Dehenna Davison was told Wednesday to ‘get a grip’ by Carrie Johnson’s best friend after being named as one of the suspected ringleaders of the so-called ‘Pork Pie’ plot to oust the embattled prime minister.

The MP for Bishop Auckland was branded audacious by Nimco Ali over what is likely seen as a stab in the back to Mrs Johnson, who heavily campaigned to help her achieve her historic win at the 2019 general election.

‘Honestly can’t believe the audacity of @DehennaDavison,’ tweeted Ms Ali, ‘Girl get a grip’.

The former reality TV star, 28, – who appeared on Bride and Prejudice with her 63-year-old husband – was considered a friend by the PM’s wife, but is said to be miffed with Boris Johnson after two female Red Wall MPs were promoted ahead of her.

While Ms Davison has not spoken publicly about the plot, she is reported to be one of around 20 MPs who met in the office of Alicia Kearns, Tory MP for Melton Mowbray – home of the pork pie – to hatch a plan to remove the embattled PM, as they believe he is hurting their chances of re-election.

Downing Street is said to be particularly annoyed by Ms Davison’s decision to join the mutinous scheme, which came despite her close friendship with Mrs Johnson.

The pair previously shared selfies with on the campaign trail as they bonded over their love of dogs. They even branded themselves the ‘Tory Girl Squad’.

Dehenna Davison with rescued puppy 'Carter' pictured next to Carrie Johnson with dog Dilyn and Rishi Sunak, canvasing in Bishop Auckland. She is thought to be one of the ringleaders

Dehenna Davison with rescued puppy 'Carter' pictured next to Carrie Johnson with dog Dilyn and Rishi Sunak, canvasing in Bishop Auckland. She is thought to be one of the ringleaders

Dehenna Davison with rescued puppy ‘Carter’ pictured next to Carrie Johnson with dog Dilyn and Rishi Sunak, canvasing in Bishop Auckland. She is thought to be one of the ringleaders

Carrie Johnson's best friend Nimco Ali today told Dehenna, also a friend, to 'get a grip'

Carrie Johnson's best friend Nimco Ali today told Dehenna, also a friend, to 'get a grip'

Carrie Johnson’s best friend Nimco Ali today told Dehenna, also a friend, to ‘get a grip’

The poster girl of the 2019 intake, Ms Davison ousted Labour Remainer Helen Goodman and won with a majority of 7,962 – the first time the Bishop Auckland seat voted Conservative since it was created in 1885.

A large part of the victory was down to the high profile support of Mrs Johnson, who afterwards tweeted her congratulations, saying she was thrilled to hear her friend had become the first Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland. ‘She will be fantastic,’ she wrote.

Ms Davison praised her friendship with Mrs Johnson, telling of how she was ‘incredible and offered loads of support and advice’ when she became one of the youngest MPs in the Commons after being elected aged just 26.

The pair – who both own rescue dogs – bonded over their love for animals.

A photo posted on social media by Ms Davison in 2019 saw the pals campaigning with Mrs Johnson’s Jack Russell cross Dilyn and Ms Davison’s terrier cross Carter.

It was then that Ms Davison posted the snap to her followers with the caption #ToryGirlSquad.

After the election, their pets even enjoyed a doggy playdate at the home Mrs Johnson now shares with the PM and their son Wilfred and newborn daughter Romy.

#ToryGirlSquad: Carrie and Dehenna even took their respective rescue dogs Dilyn and Carter on the Tory campaign trail in 2019

#ToryGirlSquad: Carrie and Dehenna even took their respective rescue dogs Dilyn and Carter on the Tory campaign trail in 2019

#ToryGirlSquad: Carrie and Dehenna even took their respective rescue dogs Dilyn and Carter on the Tory campaign trail in 2019

Davison joked about the meet, saying it ‘wasn’t pretty’ but no damage was done to the flat’s interior furnishings.

Born in Sheffield, Ms Davison’s father Dominic was attacked and died from a single blow to the head when she was 13.

Following her election victory, she recalled how she sat in a hospital waiting room as doctors battled for 45 minutes to save her father’s life.

‘I can still picture it. I can tell you what the colour the walls were and everything,’ she said. ‘They [the doctors] stopped and I went to see my dad’s body, which is not something you expect to do at such a young age.’ 

The Tory, who studied politics at Hull University and spent a year as an aide to Jacob Rees-Mogg, previously said politics was about helping people ‘get their benefits claim through, getting a pothole filled’.

The former computer game shop worker admitted the ‘poster girl thing’ was probably due to her tragic backstory and her ‘slightly unusual demographics’. But she added: ‘I just want to get stuff done.’

