Former minister Sir Bob Neill has change into the twelfth Conservative MP to submit a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson’s management. , declaring that he didn’t discover the prime minister’s explanations over lockdown-breaching events “credible”.
The Bromley and Chislehurst MP mentioned that this week’s Partygate report by senior civil servant Sue Grey had uncovered “wholly unacceptable” behaviour inside 10 Downing Avenue which had undermined belief in authorities.
And he mentioned: “Belief is crucial commodity in politics, however these occasions have undermined belief in not simply the workplace of the prime minister, however within the political course of itself. To rebuild that belief and transfer on, a change in management is required.”
The chair of the backbench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady should name a vote on Mr Johnson’s management if he receives 54 no-confidence letters, with the PM then needing the assist of half his MPs – some 180 votes – to carry onto his job.
Neill’s intervention got here scorching on the heels of the resignation of Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes as ministerial aide within the Dwelling Workplace.
Mr Holmes, who was the primary member of the federal government to give up since Wednesday’s publication of the complete Grey report, mentioned that “a poisonous tradition appeared to have permeated No 10.” However he didn’t clarify whether or not he needed Mr Johnson to go or had written a letter to Sir Graham.
One other 4 MPs – Julian Sturdy, John Baron, David Simmonds and Stephen Hammond – have referred to as for the PM’s resignation for the reason that report’s publication, whereas one other, Guildford’s Angela Richardson, has mentioned that she would resign if she confronted comparable criticism.
Sir Bob, a barrister who at the moment chairs the Commons justice committee, mentioned: “We can not have one rule for these working in authorities and a special one for everybody else. These of us who set the foundations have a selected accountability to stay to them ourselves.
“Sue Grey’s report has highlighted a sample of wholly unacceptable behaviour, unfold over quite a few months, by some working in 10 Downing Avenue, together with breaking guidelines that precipitated actual ache and hardship for a lot of, and which the federal government, and we as parliamentarians, have been telling others to dwell by.
“I’ve listened rigorously to the reasons the prime minister has given, in parliament and elsewhere, and, regrettably, don’t discover his assertions to be credible.
“That’s the reason, with a heavy coronary heart, I submitted a letter of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady on Wednesday afternoon.
“Belief is crucial commodity in politics, however these occasions have undermined belief in not simply the workplace of the Prime Minister, however within the political course of itself. To rebuild that belief and transfer on, a change in management is required.”