Graham Brady confirms Boris Johnson will face no-confidence vote
After three years in Downing Street and numerous scandals Boris Johnson is finally facing a vote of no confidence after the threshold of names from the Tory party was met.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, said in a statement: “The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.
“In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 today Monday 6th June — details to be confirmed.
“The votes will be counted immediately afterwards. An announcement will be made at a time to be advised. Arrangements for the announcement will be released later today.”
In response, Downing Street said Boris Johnson “welcomes the opportunity to make his case to MPs”, with a No 10 spokeswoman saying tonight’s vote was “a chance to end months of speculation and allow the Government to draw a line and move on”
A No 10 spokeswoman added: “Tonight is a chance to end months of speculation and allow the Government to draw a line and move on, delivering on the people’s priorities.
“The PM welcomes the opportunity to make his case to MPs and will remind them that when they’re united and focused on the issues that matter to voters there is no more formidable political force.”
As you can imagine, given the popularity of Johnson, the response to this news has been greeted with much enthusiasm by his critics on social media.
\u201cAfter Graham Brady receives the 54 letters required to trigger a confidence vote in Boris Johnson, Nadine Dorries insists most of them are letters of support.\u201d
— Have I Got News For You (@Have I Got News For You)
\u201cHas anyone checked on Nadine Dorries to see if she's ok?\u201d
— Jack Duncan \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@Jack Duncan \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08)
\u201cNEW: Graham Brady confirms I now have to work on my day off\u201d
\u201c\ud83d\ude0e Win-Win \ud83d\ude0e\n\nEither they remove Boris Johnson from office, or a majority of Conservative MPs go on record as supporting a criminal prime minister! \ud83d\ude0d\n#VONC\n\nhttps://t.co/9T5CcFZmFm\u201d