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More letters of no confidence as pressure on British PM to quit grows

Saeed Pourreza
Press TV, London

The British parliament is in recess but the letter are coming in- only a week after a damning report by Sue Grey into Downing Street parties and chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 15-billion-pounds to help with the soaring cost of living.

So far this week, three more letters of no confidence including one from former attorney general, Jeremy Wright, who said that with regret he concluded that for the good of this and future governments the PM should step down.

As many as 37 MPs have now publically questioned the prime minister’s position. Out of those, two don’t think he should go yet, eight are on the fence and 27 want him to go now.

For a vote of no confidence in Johnson’s leadership to take place, 54 Conservative MPs must request it. But it’s impossible to know exactly how many of them have sent their letters in because it’s all done in secret. Some MPs are saying they’re going to wait until after the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrated this week before they decide.

There’s also a question mark over what went down during Covid lockdowns in the prime minister’s private apartment at the time... allegations of another gathering on the day of Boris Johnson’s birthday.

But all eyes will be on the outcome of the upcoming by-elections beyond London, following the resignations of two disgraced conservative MPs namely Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 2008 and Tiverton and Honiton Neil Parish for watching pornography in Parliament. If the Tories lose, a ballot on Johnson’s leadership is almost certain.

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