Another Tory MP has submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister as Boris Johnson’s handling of the fallout of the partygate allegations has made his position “untenable.”
Aaron Bell MP said he has “submitted a letter to Sir Graham Brady” and told Johnson in the House of Commons that he could not go to his grandmothers lockdown funeral then asked the PM, “Does the Prime Minister think I’m a fool?”
Bell is the fifth MP this week to submit a letter and there has been a total of 13 MPs who have publicly called for Johnson to resign.
I have submitted a letter to Sir Graham Brady.
Please see the statement attached explaining my reasons.
I will not be commenting further at this time. pic.twitter.com/O9RUr3JSRE
— Aaron Bell MP (@AaronBell4NUL) February 4, 2022
It is not known exactly how many letters have been submitted to Sir Graham and Johnson’s leadership could be over if 54 Tories submit letters to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee.
A fifth Downing Street aide “quit” today with four others on Thursday as the Prime Minister hemorrhages his staff due to the partygate scandal.
"Does the prime minister think I'm a fool?"
That was Conservative MP Aaron Bell's question to the PM as he recalls attending his grandmother's funeral with only ten people due to Covid restrictions.
Johnson says he is "very sorry for misjudgements that may have been made." pic.twitter.com/AQe7Aa6CvI
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) January 31, 2022
Number 10 Policy Unit member Elena Narozanski quit which comes after his chief of staff, principal private secretary, director of communications and policy chief all walked out within hours of one another yesterday.
Johnson’s director of communications, Jack Doyle, his chief of staff, Dan Rosenfield, and his principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, all walked out on Thursday night.
Cabinet sources told The Times there is now a 50/50 chance of the Prime Minister being ousted.
They added, “It feels like the end, it’s all falling apart at the moment.
“It’s 50/50 in my view at the moment.”
Simon Clarke, the chief secretary to the Treasury, suggested there was more chaos in Downing Street than at the fall of the Roman Empire.
“I think the last days of Rome were more fun,” he told Channel 4 News.
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