Boris Johnson to Face No-Confidence Vote Over Lockdown Parties
David Cameron says he would not rule out a no-confidence vote over lockdown parties but it is not the first time this has been done. The 1922 Committee organises a secret ballot of MPs and a majority of 180 is needed to remove the current Prime Minister. The Prime Minister can remain in office for up to 12 months without facing a no-confidence vote. The 1922 Committee has always been a popular method of toppling Tory leaders and choosing their successors. Despite this, the Conservative prime minister is still vulnerable to pressure from outside and is currently under scrutiny over his comments.
MPs in Westminster are calling for Boris Johnson to face a no-confidence vote over the scandal surrounding the Prime Minister’s lockdown parties. A former cabinet minister and leadership contender has called for him to step down and resign. Davis says that he has spent months defending Johnson and insists the wing of his party is still behind him. There is also a parliamentary inquiry into the events surrounding the May 2020 lockdown party.
The parliamentary process of triggering a no-confidence vote for the PM has already begun. Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, must receive letters of no confidence from fifteen Conservative MPs. That’s a critical number. Anne Marie Morris has lost her whip for voting against the government. That means a no-confidence vote will likely be called for soon. So far, no one has written a letter of no confidence.
The government is considering a No-confidence motion and the Prime Minister has rejected the idea. The Conservatives have been losing momentum in the polls since the Brexit referendum, and it has been reported that a vote of no confidence could happen this autumn. However, many Conservative MPs have suggested Rishi Sunak should take the place of Johnson. While the UK remains in a no-confidence motion, the Prime Minister should not lose his job.
The Conservative Party has already rejected a no-confidence motion after the publication of the report. The no-confidence petition has already been signed by more than a dozen Conservative MPs. Then the Prime Minister is forced to accept the report if the findings show that he did not break the law. Its members also rejected the no-confidence motion, as it did not lead to an election.
There are some concerns about the lockdown parties. While the U.K. is in a no-confidence motion, Johnson has defended the party and its organizers. But the government is facing a “working day” if he is unable to win a vote. The prime minister has to answer questions from lawmakers, and the parliament will make the decision. If he fails to do so, he will probably be forced to resign from his post.