After 54 of his Tory MPs sparked a contest following a series of scandals, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a vote of confidence from the Conservative Party over his leadership on Monday.
Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Conservative backbenchers committee, said: ‘The 15% threshold of the parliamentary party calling for a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been passed.’
“As per the rules, a ballot will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. GMT) today,” he added.
In response, a Downing Street spokesman said the vote was a chance for Johnson to “draw a line and move on”.
“The Prime Minister welcomes the opportunity to put his point across to MPs and will remind them that when they are united and focused on the issues that matter to voters, there is no more formidable political force. “, added the spokesperson.
Unable to move from a report that documented booze-fuelled parties to the heart of power as Britain was under strict lockdowns to tackle COVID-19, Johnson came under mounting pressure.
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Joining a growing number of people who have expressed concern over Johnson’s election appeal, Jesse Norman, who served as assistant minister at the Department of Finance between 2019 and 2021, was the latest Conservative lawmaker to publicly call for a vote of confidence .
“Recent events have served to clarify the position of this country under your leadership beyond any doubt; and I fear I see no circumstances under which I could serve in a government led by you,” Norman said in a statement. letter he published. on Twitter.
I supported Boris Johnson for 15 years, for mayor of London and for PM. Very unfortunately, I wrote to him to tell him that I could no longer do so, for the reasons set out below. pic.twitter.com/0Mjs4hjeSF
—Jesse Norman (@Jesse_Norman) June 6, 2022
For Johnson’s removal as prime minister, a majority of Conservative lawmakers or 180 would have to vote against him.
Although some Tories say that kind of majority could be difficult to achieve if passed, there would then be a leadership race to decide who will replace him.
(With agency contributions)
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