Nearly three weeks ago Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrat Party published an Early Day Motion 134 which is entitled “No confidence in the Prime Minister”. Sadly apart from his own political team along with Caroline Lucas from the Green Party who is my MP and Stephen Farry who is in the Alliance Political Party in Northern Ireland none of the other MPs have so far signed that EDM. However following the two by-elections yesterday the previous leader of the Conservative Party, Michael Howard has disclosed that he is calling for Boris Johnson to leave the Government. He stated that Partygate had revealed an “unacceptable” culture that “came from the top“. He said: “I think [the by-election defeats] makes clear that my view is shared by very large numbers of people in Yorkshire and Devon – places so different that I think they can reasonably be regarded as representative of the country as a whole.” Along with Howard, the Chairman of the Conservative Party since the 15th of September 2021, Oliver Dowden has resigned today saying that somebody “had to take responsibility” for a series of scandals that led to the disastrous result for the government in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton. Of course the 148 Conservative MPs who voted for Johnson to leave nearly 3 weeks ago were competed by 211 MPs who wanted him to remain. However following these two elections there is a strong call from a number of people for this to be reviewed now, rather than in a years time.
The Early Day Motion which Ed Davey wrote has the following text: That this House has no confidence in the Prime Minister because he has broken the covid-19 lockdown laws that his Government introduced, has presided over a culture of serial rule-breaking in Downing Street, has undermined standards in public life, and has failed to take action to support millions of families in the midst of a cost of living emergency.
The votes yesterday included the following data
|Tiverton and Honiton – Devon|
|Wakefield – West Yorkshire|