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Tory rebellion grows in Britain amid fears of electoral losses

Tory rebellion grows in Britain amid fears of electoral losses

dpa
London
In Britain, discontent in the governing Conservative party ranks is growing because MPs fear they may lose their seats over the Downing Street lockdown parties fallout, a former cabinet minister has said.
A critic of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, David Davis, said his colleagues “see their own seats disappearing” as Tory popularity continues to languish in the wake of the so-called partygate saga.
The comments come as the Prime Minister faces mounting calls to resign following the publication of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s investigation into Covid rule-breaking in No 10 and Whitehall during the lockdowns in England.
Former health minister Steve Brine was discovered to have added his name to the list of Tory MPs to have handed in letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris is also among the letter writers, having confirmed to PA news agency that she has had the Tory whip restored after it was removed in January for her decision to support an opposition move to cut VAT on energy bills.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tories, will be obliged to order a confidence vote if he receives 54 letters demanding one.
More than 20 MPs have publicly stated that they no longer support Mr Johnson but more may have penned letters given the process is carried out in secret.
Mr Brine said Ms Gray’s report had not altered his view that it was “inevitable the Prime Minister would face a vote of confidence”.
“All I can do as a backbencher is seek to trigger that process and (some time ago actually) I have done that,” he confirmed in a statement published on his website on Wednesday but only picked up by the media on Saturday.
“I have said throughout this sorry saga I cannot and will not defend the indefensible. Rule-makers cannot be law-breakers.” The band of rebels increased on Friday, with Sir Bob Neill, Conservative chairman of the Justice Select Committee, confirming he had submitted a letter of no confidence in Mr Johnson’s leadership.
Alicia Kearns, a member of the 2019 intake, accused the No 10 incumbent of “misleading” Parliament with reassurances that coronavirus laws were upheld.
Cabinet Office official Ms Gray detailed in her report how leaving-dos got out of hand, with staff throwing up after drinking excessively, being rude to security staff and even damaging a child’s swing in the Downing Street garden.
She found the Prime Minister - who was slapped with a fine by police for attending his own birthday bash in June 2020 when indoor mixing was forbidden - attended a number of leaving-dos in No 10 during the lockdown months in England.
Ms Gray said he gave speeches and joined in with drinking alcohol at such events despite the public being banned from socialising in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
The warning by Mr Davis of increasing mutiny comes after polling company YouGov produced new modelling suggesting the Conservatives would lose all but three of 88 “battleground” constituencies if a general election were held on Saturday, putting the Government’s Commons majority in jeopardy.
The predicted outcome would see Mr Johnson’s own Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat “likely fall” into Labour hands and Red Wall seats such as Blyth Valley and Stoke-on-Trent North also revert back to Sir Keir Starmer’s opposition.
Only Ashfield, Bassetlaw, and Dudley North would remain blue, according to YouGov.
James Johnson, a former Downing Street pollster during Theresa May’s tenure, said the results could prove to be even worse than the model predicts.

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