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Live updates: Boris Johnson vote of confidence

Dozens of Tory MPs have called on Johnson to step down or expressed anger at his leadership in recent weeks, prompting Monday’s vote.

Another lawmaker publicly declared his opposition to the prime minister on Monday, moments before the vote was announced.

Jesse Norman said Johnson’s response to Sue Gray’s report on parties breaking lockdown in her government was “grotesque”.

But his letter, which he shared online, focused primarily on Johnson’s other policies – demonstrating that opposition to Johnson’s premiership runs far deeper than the Partygate scandal.

Norman said a breach of the Northern Ireland protocol, agreed with the EU during Brexit talks, would be “economically very damaging” and “reckless”.

He added that the government’s new policy of sending some asylum seekers to Rwanda is “ugly, likely to be counterproductive and of dubious legality”. And he launched a separate plan to privatize Britain’s Channel 4 television network.

“Under you the government seems to lack a sense of mission,” Norman wrote in a damning statement.

“For you to vote for this charade and stay in power not only insults the electorate…it makes a decisive change of government much more likely in the next election.”

His conclusion mirrors that of many MPs, who have lost faith in Johnson to win the next general election. The Conservatives have trailed Labor in opinion polls for several months.


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