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Under-fire Boris Johnson said his political career has “barely begun” and insisted he’s made enemies in his party because he’s done “big, remarkable things”.

The Prime Minister was told he was “loathed” in his appearance before MPs since he survived a bruising no confidence vote in his leadership.

He arrived in the Commons to a chorus of shouts and cheers from a small number of Tories, while others sat in stony silence, some with their arms crossed.

Labour leader Keir Starmer mocked him over the shouts, joking: “I couldn’t make out whether that introductory noise was cheers or boos.

“The trouble is I don’t know whether it is directed at me or him.”

In a fractious PMQs clash, Labour’s Angela Eagle fired off an opening salvo where she told him the events of the week showed how “loathed” he was and confronted him over Conservative infighting.

Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer clashed in the first PMQs since Mr Johnson won his confidence vote

She said: “As his administration is too distracted by its internal divisions to deal with the challenges we face, can he explain if 148 of his backbenchers don’t trust him, why on earth should the country?”

The PM insisted “absolutely no one” is going to stop him getting on with the job and claimed critics didn’t like his ambitious policy agenda.

He joked: “In a long political career so far – it’s barely begun – I have of course picked up political opponents all over.

“That is because this Government has done some very big, very remarkable things which they did not necessarily approve of.”

He said “absolutely nothing and no one” would stop him from getting on with the job.

Downing Street said the PM had no plans to go anywhere.

His press secretary said: “You’ve heard him say before that he plans to fight and win the next election.”

Mr Starmer challenged him over the Government’s handling of the NHS and pressed him on Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries’ comments about failures to prepare for the pandemic.

Johnson loyalist Ms Dorries, an ex-Health Minister, made the admission during an attack on Jeremy Hunt after he called on the PM resign.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer challenged the PM over issues in the NHS

Mr Starmer asked: “Why did his Culture Secretary – I think she is hiding along the bench – say that successive Conservative governments left our health service wanting and inadequate when the pandemic hit?”

The PM replied: “Everybody knows that when the pandemic hit it was an entirely novel virus for which the whole world was unprepared. Nobody at that stage, nobody knew how to test for it, nobody knew what the right quarantine rules should be.

“But as it happened, the UK Government and our amazing NHS not only approved the first vaccine anywhere in the world, we were the first to get it into anybody’s arms and we had the fastest rollout anywhere in Europe.”

Mr Starmer also challenged the PM over soaring waiting lists and crumbling hospital buildings during the clash.

He accused Boris Johnson of being “utterly unable” to improve the NHS, and said: “Pretending no rules were broken didn’t work, pretending the economy is booming didn’t work, and pretending to build 40 new hospitals won’t work either.”

He added: “24 Hours in A&E used to be a TV programme, now it’s his policy.”

But Mr Johnson at one stage told him: “This line of attack is not working.”

The Labour leader also raised the case of a semi-professional footballer who tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) but had to crowdfund for a private operation due to a two-year wait for surgery.

The second was of a man who called 999 six times after his mother woke up unable to breathe.

Mr Starmer said: “In his last call he said: ‘I rang an hour ago for an ambulance as she had difficulty breathing, and now she’s dead.”‘

He asked Mr Johnson to admit these people “deserve better than a wanting and inadequate Government utterly unable to improve our NHS”.

Mr Johnson said he believed all MPs had sympathy with the cases,

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He added: “I share their feelings, but when you look at what this Government is doing, we are making colossal investments in our NHS, we’re cutting waiting times, we’re raising standards, we’re paying nurses more, we’re supporting our fantastic NHS, and by the way, he continually came to the House and said we had the worst Covid record in Europe – turned out to be completely untrue, he still hasn’t retracted it.”

The PM clung onto power by 211 votes to 148 on Monday night – which means a whopping 41% of Tory MPs don’t back him.

Theresa May won her confidence vote in 2018 with 37% of Conservatives opposing her. She quit less than six months later after failing to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.

The PM is trying to shore up support from mutinous MPs by dangling policy ideas ranging from cheaper childcare to an overhaul of Margaret Thatcher’s ‘Right to Buy’ scheme to let social housing tenants buy their homes.

He is facing particular pressure to cut taxes as millions of Brits struggle with the mounting cost of living crisis.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid acknowledged the pandemic had resulted in “challenges to the public finances” but told Today: “I would like to see cuts where they’re possible.

“And I know that this is something the Government is taking very seriously and I know that it’s something that the Chancellor will look at.”

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