Rishi Sunak’s lukewarm support for Boris Johnson in the wake of ‘partygate’ stands out like a sore thumb.


Rishi Sunak’s sluggish support for Boris Johnson in the wake of ‘partygate’ stands out like a sore thumb.

Boris Johnson is under enormous pressure as a result of Partygate, with speculation that he may decide to resign.

The Tories, however, have procedures in place to remove and replace the leader if he or she does not resign.

MPs can force a vote of no confidence in their leader under Tory Party rules.

Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the Tory Party’s backbench 1922 Committee, controls the vote.

If 15 percent of Tory MPs write to the chairman, a vote of no confidence will be held.

That limit is currently set at 55 MPs.

Unless the MP who wrote it makes it public, letters are private.

This means that only Sir Graham is aware of the number of letters.

When the threshold is reached, a vote is held, with the leader needing only a simple majority of MPs to win.

In reality, a convincing victory is required for them to retain their position.

What if the leader loses the election?

If the leader does not receive a majority of votes from MPs, he or she is fired, and a leadership election is held in which they are unable to compete.

They usually stay on as Prime Minister until a successor is elected.

After the PM’s cabinet was ordered to publicly back him following his ‘half-hearted’ apology for attending a boozy No10 gathering during the first Covid shutdown, Rishi Sunak offered his under-fire boss Boris Johnson tepid support over ‘Partygate’ last night.

The Chancellor, who avoided yesterday’s tumultuous PMQs by driving more than 200 miles from London to Devon, said late on Wednesday on Twitter that Mr Johnson was correct to apologise over the lockdown party scandal.

After the PM’s statement in the Commons failed to calm Tory backbenchers, more than 20 ministers, including Health Secretary Sajid Javid, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and Communities Secretary Michael Gove, took to the airwaves and social media to publicly support him.

One senior Conservative said the Chancellor had ‘done himself a lot of harm’ by attempting to distance himself from the row while others stepped in to assist.

Other MPs, on the other hand, increased the pressure on Mr Johnson after he admitted to spending 25 minutes at a boozy No10 staff party on May 20, 2020.

Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, has delivered another stinging blow to Mr Johnson…

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