Boris Johnson is under further pressure after three Tory MPs joined forces to try to force him out of his position as prime minister.
Tobias Ellwood, a former minister, claimed on Wednesday that he has filed a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister David Cameron, amid a continuing dispute about lockdown parties in No 10.
Anthony Mangnall and Sir Gary Streeter, both Conservative backbenchers, backed him in calling for a vote on his future in the House of Commons.
A total of 17 Conservative MPs have filed letters of no confidence, according to the BBC.
However, only nine of them have officially declared that they have taken this action, and the situation continues to be fluid. Sir Graham Brady, the head of the backbench 1922 committee, is the only one who knows the actual number.
A letter from at least 54 MPs to Sir Graham is required in order to bring about a vote on the Prime Minister’s leadership of the party.
To avoid a possible leadership challenge from Tory MPs who are dissatisfied with his reaction to allegations of parties being hosted in government facilities while the Covid restrictions were in effect, Mr Johnson is attempting to reassure them that he is committed to the party.
The prime minister, in an interview with the Sun, rebuffed demands for him to step down, telling the publication that he was “focused” on guiding the Conservative party into the next general election.
Nadine Dorries, the Culture Secretary and a close supporter of Prime Minister David Cameron, slammed the newest MPs to submit letters on Wednesday, stating they were “a handful of egos who want to make it all about them.”
“It’s self-serving, because they’re doing Labour’s job, and it’s not actually benefiting their people,” she said.
Only a dozen Conservative members of Parliament have openly called for Boris Johnson’s resignation. More of them have privately said that they have written letters of no confidence, while the total number of letters sent falls well short of the requisite 54.
So far, there has not been a great deal of coordination in this endeavor.
One of the PM’s long-time detractors told me that today’s three letters felt like “a tsunami” of resistance, but that it would take more than that to remove the PM from power completely.
Furthermore, conversations will take place over the following 48 hours with the goal of improving the management of the process.
Former and current ministers who were considering a revolt intended to wait until either the entire Sue Gray report was released or the local elections in May to make their move, whichever came first.
According to the study, Mr Johnson would be more vulnerable at that point, with poor election results or bad behavior providing fodder for his demise.
It’s because, although 54 votes are necessary to bring about a confidence vote, 180 votes would be required to force his resignation.
Some rebels are not driven by philosophy, but rather by the desire to safeguard the party’s – or themselves – image, making the prime minister’s position more precarious.
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