The chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, has informed MPs that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a confidence vote by members of the ruling Conservative Party later on Monday.
In a note to Conservative legislators, he said, “The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party demanding a vote of confidence in the head of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.”
“According to the rules, a ballot will be held today, Monday, June 6th, between 1800 and 2000 — details to be confirmed.” Following that, the votes will be counted. At a later date, an announcement will be made.”
Johnson, who was appointed prime minister in 2019, has been under increasing pressure because he has been unable to move on from a scathing revelation about parties hosted in his Downing Street office and apartment during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Dozens of Conservative lawmakers have expressed fear that Johnson, 57, has lost his authority to manage the United Kingdom, which is on the verge of recession, rising gasoline and food costs, and traffic havoc in the capital London due to strike action.
Johnson and his government have pushed MPs to move on since the release of a damning investigation into the so-called ‘partygate’ incident, which revealed alcohol-fueled gatherings at the heart of power while Britain was on coronavirus lockdowns.
After the parties’ findings, Steve Barclay, the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, was appointed chief of staff at Downing Street, urging legislators not to “spend the remaining half of the parliament on distractions over leadership.”
“We will be sending exactly the reverse message if we continue to divert our trajectory as a Conservative Party — and, by extension, the government and the country — into a protracted leadership dispute,” he wrote on the Conservative website.