British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a vote of confidence in his leadership of the Conservative Party, the chair of the party’s backbench committee announced on June 6.
Sir Graham Brady, who is in charge of tallying the letters of no-confidence received by the 1922 Committee, said the threshold of 15 per cent of the Tory parliamentary party (54 MPs) seeking such a vote has been met.
"The threshold of 15 per cent of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded,” Brady said in a statement.
"In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 18:00 and 20:00 today Monday 6th JUNE – details to be confirmed. The votes will be counted immediately afterwards. An announcement will be made at a time to be advised. Arrangements for the announcement will be released later today," he said.
According to analysts, Johnson looks likely to win such a vote but it will deliver a blow to his leadership.
More than 40 Tory MPs had publicly called for Johnson’s resignation as party leader over scandal of COVID law-breaking parties – dubbed partygate – under his premiership at Downing Street, an issue which remains in the spotlight since the scathing findings of leadership failures in an inquiry by top civil servant Sue Gray.
Johnson reiterated a previous apology in Parliament, saying he took full responsibility for what went on under his watch. But there have been growing calls for him to step down from the Opposition as well as within his own party.