Boris Johnson faces growing Partygate revolt as third Tory in one day submits letter


Sir Gary Streeter has been quite critical of the Prime Minister. Last summer Sir Gary described the PM as ‘absolutely shambolic’. At the time, no Downing Street lockdown parties had been revealed.

Veteran backbencher Sir Gary Streeter has become the third Tory MP to submit a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson today.

The MP for South West Devon said he had not “come to this decision lightly” but admitted he could not “reconcile the pain and sacrifice” Brits had made during lockdown as Downing Street officials partied during lockdown.

Mr Johnson faced his first blow this morning as senior Tory Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Defense Committee, publicly confirmed he had sent his no confidence letter to the 1922 Committee.

Hours later, Anthony Mangnall, MP for Totnes tweeted “standards in public life matter”, as he confirmed he had submitted his letter.

Finally, Sir Gary tweeted tonight: “I previously made it clear in response to the many e-mails I have received about the parties in Downing Street that appeared to break Lockdown rules, that the wise thing to do was to await the report from Sue Gray.

Former Cabinet Minister Gary Streeter has become the latest Tory MP urging the PM to quit
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“This has now been received (albeit in truncated form) and I have made my decision.

“I cannot reconcile the pain and sacrifice of the vast majority of the British Public during lockdown with the attitude and activities of those working in Downing Street.”

The Prime Minister is believed to have attended as many as six lockdown parties which are now being probed by the Met Police.

A number of gatherings the PM attended in person are not being probed by detectives, including a No 10 Christmas quiz in 2020 and a photo of a gathering in the Downing Street garden with cheese and wine in May 2020.

Tobias Ellwood is one of the most senior Tories yet to call for a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson
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But he faces being interviewed by police – and potentially fined for breaking Covid rules – for several parties that he was at himself.

In a tense PMQs session today, Labor leader Keir Starmer blasted Mr Johnson and told MPs: “The Prime Minister might want to sharpen how he answers questions under interview – he’s going to need it in the next few weeks.”

Anthony Mangnall, MP for Totnes said Boris Johnson’s behavior is ‘overshadowing’ good work elsewhere
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Despite this the PM received huge cheers in the Commons, cheers which could make these letters of no confidence all the more surprising.

Their calls for a no confidence vote heightens the danger of 54 MPs also submitting letters to the 1922 Committee.

Mr Mangnall was elected in the 2019 general election, making him part of the intake called the ‘2019ers’.

Recently there has been growing unease and disquiet amongst the newest intake with Aaron Bell asking Mr Johnson in the Commons: “Does the Prime Minister think I’m a fool?” on Monday.

Last week David Davis famously quoted Leopold Amery’s quote to Neville Chamberlain to call the PM to quit
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Christian Wakeford, who recently defected from the Conservative Party to Labor was also part of the 2019ers intake, and of course Alicia Kearns who was said to be a key figure in the ‘pork pie plot’ to oust Mr Johnson.

Veterans David Davis and Andrew Mitchell have publicly said the PM should go, but Mr Davis confirmed he is yet to actually submit a letter.

In the Commons on Monday, Tory Grandee Andrew Mitchell told the PM he no longer “enjoys my support.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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