Under Tory party rules, a vote of confidence in the leader must be held if 15 percent of MPs submit letters to the chairman of the backbench 1922 committee calling for one. It means Mr Johnson will face a vote on his leadership if 54 of his colleagues send in letters to Sir Graham Brady, who has headed up the committee since 2020. He also previously held the position from 2016 to 2019.
Up to 30 Conservative parliamentarians have criticised the Prime Minister in the wake of the Sue Gray report into illegal lockdown gatherings in Downing Street. But many have stopped short of confirming if they have submitted a no confidence letter.
Leading Brexiteer and former loyalist Dame Andrea Leadsom today attacked Mr Johnson for his “unacceptable failings of leadership”.
However, she failed to confirm if she had sent in a letter, simply saying: “Each of my Conservative colleagues and I must now decide individually on what is the right course of action that will restore confidence in our Government.”
Letters are anonymous meaning it is impossible to tell exactly how many Tory MPs have written to Sir Graham. The Daily Express has compiled the definitive list of those who have gone public about putting in a letter.
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Tory MPs known to have formally submitted a request for a vote of confidence in Boris Johnson
Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney
Aaron Bell, MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North-West Leicestershire
Elliot Colburn, MP for Carshalton and Wallington
Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East
Sir Roger Gale, MP for Thanet
Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon
Mark Harper, MP for Forest of Dean
Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton
Anthony Mangnall, MP for Totnes
Nigel Mills, MP for Amber Valley
Sir Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst
Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North
John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle
Sir Gary Streeter, MP for South Devon