Officials from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party expect a challenge to his leadership this week and have cast a vote on Wednesday. Sunday Times Newspaper reported.
A growing number of Conservative lawmakers have said they have lost confidence in Johnson’s government over the “Partygate” scandal, with some saying they have submitted letters to officially call for a trust vote in their leader.
At least 54 Conservative members of parliament are required to formally request a trust vote to the chairman of the party’s 1922 committee in order to trigger one. Letters are confidential so only the chairman of the committee knows how many have been submitted.
So far more than 25 MPs have made their letters public and Times Said party officials and rebel MPs believe they are close to the threshold of 54, a belief that significant numbers have already been passed.
“The executives of the 1922 executive have already fixed Wednesday as the day of the leadership vote,” the paper reported.
Johnson’s Conservatives are defending two parliamentary seats in by-elections later this month after incumbent lawmakers were forced to resign – one for viewing pornography in parliament and the other after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a boy. Afterwards.
A poll for the paper found that the opposition Labor Party was ahead of the Conservatives by 20 points in one of these.
Asked whether there would be a vote of confidence in Johnson this week, Transport Minister Grant Shapps told BBC TV: “No, I don’t,” adding that governments often faced poor turnout in the midterm.
He said Johnson would win any vote.
Johnson has repeatedly apologized for his conduct after an official report found he and Downing Street officials broke strict laws his government enacted during the pandemic, fueling alcoholism at the height of the lockdown. held meetings.
The public scoffed at her arrival at the Thanksgiving ceremony for Queen Elizabeth on Friday.
Johnson has said he will not resign because the government faces too many challenges and will not be responsible for going away.