Boris Johnson faces no-confidence vote after Tories turn on PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a serious threat to his position as Prime Minister (Image: Rex/Getty)

Boris Johnson could be ousted as Prime Minister today, it has been confirmed.

Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of Backbench Tory MPs, announced this morning that he had received more than 54 letters supporting a vote of confidence.

That’s the figure needed to trigger a vote on the leadership of the Prime Minister – who now needs to convince a majority of Conservatives to support him if he is to remain in office.

If Mr Johnson wins, he has a year in office before another vote can take place. But while previous prime ministers have won votes of confidence, figures such as Theresa May, John Major and Margaret Thatcher have been mortally damaged by them.

Sir Graham said in a statement: “The threshold of 15% of parliamentary parties seeking a vote of confidence in the Conservative Party leader has been crossed.

“In accordance with the rules, a vote will take place today, Monday 6 June, between 6pm and 8pm – details to be confirmed.

“The votes will be counted immediately afterwards. An announcement will be made at a time to be agreed. Arrangements for the announcement will be published later today.’

Sir Graham later added that the Prime Minister was told the threshold had been crossed yesterday and suggested that some MPs had written to him asking that their letter be counted only until the end of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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Today, longtime supporter Jesse Norman delivered a brutal no-confidence letter to the Prime Minister.

The former minister said that Mr Johnson’s current political priorities were “deeply questionable” and that there were no circumstances in which he could serve in a government he led.

In the letter, he warned that any breach of the Northern Ireland protocol would be “economically very damaging, politically foolhardy and almost certainly illegal”.

“You are the leader of the Conservative and Unionist party, but you are putting the Union itself at serious risk,” Norman said.

Jesse Norman, Member of Parliament for the UK Edinburgh International Book Festival, Scotland, UK, August 12, 2018 Mandatory Credit: Photo by Pako Mera/REX/Shutterstock (9788066m)

Jesse Norman filed a brutal no-confidence letter in the PM (Image: REX)

He added that the government’s Rwanda policy was “ugly, likely counterproductive and of dubious legitimacy” and that plans to privatize Channel 4 were “unnecessary and provocative”.

Downing Street said Mr Johnson “welcomes the opportunity to make his case
to MPs,” with a No 10 spokeswoman saying today’s vote was “an opportunity to end
months of speculation and allow the government to draw a line and move on”.

She added: “Tonight is a chance to end months of speculation and allow the government to draw a line and move on and implement people’s priorities.

“The Prime Minister welcomes the opportunity to put his case before MPs and will remind them that there is no more formidable political force when they are united and focused on the issues that matter to voters.”

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