The Conservative MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, Bob Neill has develop into the fifth conservative MP to name on the prime minister to resign because the publication of the Grey report on Wednesday.
Sir Bob is an extended standing Chair of the Commons Justice Choose Committee.
There at the moment are 25 Conservative MPs, from a complete of 358, who’ve overtly known as for the prime minister to resign.
In a press release launched on Mr Neill’s web site, he stated, “For the reason that begin of this episode, I’ve been very clear that I might look forward to the conclusion of any police investigation and the publication of Sue Grey’s full report earlier than making a judgement. My years as a lawyer have taught me to not come to conclusions with out the fullest doable proof”.
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Persevering with Mr Neill writes, “I’ve listened fastidiously to the reasons the Prime Minister has given, in Parliament and elsewhere, and, regrettably, don’t discover his assertions to be credible. That’s the reason, with a heavy coronary heart, I submitted a letter of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady on Wednesday afternoon”.
“Belief is an important commodity in politics, however these occasions have undermined belief in not simply the workplace of the Prime Minister, however within the political course of itself. To rebuild that belief and transfer on, a change in management is required”.
Mr Neill, who was first elected to parliament in a 2006 by-election, backed Michael Gove within the 2019 Conservative Get together management election.
Though 5 contemporary MPs have known as for the prime minister to stop since Wednesday, all these MPs have been listed as ones who have been displaying ‘indicators of concern’ for the PM, on politics.co.uk’s checklist.
Not one of the MPs who have been ‘mendacity low’ or who have been beforehand supportive of Mr Johnson seem as of but to have turned in opposition to the PM. Thus while there are virtually actually sufficient MPs hostile to Boris Johnson to name a ‘vote of no confidence’, it nonetheless removed from clear that the numbers exist to take away the prime minister.
The vast majority of the MPs who’ve to this point overtly known as for the PM to go are older Conservative MPs. As of in the present day the prime minister appears to take pleasure in extra help from these Conservative MPs first elected in 2019, significantly for therefore known as ‘crimson wall’ seats within the north of England.