Tory MP who voted to oust Boris Johnson says after confidence vote: ‘It’s not over’

Philip Dunne said he voted for “a new vision for the party and a new level of competence at the heart of government”. Tobias Ellwood, who called for the Prime Minister to resign, called the vote a “stay of execution”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses his cabinet
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses his cabinet

The Tory party was locked in another bitter civil war today after Boris Johnson’s narrow confidence win.

The prime minister tried to quell the violent revolt when he held a cabinet meeting at No 10, telling ministers: “We are now in a position to draw a line under the issues our opponents want to talk about.”

But the party leader’s backbenchers signaled renewed rebellion to try to oust Mr Johnson from Downing Street.

Former Minister Philip Dunne announced that he had voted for “a new vision for the party and a new level of competence at the heart of government”.

He added: “It won’t happen for now but we’ll have to see what happens in the coming weeks and months. It’s not over.”

Philip Dunne said bid to oust Boris Johnson is ‘not over’



Tobias Ellwood said confidence vote was ‘far from a definitive outcome’


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Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons Defense Select Committee and who has called for Mr Johnson’s resignation, believed the PM would leave before the autumn and branded the 211-148 confidence vote a “stay of execution”.

“I think we’re talking about months until the convention,” he warned.

“This is anything but a definitive result – it’s not a defeat, but it’s not a win either.

“So at the moment I accept the democratic result and encourage all colleagues to do the same.

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“But 41% are a significant segment of MPs who now need to be involved in shaping the future of the party.”

Veteran MP Sir Roger Gale predicted more power struggles as the Commons Privileges Committee reported on whether Mr Johnson had lied to MPs about Partygate.

He said: “I don’t think he should lead the party to the next general election and I think there are other elephant traps on the way – two by-elections are coming up, the Privileges Committee reports in the autumn.”

However, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab claimed: “I think we are drawing a line after this vote, it was clearly and decisively won.”

Dominic Raab at the Downing Street cabinet meeting


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Almost all cabinet ministers tweeted their support for Mr Johnson, although there were proposals some may still have voted against in the secret ballot.

Efforts to paint the revolt as a Remainer conspiracy foundered when pro-Brexit MP Dehenna Davison revealed she had voted to oust Mr Johnson.

“It’s not a decision I made lightly,” she said.

“I voted against the prime minister in a balanced way.”

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