BORIS Johnson is braced for the embarrassment of relying on Sir Keir Starmer to ram his Freedom Day delay past mutinous Conservative rebels in Parliament tonight.
Lockdown-hating Tories are trying to rally enough MPs to wipe out the PM’s stonking majority – but the crunch Covid vote is set to sail through the Commons on the backs of Labour support.
Despite blasting ministers for leaving the borders “like a sieve” and letting the Indian super-strain run riot in Britain, Sir Keir has grudgingly thrown his weight behind the four-week delay.
MPs will at 7pm tonight vote to renew the emergency pandemic laws that expire at the end of the month.
The Covid Recovery Group of backbenchers railing against prolonged restrictions have been a thorn in the Government side throughout the pandemic.
Fifty-five Tories rebelled against Mr Johnson’s third lockdown in December in the Government’s biggest revolt to date.
But they have failed to land a significant blow on the PM because of Sir Keir’s staunch support for lockdowns throughout the pandemic.
Tory MPs complain that they are the only ones providing real opposition to ministers during the crisis.
Lib Dems are also planning to vote against tonight.