A group of Conservative MPs are said to be conspiring in a scheme dubbed the “pork pie plot” to oust Boris Johnson over the Downing Street party scandal.
Based on walkie talkie, with up to 20 MPs elected in 2019, “many representing former ‘Red Wall’ seats in the heart of Labor, met to discuss his fate” yesterday.
The newspaper’s political reporter Christopher Hope tweeted that the rebels were “planning to send letters of no confidence” to the prime minister today, which could increase the balance needed for a vote. One of the MPs told Hope it could be Johnson’s “D-Day”, adding: “His time has passed.”
Johnson looked “defeated” yesterday as he appeared for the first time in public in almost a week, in an interview with Sky News, said Beth Rigby of the television station. The Prime Minister apologized again for the two lockout parties held in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral last April.
While several MPs and ministers have defended their party leadership, an insider told Rigby: “The question is when will they decide enough and how quickly they want it.”
The number of Johnson’s political enemies appears to be growing amid reports of the “pork pie conspiracy” meeting, so-called because it is said to be chaired by Alicia Kearns, the MP for Melton, although “she denies leading any conspiracy”, The Telegraph said.
The conspiracy claims come after Johnson’s former top aide accused him of lying. Dominic Cummings said the Prime Minister had been warned not to attend the garden party “bring your own wine” at No 10 and “will swear this is what happened”.
Cummings, who has admitted wanting Johnson to leave office, claims he personally warned his then-boss against the party, telling him: “You have to get hold of this madhouse.”
ITVRobert Peston’s says that an “explosive” email mentioned by Cummings on his blog could prove to be “essential evidence” in To sue Grayof the investigation into Downing Street blocking parties. Reportedly sent by an unnamed senior official to party organizer Martin Reynolds to warn against the No.10 gathering, the email could help the Gray civil servant decide if Johnson was “intentionally breaking lockdown rules” door on May 20 and whether the prime minister has committed the cardinal political sin of falsifying Parliament”.
If he is found to have deceived parliament, political tradition – and the code of conduct – will call for his resignation. But his own MPs could also call a vote of no confidence against him.
Within the Conservative Party, a vote of no confidence is triggered if 15% of the party’s MPs – which will be 54 of the 260 Tory MPs in the current government – write to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the Commission. committee in 1922, to request a move. Under new rules introduced over Christmas, MPs no longer need to “hand deliver” the letters to Brady but can instead email them to him.
Only Brady knows how many letters have been sent, keeping the tally secret until the threshold is reached.
According to party rules, a simple majority is needed for the Prime Minister to hold the top spot – but he will be ousted if more than half of MPs vote against him.
If he survives the vote, another vote of no confidence cannot be held against him for at least another year. If he does not, a leadership contest will be triggered, in which Johnson will not be able to stand.
A long list of Tory candidates will be reduced to just two by MPs, before 100,000 powerful Conservatives hold a one-member one-vote election to choose their new leader. – who will also become the next Prime Minister of the United States of America.
The Seven Tories have publicly called for Johnson’s resignation, but the estimate of the number of letters Brady received is “extremely speculative”. BBCIain Watson. The letter could also be retracted, he added, so Johnson’s performance at PMQ today, and “later the tone of his response to Sue Gray, could tip the balance back in favor.” for him”.
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