has made it clear she will fire her for saying the Prime Minister is ‘in the wrong job’
  • Foreign Secretary said her comments made the job ‘untenable’, sources say

A Tory peer was kicked out as a Foreign Office adviser last night – just hours after she suggested she wanted to see Boris Johnson quit Partygate.

Baroness Morrissey, a pro-Brexit banker, resigned as the office’s senior non-executive director after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss made it clear she would fire her.

She resigned after talks with the department’s permanent secretary, Sir Philip Barton. Sources said the Foreign Secretary believed her comments made the job “untenable”.

The 55-year-old financier, who has nine children, was knighted by Mr Johnson two years ago but yesterday she told LBC radio the Prime Minister was ‘just in the wrong job’.

She said: “Reluctant MPs, when they saw the Prime Minister’s jeers outside St Paul’s [at the Platinum Jubilee thanksgiving service]they would see that he had in fact become a liability rather than an asset.

“I’d rather he didn’t. [carry on as Prime Minister]… I see no contrition. He said he would bawl it out, that’s not what we want to hear. Tax cuts one minute after increasing them won’t help.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has made it clear she will sack Foreign Office adviser Baroness Morrissey, a pro-Brexit banker, after she suggested she wanted to see Boris Johnson quit over Partygate

The 55-year-old financier quit after talks with the department's permanent secretary, Sir Philip Barton, as a source said the Foreign Secretary believed his comments were making the job work

The 55-year-old financier quit after talks with the department’s permanent secretary, Sir Philip Barton, as a source said the Foreign Secretary believed his comments made the job “untenable”.

Last year Mr Johnson was called on to sack Baroness Morrissey after she posted a tweet which appeared to deny the extent of the Covid pandemic

Last year Mr Johnson was called on to sack Baroness Morrissey after she posted a tweet which appeared to deny the extent of the Covid pandemic

Tory peer, Baroness Morrissey

Tory peer, Baroness Morrissey

Baroness Morrissey, who has nine children, was knighted by Mr Johnson two years ago but yesterday told LBC radio the Prime Minister was ‘just in the wrong job’.

It is believed that Miss Truss asked Sir Philip to sack Baroness Morrissey, but at the meeting she offered her resignation.

A source close to the Foreign Secretary said: ‘Liz has ordered Philip Barton to sack Helena. She thought the comments were outrageous and made her position untenable.

Foreign Office Permanent Secretary Sir Philip Barton who spoke to Baroness Morrissey before stepping down

Foreign Office Permanent Secretary Sir Philip Barton who spoke to Baroness Morrissey before stepping down

Another source added: ‘Liz thought she [Morrissey’s] the comments on the PM were ridiculous. She had to leave, which is very sad.

The pair ran Newton Investment Management for 15 years and held a senior position at Legal and General, managing assets worth nearly £6bn.

Last year, Mr Johnson was called upon to fire her after she posted a tweet that appeared to deny the extent of the Covid pandemic.

She wrote: “Data shows we are NOT in a pandemic. If people dropped dead on the street, we would notice it and we wouldn’t go to M&S and we’d have all those football games.

In an apparent reference to the Chinese Communist Party, she added, “The CCP’s fake videos started this. It’s ridiculous.’

Meanwhile, nine Tory MPs have yet to voice their loyalty after Monday’s vote of no confidence. Rumors of a quick reshuffle to bolster support for the prime minister have so far failed to materialise.

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