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Another Tory MP gives no-confidence letter to Boris Johnson

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Andrew Bridgne and Boris Johnson's Comp

Andrew Bridghan cited ‘further revelations in the past week’ as the reason for his no-confidence letter in the PM (Picture: Getty/Reuters)

a no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson looks more likely as a third Tory MP has called on the prime minister to resign today alone.

Brexiteer Andrew Bridghan emailed his North West Leicestershire constituents to say he has resubmitted his letter, citing ‘further revelations in the past week’.

The long-awaited report of Sue Gray in Downing Street and Whitehall parties appears to have sent shock waves through the Conservative Party. Mr Bridghan suggested the tally could now be ‘closer’ to triggering a ballot.

The rebel MP wrote, ‘I believed that it would be wrong to have a leadership competition during the early stages of the Russia/Ukraine war.

‘However, there have been more revelations in the past week and there is still a lot of anger out there about the culture at No 10 during the lockdown period.

‘My colleagues and I have given letters of no confidence over the past few days and it may well be that the numbers are close to triggering a vote of no confidence.

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen

The Tory MP originally submitted such a letter in January this year (Picture: Getty)

‘This would give the Parliamentary Party an opportunity to record whether it believes Boris Johnson to be the person to continue to lead the party.’

Originally submitting a letter in January, Mr Bridghan withdrew it in March, arguing it was not appropriate in the midst of fighting in Ukraine.

As more and more of his colleagues choose to publicly express their protest against the MP, his stance may have changed.

His comments tonight come just hours after Former Attorney General Jeremy Wright and Tory MP for Carshalton Elliot Colburn called on Mr Johnson to step down.

Mr Wright said the Downing Street events had caused “real and lasting damage” to the authority of the government and he concluded “with regret” that the prime minister should leave.

For a leadership election to begin, 54 formal no-confidence letters must be submitted – 15% of the parliamentary Conservative Party.

So far, 25 lawmakers have said publicly that Mr Johnson should go – but is likely to have written privately to the chairman of the 1922 committee.

As part of his role, only Sir Graham Brady would know the exact number.

After weeks of waiting for Ms Grey’s damaging report to finally be published, the anger of MPs is coming to the fore.

A growing number of antitrust letters that came with the number 10 failed to quell a report that Kerry Johnson – the prime minister’s wife – hosted a second party at his flat for his 56th birthday.

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