Well over a dozen MPs have called for Boris Johnson to go, including those who spoke out before he got a Partygate fine from police and haven’t retracted their comments. Here’s the full list
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Boris Johnson has so far survived after Scotland Yard fined him £50 for attending his own illegal birthday party during lockdown.
Some of the Tories who previously called for him to quit even with drawn their pleas – for now – saying it would be irresponsible during the Ukraine war.
But others have come forward to demand the PM is ousted after becoming the first ever to be fined for breaking the criminal law.
And a senior Conservative has warned rebel Tories plotting to oust the PM over Partygate will regroup when they return to Westminster on Tuesday.
Ex-International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell signaled a renewed revolt against Mr Johnson’s premiership after the Easter recess.
Mr Mitchell stood by his previous calls for the Tory leader to quit over lockdown-busting bashes in Downing Street.
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“I haven’t changed the view I expressed,” he said. “But Parliament is in recess so colleagues have not had a chance to discuss the fact that the Prime Minister has been fined for committing a criminal offense and when Parliament returns no doubt we will look at these matters.”
It comes as an Electoral Calculus/Find Out Now poll predicts a 5% swing from the Tories to Labor at the May 5 local elections – and the Conservatives losing 810 seats.
Other pollsters poured scorn on the figures and senior Labor MP Chris Bryant said: “Nonsense. This is just expectation management.”
Mr Johnson will face a dispatch box mauling next week when he comes to Parliament to explain his actions following the police fine.
It takes 54 letters of no confidence from Tory MPs to trigger a leadership contest, so we are still a long way off.
Here’s the full list of Tory MPs who have publicly called for Boris Johnson to go – either beforehand or since the PM got fined by the Met Police.
Since his Partygate fine
Karen Bradley: Ex-Cabinet minister said “law breaking in Downing Street is unforgivable”. While the Ukraine war means MPs should “act responsibly”, she added: “If I had been a minister found to have broken the laws that I passed, I would be tendering my resignation now.”
Tobias Ellwood: Defense Committee chief sent a no-confidence letter in February, and after the fine added Boris Johnson may have to call a confidence vote in himself. He dismissed claims a leadership contest could not be held during the war in Ukraine.
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Neill Hudson: Said it is not “prudent or responsible” for the PM to quit right now, but he must “outline a timetable for an orderly transition” once the Ukraine war recedes. He added: “The fact that the law makers went on to break those very laws they brought in to keep us all safe is deeply damaging for our democracy.”
Nigel Mills: Became first Tory MP to break ranks after Boris Johnson was fined, saying: “I don’t think a prime minister can survive or should survive breaking the rules he put in place… I don’t think his position is tenable, in my view .”
Andrew Mitchell: Ex-minister said he “hasn’t changed” his February view that the PM “no longer enjoys my support”. I have added: “The Prime Minister has been fined for committing a criminal offence”.
Caroline Noks: Former minister is understood to be standing by her comments earlier this year, that Boris Johnson ‘did a fantastic job’ in 2019 but ‘now, regretfully, he looks like a liability. He is damaging the entire Conservative brand.’
Craig Whittaker: Said: “I not only think that the Prime Minister should resign but I also think that Rishi Sunak should resign as well. Through this whole process it hasn’t been particularly clear that the Prime Minister broke any rules – until of course he’s been issued with a [fine].”
Lord Wolfson: Not an MP, but given a special mention because the Lords Justice minister quit his job in protest. In a scathing letter he told Boris Johnson “there was repeated rule breaking, and breaches of the criminal law, in Downing Street”, adding: “It is not just a question of what happened in Downing Street, or your own conduct. It is also, and perhaps more so, the official response to what took place.”
Earlier this year – and haven’t retracted
Peter Aldos: Sent a no-confidence letter and urged the PM to go after a “great deal of soul-searching.” Added: “I believe that this is in the best interests of the country, the Government and the Conservative Party.”
Aaron Bell: 2019 MP said he obeyed Covid laws to attend his gran’s May 2020 funeral before asking: “Does the Prime Minister think I’m a fool?” in a charged PMQs speech. He confirmed he had submitted a no confidence letter in the PM.
Nick Gibb: Long-time former minister said “to restore trust, we need to change the Prime Minister”, contrasting Allegra Stratton’s resignation for a party she didn’t attend with the PM’s response to one he did. “It is hard to see how it can be the case that the prime minister told the truth,” he added.
Tim Loughton: Said PM’s position had become “untenable” and his “resignation is the only way to bring this whole unfortunate episode to an end.” He added: “Frankly the issue for me is not how many sausage rolls or glasses of prosecco… [it’s] the way that he has handled the mounting revelations.”
Anthony Mangnall: 2019 MP said Boris Johnson’s “mistruths” were “overshadowing” good work elsewhere, tweeting: “Standards in public life matter. At this time I can no longer support the PM.”
Sir Gary Streeter: Veteran confirmed he had sent a no-confidence letter, saying: “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.”
William Wrag: Public Administration Committee chairman said the PM’s position was “untenable” even before Sue Gray’s report was published. He called for a no confidence vote and accused Tory chiefs of ‘blackmailing’ MPs who wanted to join him.
Earlier this year – but have U-turned for now…
Andrew Bridgen: MP said in January: “If Boris truly loves our country, our democracy and our party he should go now with some semblance of grace.” He withdrew his letter from him in March, saying it would be an “indulgence” during the Ukraine war, but has since added: “This is not the end of this matter.”
Dave Davis: In January ex-Cabinet minister quoted words that helped oust Neville Chamberlain: “In the name of God, go.” But weeks later he U-turned and told the Evening Standard that “now is not the time to talk about it” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Sir Roger Gale: Veteran backbencher confirmed he had submitted a no-confidence letter in January, branding Mr Johnson a “dead man walking”. But he later said it is not the time to unseat the Prime Minister due to the war in Ukraine.
Douglas Ross: Scottish Tory leader demanded PM quit in January, saying: “I don’t think his position is tenable and he does need to resign.” But he withdrew his letter to the 1922 Committee in March saying the focus should be on the war in Ukraine.