Michael Fabricant claims vote of no confidence move against Boris Johnson is 'not about Partygate'

The Conservative MP has shared outrage at the "inappropriate timing" of the vote

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Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has shared outrage regarding the impending vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In an exclusive interview with GB News presenters Patrick Christys and Mercy Muroki, Mr Fabricant slammed his fellow Tory MPs for the "inappropriately timed" challenge of Mr Johnson.

Mr Fabricant added: "This coordinated attack against Boris is not actually about Partygate".

Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, announced in a statement that he has now received the 54 letters from Conservative MPs needed to trigger a vote.

The vote – by secret ballot – will take place at Westminster on Monday 6 June between 6pm and 8pm, with the count to take place immediately afterwards.

It comes after a steady stream of Conservative MPs called publicly for the Prime Minister to stand down in the wake of Sue Gray’s report into breaches of the Covid regulations in No 10 and Whitehall.

MP Micheal Fabricant gave an exclusive interview to GB News Presenters Patrick Christys and Mercy Muroki,
MP Micheal Fabricant gave an exclusive interview to GB News Presenters Patrick Christys and Mercy Muroki,

Mr Fabricant implied that Tory MPs should have waited to raise concerns after the looming by-elections later this year.

The Wakefield by-election is set to take place on 23 June with polls putting Labour in the lead at 48 percent.

The Tiverton and Honiton by-election will take place on the same day, with the Lib Dems tipped to perform well.

The MP for Lichfield claimed the vote was evidence of a "coordinated attack against Boris" condemning his colleague Jesse Norman for his public vote of no confidence and reasoning behind his statement.

Outlining how his views contrast with those of Mr Norman, the Lichfield MP emphasised how he condones the Government's plans to send illegal immigrant to Rwanda.

If Mr Johnson loses the vote of no confidence, or if he resigns, the next steps would be a leadership contest within the Conservative Party.

MPs Lizz Truss and Jeremy Hunt are at the forefront of discussions for who will take over the role of Prime Minister.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is another who might run.

From outside the Cabinet, Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, is expected to run too.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak was a highly-tipped candidate but his chances have been damaged by revelations about his tax affairs.

Voting will take place between 6pm to 8pm, with results expected later in the evening.