When parliament returns next week, will find himself facing a mutinous party.

After a summer in which there have been more than half a dozen U-turns, including on exam results and masks, Conservative MPs are openly voicing their discontent.

Huw Merriman, chairman of the transport select committee, told the Today programme on Radio 4 that the government needed to “get a grip”, and Marcus Fysh, the MP for Yeovil, described the reversal on masks as “utterly wrong”.

Boris Johnson faces autumn of backbench discontent

Marcus Fysh called the U-turn on masks in schools “utterly wrong”

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Sir Charles Walker, vice-chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, said: “I know that times are uncertain but these are the moments when government needs to show the greatest conviction in its actions.”

The concern does not stop at the government in general, it

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