Last year Davison also revealed that she’s currently divorcing Hull Tory councillor John Fareham, the husband 35 years her senior with whom she appeared on Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice.

Davison says appearing on the television programme about taboo relationships including large age gaps had proved ‘a learning curve’.

Last November she has said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by support after coming out as bisexual in an interview – the first ever female Tory MP to do so. 

She told Times Radio she was now in a relationship, with a man, that was ‘going really well’. She also said she had used dating apps with ‘a kind of nickname’, as her first name is so distinctive she was worried she would be easily identifiable.

She said: ‘I didn’t say what I did for a living or anything like that. So it was a little bit more natural. I went on a few nice dates, dates with a few nice girls and a few nice guys. And it was just, you know, fun.’

But she is now part of a group which have gone from being branded ‘Boris’ Babies’ when they entered Parliament in 2019, to being called ‘f***ing nobodies’ by Mr Johnson’s allies, following revelations of the Pork Pie plot. 

Whips also suspect other relatively new backbenchers, such as Gary Sambrook, a freemason and MP for Birmingham Northfield and Chris Loder from West Dorset, of being among the ringleaders. 

Divorcing: After marrying Hull Tory councillor John Fareham, 35 years her senior, in her early twenties, the couple are now getting divorced. The pair appeared on Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice during their relationship to talk about taboos surrounding age gap marriages

Divorcing: After marrying Hull Tory councillor John Fareham, 35 years her senior, in her early twenties, the couple are now getting divorced. The pair appeared on Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice during their relationship to talk about taboos surrounding age gap marriages

Divorcing: After marrying Hull Tory councillor John Fareham, 35 years her senior, in her early twenties, the couple are now getting divorced. The pair appeared on Channel 4 show Bride and Prejudice during their relationship to talk about taboos surrounding age gap marriages

They are also called the ‘grey wolves’ by some allies of the Prime Minister because ‘they were not socialised in Parliament during the pandemic’, according to Sky News.

One Cabinet source was furious at the lack of loyalty, telling The Times: ‘They were only elected because of him. Most of them are a load of f****** nobodies. It’s nuts.’ 

While the plotters whispered behind closed doors, another 2019-er admitted having sent in a letter of no-confidence in the PM. The plotters are said to have discussed submitting their letters en masse after Prime Minister’s Questions – with 11 now said to be in.

Christian Wakeford, the first Tory to represent Bury South in more than 20 years, became the seventh MP known to have written to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee. Last year he admitted he approached Owen Paterson and called him a ‘c***’ after the government instructed MPs to vote to change parliamentary sleaze rules. Today he defected to Labour.

The plotters are said to have discussed submitting their letters en masse after Prime Minister’s Questions – with 11 now said to be in – but some way short of the 54 needed to spark a new leadership election.

These are the other people believed to be leading the plot:  

The Ringleaders 

Alicia Kearns

Rutland MP grabbing a pork pie in the market town of Melton Mo

Rutland MP grabbing a pork pie in the market town of Melton Mo

Rutland MP grabbing a pork pie in the market town of Melton Mo

Alicia Kearns, who was an Amnesty International activist during her teenage years, was elected as MP for Rutland and Melton in 2019.

The alleged involvement of Miss Kearns led to the coup attempt being dubbed the ‘Pork Pie Plot’ – because she is MP for Melton Mowbray, the pork pie capital of the world.

The 34-year-old is a former press officer, working for the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice and the Foreign Office.

A mother of two, she is now a member of the Commons foreign affairs select committee. She has spoken out against some of the government’s lockdown restrictions, including Covid passports. 

The Tory MP, who replaced stalwart Alan Duncan,  has had her second child since being elected and has campaigned for mothers not to be alone in labour in hospitals, after some trusts banned partners.

She also weighed in on the debate over breastfeeding in the Commons chamber amid an outcry over Labour’s Stella Creasy being censured for carrying her son Pip, then aged three months.  

Rutland and Melton MP Ms Kearns, 34, said she has always been able to leave the chamber to feed her daughter and does not need to have that ‘live-streamed to the world’ from the Commons.

Ms Kearns, who announced the birth of her second child in January 2021, said: ‘Babies have no place in the chamber. I’ve asked to leave debates to feed my child a few times – I have never been turned down.

‘This is a debate about childcare that is wrongly being presented as one of rights and representation.’ 

Chris Loder 

Chris Loder at Dorchester West Station, where he used to be train guard

Chris Loder at Dorchester West Station, where he used to be train guard

Chris Loder at Dorchester West Station, where he used to be train guard

Another MP said to be involved in the plot is Chris Loder, MP for West Dorset since 2019, replacing Oliver Letwin.  

