Ex-Boris Johnson ally slams Prime Minister as 'grotesque' as vote of no confidence confirmed

Conservative MP, Jesse Norman becomes the latest MP to publicly submit a letter of no confidence against Boris Johnson with a vote of no confidence scheduled this evening

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Former ally of Boris Johnson, Jesse Norman has slammed the Prime Minister as "grotesque", after publicly submitted a vote of no confidence this morning.

A statement from Sir Graham Brady confirms there will be a vote today, from 6pm-8pm.

The statement added: "The threshold of 15 percent of parliamentary party seeking a vote of no confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded."

Dubbed a "sucker punch" by commentators, the MP condemned Mr Johnson's leadership as a "charade".

The MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire contemplates the Prime Minister's "deeply questionable" policy priorities in his letter, adding: "The Rwanda policy is ugly, likely to be counterproductive and of doubtful legality."

Former ally of Boris Johnson, Jesse Norman, has submitted a damning vote of no confidence this morning
Former ally of Boris Johnson, Jesse Norman, has submitted a damning vote of no confidence this morning

Concluding his letter, the former Johnsonite states: "For you to prolong this charade by remaining in office not only insults the electorates, and the tens of thousands of people who support, volunteer, represents and campaign for our party; it makes a decisive change of government at the next election much more likely."

Mr Norman's statement follows reports of a list, which outlines 13 reasons to remove the Prime Minister, has been circulating among Conservative backbench MPs.

The list, which brands Mr Johnson as a "Conservative Corbyn", concludes that the "only way to restore Conservative fortunes to a point where we can win the next general election, is to remove Boris Johnson as prime minister”.

One of the 13 reasons to remove the Prime Minister detailed in the document outlines how the booing which the Conservative leader and his wife received outside St Paul's Cathedral, speaks volumes about the public's confidence in his leadership.

Allies of Mr Johnson will switch their focus to winning a confidence vote, as the Prime Minister launches a health and housing policy fightback in a last-ditch attempt to win the support of his critics.

Cabinet Officer Minister Steve Barclay has warned Tory MPs not to throw away progress the Government has been making in dealing with the fall out from the pandemic.

In a statement on the ConservativeHome website, Mr Barclay said the next general election would not be decided by the Sue Gray report and urged MPs not to “waste time and energy looking backwards and inwards, talking to ourselves about ourselves”.