A growing number of Tory MPs have publicly called on Boris Johnson to resign over his handling of the partygate scandal.
Some have confirmed that they sent a letter of censure to the Prime Minister to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Conservative backbenchers.
Conservative party the rules state that at least 15% of Tory MPs must write a letter of censure to make a challenge to the leadership possible.
This currently equates to 54 MPs having to submit a letter, but as they are delivered confidentially the only person who ever knows how many letters there are is Sir Graham himself.
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Theresa May faced a leadership vote after only around 24 MPs publicly said they had sent letters to Sir Graham, but as she needed 48 to trigger a vote, that meant only half revealed their intentions publicly.
Sky News is keeping track of Tory MPs who have publicly questioned the Prime Minister’s future since he was fined by Met Police in April for breaking lockdown rules.
Below is a table of all Tory MPs who have spoken out publicly against the Prime Minister since he was fined in April. Below is what some of the prominent curators have said.
The prominent Brexiteer, who backed Mr Johnson to be leader in 2019, revealed in January he had submitted a letter of no confidence as revelations from the party escalated.
He expressed his displeasure with the prime minister following the Met Police investigation, but said now was not the time for him to leave as it would play “into Putin’s hand”.
As part of the admission of MPs in 2019 that helped Mr Johnson secure a large majority, Caroline Nokes confirmed after Met Police fined the Prime Minister that his letter was submitted “a while ago long time”.
The former Northern Ireland secretary said in April that if she had been a minister found guilty of breaking the law, “I would tender my resignation”. She did not confirm sending a letter.
A staunch critic of the Prime Minister, the Chairman of the Defense Committee confirmed he had sent a letter and said after the Met’s fine: ‘I think the Prime Minister should back down.
Mr Gary Streeter
The veteran backbencher submitted a letter in February and confirmed in April that the situation remained “unchanged”.
A 2019 leadership candidate and former Conservative chief whip said in April: ‘I no longer think he is worthy of the great office he holds.
Veteran Tory, former home secretary and ex-Brexit secretary submitted a letter and said after telling the Prime Minister in the Commons ‘in the name of God go ahead’ he has not changed his position.
Another high-profile Brexiteer, Steve Baker, backed Mr Johnson in 2019 and previously submitted a letter of no confidence to Theresa May in 2018.
The MP, known for his ability to campaign from the backbench, said in April he had submitted a letter and said: ‘The Prime Minister should now be long gone’.
Vice-president of the 1922 Committee, the former teacher confirms having submitted a letter in April. He said: “I cannot come to terms with the Prime Minister’s continued leadership.”
The veteran MP, former chief whip and former international development secretary backed Mr Johnson’s leadership in 2019, but after calling for his resignation in January he said his view ‘hasn’t really changed “.
Another long-serving MP, the former education minister, said in January that to “restore confidence, you have to change the prime minister”. He said his “position is unchanged”.
Sir Roger Galé
The MP for North Thanet since 1983 was a vocal critic of Boris Johnson before he became Prime Minister.
He told Sky News: ‘I think the Prime Minister has misled the House, it’s a matter of resignation.
Minister of Health under Ms May and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, the Remain supporter said after Sue Gray’s report he had submitted a letter.
Sir Bob Neill
The chairman of the House of Commons justice committee has revealed he submitted a letter after Sue Gray’s report, saying he “cannot find his [the PM’s] assertions, either that no rules were broken, or that he was unaware of the violations, are credible”.
As part of the 2019 admission which helped the PM win a large majority, the Rutland and Melton MP was named leader of the ‘pork pie plot’ of 2019 MPs hostile to the PM because of partygate.
In May, she said the prime minister “still doesn’t trust me”.
The former culture secretary and attorney general under Theresa May said on May 30 that he had carefully considered the Met and Sue Gray inquiries and the Prime Minister’s response.
“I have therefore, with regret, concluded that, for the sake of this government and the future, the Prime Minister should resign,” he said.
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