Leicestershire MP files letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson leadership

A Leicestershire MP has become the latest Conservative Party politician to submit a no-confidence letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Andrew Bridgen confirmed he has joined other colleagues to table a letter, adding that “there may well be a chance the figures are close to triggering a vote” on the Prime Minister’s future.

In a statement emailed to his constituents in North West Leicestershire on Monday (30 May), Mr Bridgen said: “My thoughts on this issue are very similar to those of a few months ago. I believed that in the early stages of the Russia-Ukraine war it would be wrong to hold a leadership competition.

“However, there have been further revelations over the past week and there is obviously and rightly much anger still to be felt about the culture at Number 10 during lockdown. Myself and colleagues have tabled a no-confidence letter over the past few days, and the numbers may well be close to triggering a no-confidence vote.

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“This would give the parliamentary group a chance to register whether or not they believe Boris Johnson is the person who will continue to lead the party.”

He originally submitted a letter in January 2022, but withdrew it in March, arguing it was inappropriate to hold a vote of confidence amid fighting in Ukraine. It comes as No10 is under renewed pressure to reveal whether Mr Johnson’s wife has thrown a second lockdown party at the Downing Street flat, with more Tory MPs urging the Prime Minister to step down.

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Earlier in the day, Tory MP Nickie Aiken suggested Mr Johnson should undergo a confidence vote to end “speculation” about whether he should step down as Prime Minister. In a letter posted to social media by Telegraph reporter Dominic Penna, the MP for the City of London and Westminster said the Sue Gray report was not “comfortable reading”, reports PA.

Conservative MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Elliot Colburn, also confirmed today that he had tabled a letter asking for a vote. Conservative former minister Jeremy Wright called for the PM’s resignation in a statement citing the “real and lasting damage” caused by Partygate.

Although the actual number of letters submitted is currently known only to the chairman of the 1922 committee, Sir Graham Brady, some 24 MPs have publicly called for the Prime Minister’s resignation.

If and when the actual figure reaches 54 – a figure equivalent to 15% of the parliamentary Conservative Party – it would trigger a vote on whether Mr Johnson should remain in office.

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