Sir Charles passionately believes that measures to limit the spread of the virus risk causing more harm than they prevent, particularly in terms of mental health; Mr Hancock has consistently argued that the protection of the NHSshould be the over-arching priority.
Sir Charles was enraged by the chaos over messages from Mr Hancock and Transport Secretary Grant Shappsover whether people should book a summer holiday – and by the decision to impose a ten-year jail sentence on people who flout strict new quarantine rules, a rule introduced without MPs getting a chance to vote on it.
So when Mr Hancock addressed a private meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee, of which Sir Charles is vice-chairman, he let rip at the Cabinet Minister, telling him that the Prime Minister’s ‘legs have been cut from underneath him as a result of the interventions’ by Mr Hancock and Mr Shapps, adding: ‘If the PM is let down again by his Secretaries of State, he should remove them from Cabinet’.
With ‘vaccines coming out of our ears’, as Sir Charles has put it, impatience on the party’s backbenches is growing.
Read more: Tories go to war over when to reopen pubs and restaurants as top Tory Sir Charles Walker warns Matt Hancock ‘Boris should sack you’ if he makes another gaffe like the 10-year jail terms fiasco (But why does Walker keep giving Jackboot Johnson a free ride? They ALL should be in jail)