6 Jun 2022

Conservative MPs hold confidence vote in Boris Johnson’s leadership

Political Editor

“I will lead you to victory again” – that was Boris Johnson’s appeal to backbench Tory MPs this afternoon as he gave the speech of his political life, urging them to back him in tonight’s confidence vote and warning against what he called a “pointless fratricidal debate”.

But after months of bitter division and recriminations over partygate, his detractors can barely contain their fury and their numbers have been steadily mounting, while Mr Johnson’s supporters are insisting even if he wins by a single vote it will be enough.