Boris Johnson to face confidence vote today

After months of speculation over Boris Johnson’s leadership due to the partygate allegations, enough Conservative MPs have finally submitted letters of no confidence in the PM. He needs half of MPs, plus one, to survive the vote.

The vote will take place between 6pm and 8pm this evening in the House of Commons and an announcement is expected around an hour after the vote closes.

After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that at least 54 MPs – 15% of Tory MPs – have written to the chair of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, Sir Graham Brady, calling for a vote.

He said he notified the PM on Sunday that the threshold had been reached and they agreed on timings for the vote together.

Sir Graham said he would not reveal when the threshold had been reached or how many letters have been submitted but it would “not be a bad description” to say some MPs had asked for their letters to be post-dated to ensure the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations were not interrupted.

For the PM to be ousted, half of Tory MPs plus one would need to vote against him, which is currently 180 MPs.

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