One other Tory MP has known as for Boris Johnson to stop over partygate in what seems to be a rolling collection of bulletins placing the prime minister beneath strain.
Sir Bob Neill, additionally a choose committee chair, stated he has submitted a letter of no confidence in Johnson, arguing a “change in management is required” to revive belief in politics.
He stated: “Belief is a very powerful commodity in politics, however these occasions have undermined belief in not simply the workplace of the prime minister, however within the political course of itself.”
Previous to Neill’s announcement, four MPs called for Johnson to go since Sue Grey’s damning report was printed on Wednesday.
A number of different Tory MPs had beforehand demanded the PM step down.
It takes 54 MPs to submit letters Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservatives, to set off a no confidence vote in Johnson, which might power a management contest.
Alicia Kearns, a Conservative elected to the Commons in 2019 throughout Johnson’s landslide election victory, additionally reaffirmed that her chief had misplaced her confidence.
Additionally on Friday, Tory MP Paul Holmes quit his government job over the “deep distrust” voters now have within the Conservative Occasion.
Neill, who chairs the Commons justice committee, stated he had waited to learn the senior civil servant’s full report into No 10 lockdown events earlier than making up his thoughts however stated he discovered the prime minister’s explanations for his behaviour lacked credibility.
Posting an announcement on his web site, the MP for Bromley and Chislehurst stated: “I’ve listened rigorously to the reasons the prime minister has given, in parliament and elsewhere, and, regrettably, don’t discover his assertions to be credible.
“That’s the reason, with a heavy coronary heart, I submitted a letter of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady on Wednesday afternoon.
“Belief is a very powerful commodity in politics, however these occasions have undermined belief in not simply the workplace of the prime minister, however within the political course of itself.
“To rebuild that belief and transfer on, a change in management is required.”
In the meantime, Kearns stated the prime minister’s “account of occasions to parliament” about No 10 lockdown events was “deceptive”.
The Rutland and Melton MP stated in a Fb publish: “It’s incorrect that households have been banned from saying goodbye to their dying family members, while the prime minister was complicit within the holding of many goodbye events for his workers, which we now know displayed an entire disregard for restrictions and have been full with vomiting, combating and bullying.
“I can solely conclude that the prime minister’s account of occasions to parliament was deceptive.
“If he didn’t know in regards to the tradition of events, then it is because he did not ask the questions vital, or has chosen to not since final October.
“These round him clearly didn’t advise a coverage of being trustworthy and clear with the British folks.”
Kearns added: “My place stays unchanged since January, and the prime minister continues to not maintain my confidence.”
Sue Gray’s partygate report painted a debauched image of booze-fuelled lockdown partying into the early hours, cleaners having to wash purple wine off the partitions, a combat between workers, and a karaoke machine on the prepared.