Mr Loder said he had received 400 emails over recent days with the ‘vast, vast majority’ critical of the PM.

He said on Facebook: ‘With revelations concerning Downing Street parties over the last two years at its height, I’d like you to know that I and most of my colleagues feel deeply embarrassed and humiliated by such revelation’.

The 40-year-old was previously head of new trains for South Western Railway.

He started work as a train guard aged 18 at South West Trains, the firm which previously held the franchise.

Mr Loder is an opponent of ‘woke’ politics and he lists his hobbies as bell ringing in Dorset churches and playing his organ.

He attended the local state comprehensive and never went to university. 

His Christian faith has seen him speak out on a number of scandals gripping the Church of England in recent years.

This included when the Rt Rev Dr Joanna Penberthy, the Bishop of St Davids, told her congregation ‘never, never, never trust a Tory’. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was forced to apologise.

Loder, a practicing Anglican in the Church of England, wrote to Dr Penberthy telling her to resign over the ‘disgracefully divisive’ comments, which proved she ‘isn’t fit to be a bishop’.

He also claimed his political affiliation had led members of the clergy to ‘turn their backs when sharing the peace of Christ at the eucharist’ and that ‘there are some churches and some clergy who don’t welcome me, even in my home constituency… because I am Conservative.’ 

Gary Sambrook 

Gary Sambrook was elected MP for Birmingham Northfield in the 2019 election - but is believed to be deeply unhappy with the party leader.

Gary Sambrook was elected MP for Birmingham Northfield in the 2019 election - but is believed to be deeply unhappy with the party leader.

Gary Sambrook was elected MP for Birmingham Northfield in the 2019 election – but is believed to be deeply unhappy with the party leader.

Gary Sambrook was elected MP for Birmingham Northfield in the 2019 election – but is believed to be deeply unhappy with the party leader.

He said: ‘The prime minister has admitted attending one of the gatherings but disputed its status as a party, and has apologised. We all will come to our own conclusions.’ 

Sambrook defeated sitting Labour MP Richard Burden, who had represented the seat since 1992.

The 32-year-old has spoken out in favour of trans rights, and wants the government to improve legal recognition for trans people.

The former Birmingham councillor is openly gay and also a proud freemason, saying it was easier to come out than admit the latter.

He spoke out after former Tory MP Sarah Wollaston asked on Twitter why ‘anyone would bother with all that claptrap if not for the chance to weasel an unfair advantage’.

But Sambrook said Freemasons did a great job for charities and its members were ordinary people – despite the ‘funny handshakes’.

‘For a long time Freemasonry has been on the receiving end of whispering, stigma and discrimination,’ he said.

‘I have never made a secret of the fact that I am a Mason, and proudly tell anyone who asks.

‘It was probably easier to come out as gay than as a Freemason. The generalisation is often of a secret society, meeting in anonymous buildings with accusations of controlling Governments and faking the moon landings.’ 

The minister

Therese Coffey 

Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, departs the Commons

Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, departs the Commons

Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, departs the Commons

Cabinet minister Therese Coffey, 50, is also accused of speaking out against Boris Johnson’s leadership.

Before she entered politics, she was finance director for Mars Drinks UK and property finance director for the BBC.

She was elected as MP for Suffolk Coastal, taking over from John Gummer, in 2010. She voted against the legalisation of same-sex marriage, saying she believed marriage was about family.

Boris Johnson appointed her as Work and Pensions Secretary in 2019 after the resignation of Amber Rudd, a position she retains.

Last month she strenuously denied breaking coronavirus restrictions by hosting karaoke parties at her Cabinet office in lockdown.

Red Wall assassins 

Christian Wakeford

Bury South MP Christian Wakeford is joining Labour

Bury South MP Christian Wakeford is joining Labour

Bury South MP Christian Wakeford is joining Labour

Bury South MP Christian Wakeford today defected from the Conservatives to Labour, telling Boris Johnson that ‘you and the Conservative Party as a whole have shown themselves incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves’.

He is said to have been quitting for Labour since the Autumn but allegations about the Downing St parties were the final straw.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer welcomed MP Christian Wakeford’s defection from the Tories, saying: ‘The policies of the Conservative government are doing nothing to help the people of Bury South and indeed are only making the struggles they face on a daily basis worse.’

He was not at the ‘pork pie’ meeting but has said he has no confidence in the Prime Minister. Some exoerts are claiming that his letter still may count, despite his defection.

