Boris Johnson will face crunch vote on his leadership on Monday as Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee has informed the Prime Minister he will face a “confidence vote” in the House of Commons.
Many Tory MPs have shown their discontent over the lockdown parties and the Prime Minister’s leadership has now reached tipping point.
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In the wake of the Sue Gray report into breaches of Covid laws a secret ballot will take place on Monday between 6pm and 8pm and the count will happen immediately afterwards where Johnson will learn his fate.
Speaking shortly after Sir Graham made his announcement, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Sky News, “If there is (a vote) the Prime Minister will stand and fight his corner with a very, very strong case.”
Sir Graham said he had informed the Prime Minister on Sunday that the threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party calling for a vote has now been passed.
Sir Graham said, “I have followed the rules that we have in place.
“I notified the Prime Minister yesterday and we agreed the timetable for the confidence vote to take place.
“He shared my view, which is also in line with the rules that we have in place, that that vote should happen as soon as it could reasonably take place, and that would be today.”
Sir Graham suggested that some Tory MPs had submitted letters which were post-dated until after the end of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, so that the vote of no confidence will not clash with the extended bank holiday festivities.
Johnson will address the 1922 Committee today as he battles to save his leadership
A No 10 spokeswoman said on Sunday evening, “Tonight is a chance to end months of speculation and allow the government to draw a line and move on, delivering on the people’s priorities.
“The PM welcomes the opportunity to make his case to MPs and will remind them that when they’re united and focused on the issues that matter to voters, there is no more formidable political force.”
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said, “The Prime Minister has my 100% backing in today’s vote and I strongly encourage colleagues to support him.
“He has delivered on Covid recovery and supporting Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. He has apologised for mistakes made.
“We must now focus on economic growth.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said, “the PM has shown the strong leadership our country needs
“I am backing him today and will continue to back him as we focus on growing the economy, tackling the cost of living and clearing the Covid backlogs.”