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Senior figures in the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs have been seen entering Downing Street for a meeting with Boris Johnson.

Brady confirmed today that the executive had met the Prime Minister in No 10 but declined to comment on their discussions.

"Good to get back to normal with our termly meeting between the Executive of the 1922 Committee & our Prime Minister @ BorisJohnson at No10," North West Durham MP Richard Holden tweeted.

Earlier, the Prime Minister's official spokesman played down reports of tensions between Mr Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak.

"continue to work together very well at all levels" the spokesman said.

They work very closely together delivering on the public's priorities."

Party sources have played down reports that as many as a dozen MPs have sent letters of no confidence in the PM to 1922 chairman Sir Graham Brady, with whips saying they had no information of this happening.

The meeting prompted inevitable speculation that the 13-member committee wanted to raise backbench concerns about a torrid month for the PM, which has seen the Tories slump behind Labour in the polls after a series of self-inflicted blows, starting with the botched attempt to save an MP from punishment for sleaze and also taking in the mishandled launches of policies on rail and social care.

but the conservative benches were a great deal fuller for prime minister's questions than they had been last week.

The new social care bill was a working-class dementia tax.

Those who were less well-off, with houses worth about £100,000, would lose almost all of their assets if they needed to move into a care home, while the better off would lose a far smaller percentage.

his opener – the pm's manifesto guarantee that no one would have to sell their home to pay for care was now another broken promise.

no one was ever going to be made for them.

Everyone could definitely stay in their homes, provided they were still able to stay in their homes.

At times like this, Johnson doesn ’ t need to lose his place for 20 seconds to look lazy and stupid.

The Tory MPs cheered dutifully, though part of them must have died a little more inside.

Starmer kept banging away with good soundbites.

This was about as much as some Conservative MPs could take.

Enough was enough.

Others stayed to make life unexpectedly uncomfortable for Johnson.

Would the government commit to keeping its 2019 manifesto, asked the usually loyal David Evennett.

but imagine a tory mp having to ask a prime minister ?"

Daniel Kawczynski and Mike Penning raised problems with hospitals in their constituencies, apparently bewildered that Johnson's promises to fix the NHS had so far proved hollow.

Boris Pig looked round to congratulate Andrea Leadsom for all her work trying to undo her own party ’ s mistakes.

It wasn't, of course.

The Labour leader still seems to think that if you confront Boris Pig with reality for long enough then you will eventually break through his denial and get him to accept the truth.

Up until the time his failings become unforgivable.

It may have taken 19 long months, but has Keir Starmer finally got the measure of Boris Johnson?

And although the PM waved his hands like a goalkeeper in a penalty shoot-out, Starmer did not miss the open goal.

Crucially, Starmer has also learned that ridicule is often the best weapon against the PM, and his jibe about that awkward CBI speech – "Is everything OK, Prime Minister ?"

When PMQs ended, Priti Patel patted Johnson on the arm.

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