British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been under pressure for weeks alleged summer garden parties and Christmas gatherings are held in Downing Street as the rest of the country is under strict Covid-19 embargo. A report on the allegations, expected to be released this week, could be the last straw for Johnson’s increasingly bad party.
The parliament rebel Growing up. A Conservative MP defected from the opposition Labor Party last week and there were rumors of many lawmakers demanding Johnson leave.
On Thursday, as many Conservative lawmakers openly criticized the prime minister over partisanship, accusations of blackmail and bullying of government officials emerged.
Conservative MP William Wragg said on Thursday that “several members of parliament have faced pressure and intimidation from members of government because they have stated or assumed a desire for a vote.” confidence in the Prime Minister’s leadership role.”
Wragg told the House Committee on Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs that the reports he was made aware of “appear to constitute blackmail.”
Johnson denied reports of bullying behavior, saying he “sees no evidence” to support accusations of intimidation against his government by a Conservative lawmaker.
Under Conservative party rules, if MPs wanted to remove their leader, they would send a secret letter of no-confidence to the chairman of the 1922 Committee, a group of MPs who did not hold office in government. . The process is very secretive – the letters are kept secret and the president, Graham Brady, doesn’t even reveal how much has been delivered.
Once 15% of Conservative lawmakers have submitted a letter, it will trigger a vote of confidence among all Conservative lawmakers.
CNN’s Luke McGee, Lauren Kent, Duarte Mendonca, Richard Allen Greene, Robert Iddiols and Sharon Braithwaite contributed to this report.