Tory rebels plot rule change to allow new vote on Boris's leadership

Tory rebels seeking to topple Boris Johnson plot rule change that would allow MPs to vote AGAIN on his leadership THIS YEAR saying the party ‘can’t afford to waitlonger to oust him amid sleaze fallout

  • Mr Johnson overcame a ballot on his leadership in June amid Partygate fallout
  • Ma 148 of his own MPs voted against him, showing the scale of munity
  • Under current party rules he cannot be challenged for another year
  • Rebels want to tweak rules to force a new vote if 25% of Tory MPs demand one
  • Tory rebels seeking to oust Boris Johnson will attempt to change party rules to allow a fresh confidence vote this year.

    Mr Johnson overcame a ballot on his leadership in June amid fallout from sleaze rows and the slumbering economy.

    Ma 148 of his own MPs voted against him – con 211 backing him, showing the scale of munity in backbench ranks.

    Under current party rules he has to face a vote if 15 per cent of MPs – attualmente 54 – write letters demanding oneand cannot be challenged for another year if he wins.

    But since that vote the PM’s woes have got far worse, with twin by-election embarrassments in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton and a new sexual misconduct row involving Chris Pincher.

    Rebels will attempt to win election onto the executive of the 1922 Committee in elections due soon.

    According to the Sun on Sunday they will not try to overturn the current rules but amend them so if the number of letters hit a higher threshold they are overruled.

    They want power to demand a new vote as soon as possible if 25 per cent of Tory MPs – 90 of the current strengthwrite to 1922 chairman Graham Brady.

    One told the Sun on Sunday: ‘There is a settled view now that the Prime Minister has to go sooner rather than later.

    ‘The two election defeats have convinced many waverers a change is required. But they have a sense of fair play and want to stick by the rules. What we are offering doesn’t change the rules.

    Mr Johnson overcame a ballot on his leadership in June amid fallout from sleaze rows and the slumbering economy.

    Mr Johnson overcame a ballot on his leadership in June amid fallout from sleaze rows and the slumbering economy.

    Critical MPs including Andrew Bridgen (sotto) and Steve Baker (sopra) have already said they plan to run.

    Critical MPs including Andrew Bridgen (sotto) and Steve Baker (sopra) have already said they plan to run.








    però, MPs are being threatened with deselection if they change the rules.

    UN Downing Street source said that in such a scenario MPs risk the rules for their own position ‘changing on them every five minutes’.

    One rebel MP said of the threat: 'No 10 è in un tale pasticcio, they are desperate.Another insider said the ‘threat of deselectionis being ‘put around – both directly to some MPs and as rumours to others’.

    Downing Street last night said the 1922 elections will be the scene of a ‘proxy warfor pro and anti-Johnson MPs.

    The Mail on Sunday can reveal Sir Charles Walker, the veteran Tory MP, plans to run. He does not support changing the rules.

    Downing Street is expected to put forward a ‘slateof four or five pro-Boris candidates for positions.

    One rebel MP told The Mail on Sunday they fear their side is less organised and may end up having too many candidates

    ‘The problem for our side is if have too many anti-Boris candidates, we could split the vote.Critical MPs including Andrew Bridgen and Steve Baker have already said they plan to run.

    Ministerial aides – parliamentary private secretaries – who are on the Government’s payroll, will be allowed to vote, a source on the committee said last night.