Tory rebel ‘asks MPs to withdraw no-confidence letters’ as panic sets in over timing

Some backbenchers believe period after upcoming by-elections best chance to remove PM

Adam Forrest
Saturday 04 June 2022 18:41 BST
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Rebel Conservative MPs are panicking about the timing of a push to remove Boris Johnson, with some expressing doubt that next week is the right moment to trigger a no-confidence vote.

Around 30 backbenchers have publicly called for the prime minister to resign, and backbenchers believe they are close to reaching the threshold of 54 no-confidence letters needed for a leadership ballot.

But one Tory MP keen to see Mr Johnson replaced has urged colleagues to withdraw their no-confidence letters to prevent a vote happening “by accident” at the start of next week, according to The Guardian.

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