Boris Johnson faces Tory rebellion from new pressure groups: ‘Cracks emerge daily’

By Evening Standard

On Saturday last weekend, as Boris Johnson prepared to announce the lockdown he had desperately tried to avoid, a vaguely familiar figure slipped into 10 Downing Street to scrutinise the scientific data for himself. It was not a Cabinet minister, nor a top scientist, but Steve Baker, a backbench MP who this year formed one of the new Conservative pressure groups shooting up across the green benches in Parliament, The Lockdown Sceptics. Mr Baker was prominent during the Brexit battles as whip and strategist of the Spartans, the toughest and most drilled of the European Research Group of hardline Brexiteers.

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