Tory rebels 'plotting another vote to oust' Boris Johnson after Chris Pincher allegations

Mr Johnson has already survived a confidence vote held by Conservative MPs earlier this year

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Tory rebels are reportedly plotting another vote to oust Boris Johnson in the latest blow for the Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson survived a confidence vote held by Conservative MPs last month by 211 votes to 148.

But pressure continues to be piled on the PM after the allegations made against Mr Pincher, which come just days after the Tories lost two crunch-by elections in Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield.

Current party rules dictate that another confidence vote cannot be held for a year after last month’s confidence vote.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Chris Pincher
Chris Pincher

But amid renewed questions over his judgment, Rebel MPs are planning to push for a compromise proposal during the upcoming elections for the 1922 Committee’s executive vote, according to the Telegraph.

The change would mean a second confidence vote could be held if 25 percent of Tories in the Commons – 90 MPs – submit letters to the 1922 leadership, double the current amount required to trigger an initial vote.

While Mr Johnson is facing demands to set out what he knew about allegations of inappropriate behaviour centring on Mr Pincher before appointing him to the Tory whips’ office.

The Prime Minister is alleged to have referred to the MP as “Pincher by name, pincher by nature” before making him deputy chief whip in February.

The MP for Tamworth in Staffordshire resigned from the role after being accused of drunkenly groping two men in a private members’ club in London.

It was the second time he resigned from the whips’ office after Conservative candidate Alex Story accused him of making an inappropriate advance in 2017.