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Shameless Boris Johnson was clinging desperately to power tonight after a humiliating 24 hours and a dramatic collapse in Tory support.

Conservative MPs were aghast that the Prime Minister told his Cabinet that he was staying put to go after they tried to oust him.

But with his leadership drawing to a close, he was holed up in Downing Street despite the Tory Party’s ‘men in grey suits’ saying his time was up.

A delegation of Cabinet ministers went to No 10 tonight, including newly appointed Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, Home Secretary Priti Patel and chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris.

In an extraordinary stand-off, they threatened to resign unless Mr Johnson agreed to finally stand down.

Priti Patel also urged Boris Johnson to quit ( AFP via Getty Images)

Cabinet minister Michael Gove, who famously torpedoed Mr Johnson’s first Tory leadership bid, had earlier urged him to stand down.

But a defiant Mr Johnson insisted he would “smash on” in No 10 despite his remaining support crumbling around him.

It is now highly likely he faces another confidence vote next week which he is on course to lose after haemorrhaging support across the Tory ranks.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative 1922 Committee, also visited No 10 to tell the PM the party wanted him to go.

The bullish PM told the top Tories that he had no plans to quit and that he would reshuffle his top team if they walked.

Conservative MP Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, walks through Whitehall on his way to the Cabinet Office ( Getty Images)

Insiders said he told them he wanted to focus on “getting on with the job” to tackle the cost of living crisis and the conflict in Ukraine.

He warned that ousting him could result in a summer of chaos with a leadership election and growing pressure for a general election.

Earlier, Mr Johnson told the Commons: “The job of a Prime Minister in difficult circumstances when he has been handed a colossal mandate is to keep going, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons ( PA)

During a bruising two-hour session of the liaison committee later, he added: “I cannot for the life of me see how it is responsible to walk away.”

After being repeatedly pressed for a direct answer, Mr Johnson said “of course” he ruled out triggering a general election if the Tories force him from office.

But it was clear that his time is nearly up after 38 ministers and parliamentary aides quit their roles calling for him to go.

Rishi Sunak quit as Chancellor on Tuesday ( AFP via Getty Images)

Two departments – levelling up and education – are left with just one minister in charge and the Government is in a state of paralysis.

The mass resignation came after Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid dramatically quit their Cabinet posts on Tuesday evening.

Multiple Tory MPs dropped bombshell letters announcing the PM had lost their confidence and submitted letters calling for a fresh vote.

The PM’s authority was already badly bruised after months of scandal over Partygate, first revealed by the Mirror, and a confidence vote which saw 41% of his own MPs vote to oust him.

But the final straw for many Tories was his handling of sexual assault claims by deputy chief Chris Pincher, who he promoted despite being aware of allegations.

Sajid Javid stepped down as Health Secretary ( Sky News)

It represents an astonishing change of fortune for the man known as the ‘greased piglet’ for his many political escapes.

On a dramatic day at Westminster, the PM told the Commons that he should keep going despite the “difficult circumstances” he faces.

But former Cabinet minister David Davis urged the PM to “put the interests of the nation before his own interests”.

Former minister Chris Skidmore slammed the “effective cover up of sexual abuse”.

Red Wall former loyalist Lee Anderson said: “That said integrity should always come first and sadly this has not been the case over the past few days.”

Traditional blue collar Tory Rob Halfon added: “Government is not working for most people, whether it is GP services or getting a Passport.

“Millions are still struggling with the cost of living. Much policy delivery is a mirage.”

In a brutal resignation speech, Sajid Javid told MPs: “I do fear that the reset button can only work so many times.

“There’s only so many times you can turn that machine on and off before you realise that something is fundamentally wrong”

He added: “I have concluded that the problem starts at the top.

“That is not going to change and that means that it is for those of us in a position who have responsibility to make that change.”

Tory leadership rivals including Sajid Javid, who resigned as health secretary on Tuesday, are already jostling for position in the race to take over the top job.

Mr Johnson’s refusal to go means his fate will ultimately lie with Tory MPs.

Sir Keir Starmer called Mr Johnson’s remaining allies a ‘Z-list cast of nodding dogs’

The 1922 Committee’s rules are expected to be changed on Monday, after elections, to allow another confidence vote within 12 months.

Labour leader Keir Starmer branded Mr Johnson a “pathetic spectacle” as Labour MPs shouted “bye bye” to the Prime Minister.

He said ministers resigning from Government have not got a “shred of integrity” given recent scandals, adding it was the “first recorded case of the sinking ships fleeing the rats”.

“As for those who are left, only in office because no-one else is prepared to debase themselves any longer: the charge of the lightweight brigade.

“Have some self-respect,” he added.

Ian Blackford challenged the PM to step down or call a general election ( PA)

SNP leader Ian Blackford challenged him to step down or call a general election after a damaging 24 hours that has seen a string of Government resignations.

“A few weeks ago I compared the Prime Minister to Monty Python’s Black Knight, actually turns out I was wrong. He’s actually the dead parrot,” he said.

“Whether he knows it or not, he’s now an ex-prime minister.”

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