A no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson looks more likely as a third Tory MP today single-handedly called for the Prime Minister’s resignation.
Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen emailed his constituents in North West Leicestershire to say he had resubmitted his letter citing “further revelations over the past week”.
It seems Sue Gray’s long-awaited report on the parties at Downing Street and Whitehall has sent shockwaves through the Conservative Party. Mr Bridgen suggested the tally could now be “close” to triggering a vote.
“I believed that at the initial stage of the Russia-Ukraine war it would be wrong to hold a leadership competition,” wrote the rebel MP.
“However, there have been further revelations over the past week and there is obviously and rightly still a lot of anger about the culture at No 10 during lockdown.
“Me and my colleagues have filed a no-confidence letter in the last few days and the numbers may well be on the verge of triggering a no-confidence vote.
“This would give the Parliament Party a chance to register whether or not they believe Boris Johnson is the person who continues to lead the party.”
Originally submitting a letter in January, Mr Bridgen withdrew it in March, arguing that it was not appropriate given the fighting in Ukraine.
With more and more of his colleagues speaking out publicly against the MP, his stance must have changed.
His comments tonight come just hours after former Attorney General Jeremy Wright and Tory MP for Carshalton Elliot Colburn called on Mr Johnson to resign.
Mr Wright said events at Downing Street had done “real and lasting damage” to the government’s authority and that he had “regretfully” concluded the Prime Minister should go.
For a leadership election to be triggered, 54 formal no-confidence letters must be tabled – 15% of the parliamentary Conservative Party.
So far, 25 MPs have publicly said Mr Johnson should go – but more are likely to have written privately to the 1922 committee chairman.
As part of his role, only Sir Graham Brady will know the true number.
After weeks of waiting for the final release of Ms Gray’s scathing report, MPs’ anger is coming out in the open.
The growing body of no-confidence letters coincides with No 10 failing to deny a report that Carrie Johnson – the PM’s wife – was throwing a second party at her home for his 56th birthday.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/30/another-tory-mp-submits-no-confidence-letter-in-boris-johnson-16739071/ Another Tory MP files a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson