Former Conservative Party leader William Hague warns the Prime Minister 'is in real trouble here'

Lord Hague of Richmond indicates MPs 'are moving towards having a ballot'

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Former Conservative party leader and cabinet minister Lord William Hague of Richmond has said how Boris Johnson "is in real trouble here" following the release of the Sue Gray report.

Lord Hague warned: "Well I think Boris Johnson is in real trouble here and when an MP as reputable, as experienced, as respected as (Sir) Bob Neill who we were just listening to gives that opinion, that he’s just given, that’s very serious trouble for the Prime Minister and I think the Sue Gray report has been one of those sort of slow-fuse explosions in politics.

“It’s still going along, a lot of people misread it really, the events of last week as meaning the trouble is over, Boris is free and that’s actually not the mood in the Conservative Party which is very, very troubled about the contents of that report.

Lord Hague warned the Prime Minister "is in real trouble" following the release of Sue Gray's report.
Lord Hague warned the Prime Minister "is in real trouble" following the release of Sue Gray's report.

He also told Times Radio: “So I think the Conservative Party will need to resolve this one way or another, obviously because to be an effective party they either need to rally behind the Prime Minister they’ve got, or they need to decide to force him out and I think they’re moving towards either next week or around the end of June, they are moving towards having a ballot, it looks like that.”

Dame Andrea Leadsom has called for the Prime Minister to resign.
Dame Andrea Leadsom has called for the Prime Minister to resign.

The comments follow fresh reports of three further MPs who have publicly submitted a letter of no confidence to the Prime Minister following the release of the Sue Gray report.

Former minister Andrea Leadsom has openly criticised Boris Johnson in light of the Sue Gray report.

In a letter to her consituenets, published on social media, Dame Andrea addressed how she believed it is "extremely unlikely that senior leaders were unaware of what was going on".

She added: “I therefore agree with Sue Gray’s conclusions that there have been significant failures of leadership, both political and official, in No 10 and the Cabinet Office,”

The Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire stated: "Each of my Conservative MP colleagues and I must now decide individually on what the right course of action that will restore confidence in our Government".

Despite not publicly submitting a vote of no confidence, she did call for the MP to resign in her letter.