One Oxfordshire MP pledges support for Boris as others remain silent

A vote of no confidence this evening will see some of the Tory party turn against Boris Johnson after a series of scandals during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is now the first sitting Prime Minister in history to break the law. Held between 6pm and 8pm tonight, the vote could spell the end of Boris Johnson’s reign.

For a vote of no confidence to be triggered, 54 letters (15 per cent of the parliamentary party) of no confidence had to have been submitted to the backbench 1922 Committee chair, Sir Graham Brady. In the wake of the no confidence vote being announced, Oxfordshire’s Conservative MPs have remained notably silent – with the exception of one. There are four Tory MPs representing the county; Victoria Prentis, John Howell, Robert Courts and David Johnston.

READ MORE: Boris Johnson confidence vote explained – what happens next Robert Courts, MP for Witney, has publicly announced his support for the Prime Minister, saying he gives the party leader his “full support”. Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “He led the Conservatives to a decisive election victory.

He has been dealt a v. difficult hand but has got the big calls right: Covid, vaccines & supporting Ukraine. He’s apologised for mistakes made. We must now move forward.”

The other three MPs have remained quiet on the topic. OxfordshireLive has approached each one for comment and at the time of writing has received no response. The Twitter feed of the three other Oxfordshire Tory MPs has been void of any posts today.

Many MPs are playing their cards close to their chest so it is difficult to foresee what the result of tonight’s crucial vote will be. The county’s non-Tory MPs, including Labour and Cooperative leader Anneliese Dodds, have highlighted mistakes and mishaps of the majority party. In a Tweet, she wrote: “Hardworking women have been failed by a Tory Government that has left them earning less today than they did twelve years ago.

And Boris Johnson is far too focused on saving his own skin to do anything to help them with the cost of living crisis today.” Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, wrote: “Today is the day that Conservative MPs can put the country before the party and vote to kick Boris Johnson, our lawbreaking incompetent Prime Minister, out. It’s time.”

Tonight’s vote will be conducted via a simple secret ballot whereby Johnson must receive at least 50 per cent plus one vote to remain in power – or 180 votes. The result is expected at 9pm. Want more Oxfordshire politics?

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