Tory men in suits demand Boris Johnson ‘quit’ after worse result than Theresa May

Boris Johnson is set to convene his cabinet today with his “vision for the coming weeks” after 41% of his own MPs voted no confidence in him – and critics suggested he had only months left on the clock

Boris Johnson at the back entrance of 10 Downing Street this morning
Boris Johnson at the back entrance of 10 Downing Street this morning

Tories lined up today to demand Boris Johnson “quit” after just 59% of his MPs voted him a vote of confidence – a worse result than Theresa May.

The Prime Minister issued a press release at 6am boasting about receiving his cabinet, which he does every Tuesday.

No. 10 said he would “set out his vision for the coming weeks” with new “red meat” laws expected on human rights, an extension of the previously abandoned sales law and a joint speech with Rishi Sunak.

But a number of his critics said he should go after MPs voted 211 to 148 last night to have faith in him. Two prominent critics opined that the prime minister only had a few months in office.

Theresa May won her 2018 no-confidence vote 200 to 117 (63%) and announced her resignation five months later.

Margaret Thatcher won a similar vote in 1990, 204-152 (57%), but still resigned within days after speaking to critics dubbed “the men in gray suits”.

Former Conservative leader William Hague warned: “Although Johnson survived the night, the damage done to his position as Prime Minister is grave.

William Hague told Boris Johnson should ‘focus on getting out’



“Words have been said that cannot be retracted, reports published that cannot be erased and votes cast showing a greater degree of dissent than any Tory leader has ever endured and survived.

“Deep down, he should recognize that and focus on exiting in a way that spares the party and country such anguish and uncertainty.”

Tory critic Tobias Ellwood said in “normal times” the PM would have resigned and Boris Johnson deserved only a “stay of execution” despite “Trump’s attempts to mislead” his allies about the outcome.

Defense Committee chairman Mr Ellwood told Sky News: “If we don’t see improvements reflected in the polls over the next three to four months, the party does what it does.

“It finds ways to keep going, ruthless as that may be. The ball is now in the court of No. 10 to improve.

“I think we’ll talk to the convention in a few months to show that.”

Boris Johnson, pictured at the back entrance of No 10 this morning, will convene his cabinet



Tory critic Tobias Ellwood said in “normal times” the Prime Minister would have resigned and Boris Johnson deserved only a “stay on execution”.


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Mr Ellwood called on Tory ministers to abandon red meat policies such as the privatization of Channel 4 and tackle the crises in the UK.

Tory veteran Sir Roger Gale, a longtime critic of Mr Johnson, told the BBC: “I would be surprised if this Prime Minister was still at 10 Downing Street by the end of the autumn.

“There are significant problems in the near future, there are by-elections, there will be a report from the Privileges Committee after the summer.”

Mr Johnson’s former agent Will Walden told Sky: “This is the worst possible result, barring defeat… He’s going to be very worried.”

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said Boris Johnson “should be honored now” and tweeted: “Last night’s vote is worse in percentage terms than Mrs May’s and on par with Heseltine’s challenge to Mrs Thatcher.”

Theresa May survived her vote with a higher percentage but was still gone within five months

Critics fear the Tories could bomb in two key June 23 by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton – seats they both hold but could lose to Labor and the Lib Dems.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab emphasized that the by-elections were “not a test by fire. There are never by-elections.”

He also dismissed boos for the prime minister and his wife at the weekend’s anniversary celebrations. “As well as the boos, there were also cheers for the Prime Minister,” Mr Raab told LBC.

Mr Raab said: “I think we’ll draw a line after this vote, it was clearly and decisively won.

“We’re going forward to deliver for the people of the country, and so we’re doing what’s right for our constituents.”

He added: “Obviously I think it’s important to listen to those dissenting voices.

The result was announced last night in Parliament by the Backbench 1922 Committee



“But ultimately the Prime Minister clearly won that vote of confidence and now it’s important to come together and focus on not talking to ourselves within Westminster, but coming together, uniting and speaking to the country about its priorities.

“We have a Social Security tax cut in July, I think that’s important for people, and a £400 cash subsidy for utility bills in October.”

The Lib Dems tabled a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister today and demanded that it be debated in Parliament.

Such a vote is not binding and is very unlikely to be debated in the House of Commons as it is just an “early motion” – effectively a petition from MPs.

Nor does it have the same effect as a vote of no confidence in the government.

But Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey urged the government to take time for the debate so as not to look fearful of defeat.

He said: “Every Conservative MP who has a shred of decency must support our motion and finally sack Johnson.

“Boris Johnson may have a narrow majority among Conservative MPs, but it is clear the British public no longer trusts him. MEPs from all parties must have the chance to make that clear.”

The early-day motion said “this House has no confidence in the Prime Minister for breaching the Covid lockdown laws put in place by his government, misleading Parliament and the public about it and failing to take action to save millions of people.” To support families amid a cost of living emergency.”

Meanwhile, Labor will try to force a vote on tightening ethics rules this afternoon after Tory battered MP Owen Paterson.

The party will ask Tory MPs to back a motion to implement a November final report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

The report recommended greater enforcement of the “revolving door” between government and private agencies and “greater independence in the regulation of the ministerial code”.

It comes after Boris Johnson watered down Ministers’ Code to say breaches should not always result in a minister’s resignation.

Labor’s motion calls for the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Steve Barclay to issue a statement on “progress on the implementation of the recommendations by 20 July 2022”.

Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson has downgraded, demeaned and demeaned the standards of public life.

“He’s gone down the drain but it’s now up to Conservative MPs to do the decent thing. It’s time to stop the rot.”

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