Boris Johnson’s days in office could be coming to an end as two more MPs have publicly slammed the Prime Minister over “unacceptable failings of leadership” amid the Sue Gray report.
A vote of no confidence is becoming more realistic as Tory MPs Dame Andrea Leadson and John Stevenson have now turned on Johnson.
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Stevenson said he had recently called on Johnson to put himself forward for a confidence vote to “draw a line” over the continued partygate saga and he is now the 28th Tory MP to submit a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
The prominent MP said, “Sadly, the Prime Minister appears unwilling to bring matters to a head and submit himself to such a vote.
“Therefore, the only option is for the Conservative MPs to facilitate a vote of confidence.
“I have already take the appropriate action.”
— John Stevenson MP (@John4Carlisle) May 31, 2022
Conservative MP Dame Andrea who had previously backed the Prime Minister said that there has been “unacceptable failings” from within Downing Street and “It is extremely unlikely that senior leaders were unaware of what was going on.”
Dame Andrea wrote, “I believe in the importance of high standards of integrity, and that Members of Parliament must strive to be good role models, very specifically because we are the lawmakers and therefore in a trusted position of power and authority.
“I am determined to be clear about my views as a matter of personal integrity – the conclusion I have drawn from the Sue Gray report is that there have been unacceptable failings of leadership that cannot be tolerated and are the responsibility of the Prime Minister.
“Each of my Conservative MP colleagues and I must now decide individually on what is the right course of action that will restore confidence in our Government.”
Former Conservative leader William Hague told Times Radio Dame Andrea’s intervention would increase the likelihood of a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons against the Prime Minister.
Hague said, “I said this was a slow fuse. Well, such a letter from, I guess a senior figure, Andrea Leadsom is the fuse.
“The fuse is getting closer to the dynamite here and it’s speeding up.
“So I think that’s just another indication the Conservative Party is moving faster towards a vote of confidence.”