Boris Johnson could face a crunch leadership vote by Tuesday if Tory revolt mounts

Prime Minister Boris Johnson could potentially face a crucial vote on his premiership as early as Tuesday, as reports have broken the 54-letter threshold for a Tory no-confidence vote

Johnson faces a pivotal few days in his tenure as Prime Minister
Johnson faces a pivotal few days in his tenure as Prime Minister

Boris Johnson could face a crucial vote as early as tomorrow if Tory rebels step up their attempt to oust him.

The PM is under fire from his own MPs over Partygate, his response to the Sue Gray report, the cost of living crisis and dismal poll numbers.

Reports yesterday claimed that the threshold of 54 letters to the 1922 committee chairman, Sir Graham Brady, needed to elicit a vote of confidence had been exceeded with 67 sent.

But if Mr Johnson wins the poll, Best for Britain campaign manager Naomi Smith revealed exclusively to the Mirror how the group plans to oust him from No. 10 in the next election with tactical voting.

The threshold for a vote of confidence in Boris Johnson is said to have already been reached


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And she revealed the plan was “incredibly personal” for her after she died during the pandemic while Tories were partying illegally.

Naomi said: “My dad was in the hospital for six months and we weren’t allowed to visit or see him. We finally got to visit him 45 minutes before his death in April 2021.

“The pain he suffered, the loneliness in his darkest hour, in his most anxious time, no one deserved.

“Then to find out that these people not only broke the rules, but mocked us, laughed at it, patted themselves on the back because they thought they got away with it, it’s sickening.”

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While some Labor insiders admit Keir Starmer’s chances of an outright majority in the next election remain slim – they expect he could only wield power as leader of the largest party led by Scottish and Welsh nationalists Lib Dems and backing the Greens – Naomi hopes voters can still get rid of Mr Johnson.

She said: “Tactical coordination is the best way to get Boris Johnson out of No 10 simply because it will be the only tool in the arsenal of those who want it.

“Aside from standing for each other in marginal seats, the only thing left under the voting system we’re currently clinging to is advising people on who to vote for.”

Best for Britain will provide a simple system for voters to enter their postcode and be told which party to vote for if they want to stop a Tory candidate.

Naomi added: “We will hold a tactical vote whenever the next general election is held and we are prepared for that, whether in six months or in 24 months.”

A poll yesterday showed the Tories are poised to lose the by-election in Wakefield, West Yorks – trailing Labor by 28% to 48%.

They could also be defeated by the Lib Dems in the competition for Tiverton and Honiton in Devon.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday insisted Mr Johnson would not receive a vote of confidence this week despite growing anger at the Prime Minister from within his own ranks.

When asked if his leader would win such a contest, he replied, “Yes, he will.”

Some Tories want to wait until June 24 – the day after two difficult by-elections – to decide whether to call for a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson.

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