Labour twists knife on Boris Johnson with parliamentary standards vote

Labour twists knife on Boris Johnson with parliamentary standards vote




Labour will twist the knife in the Tory wound caused by Boris Johnson‘ leadership today after accusing Conservative loyalists of acting selfishly to prop him up.

Sir Keir Starmer‘s Party will use an opposition day argue to focus on ‘standards in public life’ in the Commons the day after Mr Johnson was hit with a large rebellion from his own MPs.

Last night 148 MPs, more than two-fifths of the parliamentary party, called on him to quit, with 211 politicians backing him.

Mr Johnson is attempting to move attention away from the internecine warfare with focus on his economic policies today.

But Labour has control of the parliamentary order paper today, on one of the official days that it is ceded by the Government to one of the opposition parties.

It comes after Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner accused the MPs who supported Mr Johnson last night of keeping a ‘mortally wounded’ leader in place to obtain their own locaiongs. 

‘At the end of the day the British public can see that some of those Conservative MPs voted against not lying to the British public, they voted against their interests and to save the skin of Boris Johnson, to save their own skin because they know that they’re tanking in the surveys at the moment,’ she said. 

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner accused the MPs who supported Mr Johnson last night of keeping a ‘mortally wounded’ leader in place to obtain their own locaiongs.

Mr Johnson is attempting to move attention away from the internecine warfare with focus on his economic policies today.

‘The public have the strength to remove Boris Johnson. He may think that he’s bought himself a bit of time, but people never forget that they didn’t get to say goodbye to their loved ones. The British public do not like liars, cheats and people that break the law.

‘And I think that he is going to get absolutely hammered if he tries to have another general election on that basis.’

Labour will call a vote on a motion asking MPs to ‘recognises the importance of the Ministerial Code for maintaining high standards in public life’, after the PM was accused of trying to alter it to avoid needing to resign. 

The vote is non-binding on the government and is doubtful to attract much Tory sustain already from rebels. But it is a symbolic move as opposition parties try to keep the pressure on the Government.

The PM gathered his senior ministers urging them to push the ‘enormous agenda’ of Levelling Up investment in the wake of the brutal confidence vote that saw more than 40 per cent of his MPs try to oust him.

Around the famous table in Downing Street, he thanked them for their ‘hard work’ in trying to save him from outright defeat yesterday. But he demanded they come up with way of ‘cutting costs’ in government and getting better value out of sets.

‘We are able now to draw a line under the issues that our opponents want to talk about,’ Mr Johnson said.

An extension of the Thatcherite right-to-buy, a joint cost-of-living speech with Rishi Sunak, the first migrant Rwanda flights, a series of high-profile foreign jaunts and an overhaul of his team are all on the cards in the coming weeks as Mr Johnson tries to get back on track.

But already though Mr Johnson is now theoretically immune from challenge for a year, mutinous Tories have put him on notice that he is not out of the woods however. The party is on track for disaster in two by elections on June 23 with surveys suggesting Labour could reclaim the Red Wall seat of Wakefield by a 20-point margin, while the Lib Dems are bullish about their prospects in the blue heartlands of Tiverton.

A close ally of Jeremy Hunt – who broke cover to call for Mr Johnson to quit yesterday – warned this morning that the insurrection is ‘not not over’.

Meanwhile, already loyalist MPs have admitted that senior ministers will have secretly voted against the premier. And the grassroots ConservativeHome website has suggested that the Cabinet should be stepping in to urge him to quit.

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