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Newark and Sherwood MPs support Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he survives vote of no confidence

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Newark and Sherwood's MPs have come out in support of Prime Minister Boris Johnson tonight.

Mr Johnson has survived a vote of no confidence after Conservative MPs backed him to stay as leader in a secret ballot.

A vote was triggered when party chiefs confirmed that more than 54 MPs had written to formally request that a ballot take place.

Boris Johnson has won the support of his MPs
Boris Johnson has won the support of his MPs

Under party rules, 180 MPs would have needed to back the vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister for there to be a leadership contest.

However, that threshold was not reached. 211 MPs voted for Boris Johnson, 148 voted that they had no confidence in him.

His victory means that he cannot face another vote of no confidence for a year.

Newark MP Robert Jenrick had earlier Tweeted: "I supported Boris Johnson in 2019 and will vote for him to continue as PM tonight.

"The full attention of the party needs to be on growing the economy, delivering on our promise to level-up and playing the leading role in Europe’s defence.

"That’s how we win the next election.

Earlier, Sherwood MP Mark Spencer had given his backing to the embattled Prime Minister.

Earlier today, Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the Conservative 1922 committee, revealed that he had on Sunday notified the Prime Minister that enough MPs had submitted letters requesting a vote of no confidence take place.

Cabinet ministers rallied behind the Prime Minister during what amounted to a day-long campaign, saying he should remain in the role.

But Jeremy Hunt - his leadership rival in the contest to succeed Theresa May - said he would not be backing Boris.

Boris Johnson survives vote of no confidence (57122159)
Boris Johnson survives vote of no confidence (57122159)

MP Sir Roger Gale, who was among the first to submit a letter requesting a vote of no confidence, maintained his opposition to the Prime Minister.

He argued that there were plenty of other candidates capable of taking the reins.

The Prime Minister addressed his party's MPs in private this afternoon, setting out his case to stay in the job.

The PM has faced considerable criticism over the 'partygate' saga, with complaints that he misled Parliament about social gatherings that took place in Downing Street in spite of a Covid-19 lockdown on such events.

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