Three Tory MPs have called on Boris Johnson to step down, bringing to 27 the number of those who have called on the Prime Minister to follow up on the partygate scandal.
Prominent Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen has become the 27th MP to join the calls, after one of the Conservative Party’s youngest MPs and the former culture secretary.
The MP for North West Leicestershire has confirmed to his constituents that he has submitted a letter of no confidence since Ms Gray published her report, making him the 27th Tory MP to ask the Prime Minister to resign.
“I believed that at the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war it would be a mistake to organize a leadership race,” he said in a statement.
“However, there have been new revelations over the past week and there is obviously and rightly still a lot of anger about the culture of number 10 during the period of lockout.
“I and my colleagues have tabled a letter of no confidence over the past few days and it may well be that the numbers are about to trigger a vote of no confidence. This would give the parliamentary party the opportunity to register if they believe that Whether Boris Johnson continues to lead the party or not is up to him.”
He was preceded by Elliot Colburn, who emailed his constituents to say that nothing in Sue Gray’s report or the Met Police investigation ‘convinced me that my decision to submit a letter at the 1922 committee (which I did some time ago) was the wrong one”.
The MP for Carshalton and Wallington is one of the youngest Tory MPs and was 26 when elected in 2019. He hinted he wanted the Prime Minister to resign in February.
He is one of a growing number of MPs publicly calling for Mr Johnson’s departure, which helped him secure a large majority when he became Prime Minister in 2019.
Mr Colburn said ‘further questions and revelations have subsequently come to light’ since the Met’s investigation was completed and Sue Gray’s report was published.
“I am particularly appalled by the revelations about the poor treatment of security and cleaning staff at No 10, so my letter remains subject.”
Earlier on Monday, Jeremy Wright, who was Culture Secretary and Attorney General under Theresa May, became the 25th Tory MP to call on the Prime Minister to resign immediately since he was fined by Met Police in April, according to a tally from Sky News.
He released a statement on his website saying that “accountability and restoring faith in good government” required more than apologies and the departure of public servants if the government was to deliver on its election promises.
“It now seems to me that keeping the prime minister in office will hamper these crucial goals,” he wrote.
“I have therefore, with regret, concluded that, for the sake of this government and the future, the Prime Minister should resign.”
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Mr Wright did not reveal whether he had sent a letter of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, who must receive 54 letters before a leadership vote can be called.
However, he is likely to have done so after publicly calling on the Prime Minister to think long and hard.
The trickle of Tory MPs calling for Mr Johnson’s resignation has continued steadily since the publication of the Sue Gray report last Wednesday, with many questioning his explanation that he did not see the rallies as parties and simply saw them as professional events.
‘Clear evidence that PM was negligent’
A former barrister and MP for Kenilworth and Southam since 2005, Mr Wright previously said Mr Johnson should leave if it turns out he knowingly attended parties breaking the rules.
Like many Tories, he said he would make a judgment after Met Police and Sue Gray released their investigations into the events, the first of which ended two weeks ago.
In his statement, Mr Wright said he had taken some time to reflect on the findings of the inquiries and believed the Prime Minister did not knowingly mislead Parliament when he said he had no not breaking the law.
He said he admitted the Prime Minister was unaware at the time that he was breaking the rules for the impromptu birthday for which he was fined.
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But, he said, it is “not just the Prime Minister’s own legal culpability” that is relevant, as Mr Johnson has been questioned in Parliament about others breaking the rules.
Mr Johnson said all guidelines were followed – but the Met and Ms Gray found otherwise.
Mr Wright said the debate over whether Mr Johnson had misled Parliament and the party’s investigations had a “corrosive effect”.
“In my opinion, there is clear evidence that he was negligent,” he wrote.
“I believe he could and should have done more to ensure that the assurances he had received, and which he was in turn giving to Parliament, were indeed correct.”
Tory MP Nickie Aiken said Mr Johnson would have to submit to a vote of no confidence.
Although she did not explicitly call on the Prime Minister to resign or confirm that she had written a letter calling for a vote of no confidence, she criticized what happened in Downing Street during the COVID restrictions in 2020 and 2021.
The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster said the events had “damaged confidence in the government and in the Conservative Party”.
“If I were in the same position, I would stand in the Conservative Parliamentary Party for a vote of confidence, end this speculation to allow the government to continue to address the challenges facing the country, including the cost crisis. of life .”
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