Government whips have been accused of threatening to suspend funding for the circumions Conservative MPs in a bid to quell rebellions in key votes.
Some of Boris Johnson's backbench MPs have also claimed that potential rebels who risked losing their seat in a future parliamentary limits review were warned that they might not automatically be selected elsewhere. In addition, whips have been accused of telling some Tory-held misfits that they could lose up to £ 10,000 worth of party headquarters 'critical defense' funding .
The measures were said to have been employed to enforce discipline and avoid embarrassing defeats to the House of Commons before a difficult winter for the government.
While party whips have long been known to use leverage, the allegation by some curators that there were threats to detain town dealfunding will raise questions about the fairness of its allocation.
The municipal fund, intended to boost areas in difficulty, was announced in 2019 and 101 city offers were made by the government.
In March, the Guardian announced revealed that of the first £ 1 billion released under the program, 39 of the 45 places he visited were represented by Tory MPs . At the time, Chancellor Rishi Sunak dismissed accusations of the "pork barrel policy ", saying the formula was "based on an economic needs index " published by Whitehall and "based on a set of objective measures ".
More recently, Chief Whip Mark Spencer has reportedly told some potential rebels among the fringe that party funding for conServing their seat in the next election may depend on their loyalty to the government. "My pen hovered over your name," he is said to have said.
Nonetheless, the pressure on MPs seems to have worked: some so-called rebels have said in private that the techniques had prevented them from voting against the government when they had planned it.
Caroline Slocock, director of the Civil Exchange think tank, said said, “Every government is using harsh tactics to curb rebellions from its own side on key votes. But it is shocking that government whips promise to distribute public money (or refuse it) to their MPs to buy votes.
"Les public funds should be allocated following criteria based on needs, with due process. If these claims are true, the government risks undermining confidence ingovernment - something more important than winning a voice.
There have also been more positive attempts to engage with backbenchers. Before the summer, some were invited to meetings with political leaders No.10 and asked to come up with solutions to problems the government should tackle.
Some insiders have defended Spencer. One called him the "best chief whip since the days of Patrick McLoughlin " who served for the first two years of the coalition government.
A Conservative MP noted: "It 's not like the [Theresa] May government where whips have to be tough because every vote was on a razor's edge. The majority of the government is such that they don 't need to go ballistic wi th everyone. "
Steve Reed, the secretary of the fan communitiestomes, said: "This shows again that the Conservatives treat public money as if it were their own. Boris Johnson is bullying his own MPs into breaking the promises they made, but it is the people in our communities who will suffer. The Conservatives are not interested in investing in our cities. They focus only on taking money out of the pockets of working people with tax hikes and a reduction in universal credit. "
The siege campaign has been contacted for comment. One Tory source said Spencer was "always happy to offer his support to those colleagues he finds in the government lobby " and another insisted on it. makes "engagement with colleagues quite normal ".
This comes amid speculation about a cabinet reshuffle that some believed would occur last week. The Frontbenchers suspected Johnson deliberately did not downplay the idea ahead of a vote on the tax on health care and social benefits, with the aim of keeping rebel numbers to a minimum. While the threat of a reshuffle has only partially subsided, that is not expected to happen on Wednesday.