Boris Johnson could face a vote of no confidence for breaking the ministerial code

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser has asked the Prime Minister to explain how being fined by the police for a birthday party in June 2020 when indoor socializing was banned does not breach not the ministerial code requirement to comply with the law.

John Stevenson, a Tory MP, said he had been ‘deeply disappointed’ with parties breaking the rules during nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns and called on the Prime Minister to stand for a vote of confidence as a means of “draw the line” under the problems.

“Unfortunately, the Prime Minister does not appear willing to move things forward,” Stevenson said in a statement.

“Therefore, the only option is for Tory MPs to facilitate a vote of confidence. I have already taken the appropriate steps.

Support for Johnson among Tories declined further after an internal investigation was published last week.

Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street

Senior civil servant Sue Gray’s investigation found he presided over a culture of parties that went late into the night and even featured a drunken brawl among staff.

Johnson won an 80-seat majority in the last general election in December 2019, on a promise to withdraw the UK from the European Union.

But despite this, a growing number of Tory MPs have come forward to say they don’t believe the party can win the next election, due by 2024, under his leadership.

Opinion polls have shown deep public disapproval of the scandal, with a large majority saying Johnson knowingly lied about ‘Partygate’ and that he should resign.

Parliament is not sitting this week and with four days of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations starting on Thursday, any announcement about a possible vote would not be made until next week at the earliest.


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