1922 Committee steps back from immediate rule change to force out Boris Johnson

Group of top backbenchers decided it would be unfair to change before elections on Monday

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Johnson informed of delegation of Cabinet colleagues waiting at No 10 to tell him to resign

The powerful 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers have pulled back from a threat to change party rules to allow another confidence vote in Boris Johnson.

The group decided it would be unfair to ditch the 12-month grace period currently enjoyed by the prime minister before committee elections can take place on Monday.

A source on the committee said the group does not expect Mr Johnson to remain in power until Monday, as a group of cabinet ministers headed to No 10 on Wednesday night to tell the PM it is time to go.

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