Before he won his Bury South seat in 2019 he was an insurance broker.

It was reported last year that he approached Owen Paterson and called him a ‘c***’ after the government instructed MPs to vote to change parliamentary sleaze rules.  

He used the expletive while full of a mixture of ‘anger’ after Mr Paterson broke lobbying rules, and codeine he received for a broken ankle.

The MP for Bury South, one of a number elected to former Labour strongholds in 2019, said he was angry at MPs being ‘marched up the hill’ to try to block Mr Paterson’s suspension.  Mr Wakeford confirmed the claim he used the C-word was true, telling Times Radio: ‘It’s been a mixture of quite a lot of anger and codeine. I clearly have a broken ankle at the moment. It’s not the best mix’.

Mark Logan

Bolton's Tory MP Mark Logan rebelled over the operation to save Owen Paterson

Bolton's Tory MP Mark Logan rebelled over the operation to save Owen Paterson

Bolton’s Tory MP Mark Logan rebelled over the operation to save Owen Paterson

Bolton’s Tory MP Mark Logan, who has a majority of just 378, says  he has been left ‘infuriated’ by the No 10 parties.

He said: ‘Like many of you who’ve taken the time to contact me this week. In government the prime minister sets the culture and example for the rest of the country.’ 

He began rebelling against Boris Johnson in November, choosing to abstain the controversial vote over whether to review the system for upholding standards. 

It was in relation to North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson who was found to have repeatedly breached paid lobbying rules. 

The decision by Boris Johnson to try to save Paterson’s skin and prevent him being suspended has been seen by many as the turning point of his premiership.

He said at the time: ‘I believe in the end that given the findings of the independent commission, I would not be able to vote for a motion that would overrule the findings that were laid out.

‘This is not only from the perspective of my own personal assessment of the findings, but also in relation to how just or unjust this would feel to people in Bolton’. 

Lee Anderson   

Lee Anderson refused to watch Gareth Southgate's team in the Euros because they took the knee

Lee Anderson refused to watch Gareth Southgate's team in the Euros because they took the knee

Lee Anderson refused to watch Gareth Southgate’s team in the Euros because they took the knee

Elected in Ashfield with a majority of 5,733 – it was just the second time the Nottinghamshire constituency has ever had a Tory MP. 

He said of the partygate scandal: ‘Personally, I would not back anyone who has knowingly done wrong.’ 

Son of a coal miner, educated at the local state and then a miner for 12 years himself he was a member of Arthur Scargill’s National Union of Mineworkers and went on strike in 1984. 

Later worked in homeless hostels before becoming office manager for the Labour MP Gloria De Piero. Frustrated with Labour’s Brexit stance, he quit in 2018 and joined the Tories.

Last year he made headlines having vowed to boycott England’s Euro 2020 games because of his opposition to players taking the knee.  

He lashed out at the players taking the knee because it was associated with the Black Lives Matter political movement, which is largely far-left.

In a video on Facebook, Mr Anderson – wearing a T-shirt with the Three Lions emblazoned on it – said it’s ‘their choice to take the knee and it’s my choice not to watch the matches’ but added he had received abuse about his position.

Before the tournament began, Mr Anderson said the FA had made a ‘big mistake’ in supporting taking the knee.

He told the Times that Black Lives Matter was a ‘Marxist organisation’, adding: ‘The FA, Premier League and footballers now run the risk of becoming like the Labour Party and that is having nothing in common with their traditional supporters.

‘All forms of racism are vile and should be stamped out, but this is not the way.

‘For the first time in my life I will not be watching my beloved England team while they are supporting a political movement whose core principles aim is to undermine our way of life.’

Antony Higginbotham

Antony Higginbotham

 The 32-year-old won Burnley with a majority of 1,352 – the first Tory MP in the town since 1910.

Antony Higginbotham

The 32-year-old won Burnley with a majority of 1,352 – the first Tory MP in the town since 1910. 

But with his seat under threat he said on Facebook: ‘I am as angry and disappointed as you are. 

‘This whole saga has damaged trust in politics; raised serious questions about those who were responsible for forming up the restrictions I had to vote on and we all had to live under; and made us all think about the difficult periods we’ve endured over the last two years and the sacrifices made.’ 

He is single and openly gay. His grandmother was a nurse and his mother was a trade union representative, while his father held two jobs to try to make ends meet. Single and openly gay.

Educated at the local state school and the first of his family to go to university, studying politics at Hull.

Before entering politics he worked in the NHS and then joined NatWest to help customers prepare for life after the EU. 

He claims his political outlook was inspired by his time in Lancashire’s Army Cadet Force.

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