Boris Johnson to face vote of no confidence from Tory colleagues

Boris Johnson to face vote of no confidence from Tory colleagues
# 06 June 2022 12:10 (UTC +04:00)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a vote of no confidence on Monday evening local time, the Conservative Party has confirmed, APA reports citing ABC News.

Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee that represents the Tory parliamentary rank and file to the party leader, confirmed the vote in a note to Conservative MPs.

"The threshold of 15 percent [54] of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded," he wrote.

"In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 today Monday 6th June [3 am to 5 am Tuesday AEST] — details to be confirmed. The votes will be counted immediately afterward. An announcement will be made at a time to be advised."

A spokesperson for Mr. Johnson said the vote would provide a chance to end months of speculation about his leadership.

"Tonight is a chance to end months of speculation and allow the government to draw a line and move on," the spokesperson said in a statement.

"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."

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss — who has been considered a potential successor to Mr. Johnson — said she would back the Prime Minister "100 percent" and encouraged colleagues to do the same.

"He has delivered on COVID recovery and supporting Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. He has apologized for mistakes made. We must now focus on economic growth," Ms. Truss said on Twitter.