Bridgwater MP declares his hand
Ian Liddell Grainger is the first Somerset MP to openly declare his hand on the confidence motion in Boris Johnson. Tonight the Prime Minister will face a motion of no confidence in his leadership. 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady confirmed enough letters demanding Johnson’s resignation have now been received. This automatically triggers a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. That vote will take place between 18.00 and 20.00 this evening.
Ian Liddell Grainger, MP for Bridgwater & West Somerset has confirmed he will vote for Johnson’s removal. In a statement this morning he called on Johnson to step down. He confirmed he will be casting a proxy vote against him in tonight’s ballot. The MP is currently in Sierra Leone where he is co-chairing the Africa Regional Conference. Hence he will have to cast his vote by proxy.
He said today: “I believe he should step down for the good of the country. That is the only way to resolve this intolerable situation which is damaging both the Government’s ability to govern and the UK’s reputation on the world stage. And even if the Prime Minister survives tonight my views on his position and the step I believe he should take will remain unchanged.”