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Full list of Tories who have called for Boris Johnson to resign since ‘partygate’ scandal began

Boris Johnson is going through the most important risk to his premiership after he was fined for breaking lockdown guidelines by attending his “birthday party” within the Cabinet room in June 2020. 

The newest growth within the ‘partygate’ scandal has resulted in renewed calls for the Prime Minister to step down from his position. 

Nigel Mills, the Tory MP for Amber Valley, turned the primary backbencher to name for Mr Johnson to give up since the Met Police introduced that, together with Carrie Johnson and Rishi Sunak, he would obtain a set penalty seen (FPN). 

Steve Baker turned the most recent Tory MP to name for the tip of Mr Johnson’s premiership throughout a visibly emotional intervention within the Commons on Apr 21. 

Mr Mills and Mr Baker be a part of a number of Conservative MPs who had beforehand publicly called on the Prime Minister to give up. But a quantity of Cabinet ministers have additionally rallied behind the Prime Minister to shore up his help.

Below is the complete list of Tory MPs who have called on Mr Johnson to stand down to this point: 

Since the Prime Minister obtained a FPN 

1. Nigel Mills – MP for Amber Valley

A Tory MP broke ranks to develop into the primary Conservative backbencher to name for Boris Johnson to give up since the Prime Minister was fined over the “partygate” scandal. 

Nigel Mills, the Tory MP for Amber Valley, mentioned on Apr 13 that he not believes Mr Johnson’s position as Prime Minister is “tenable”. 

Speaking to BBC Radio Derby, Mr Mills mentioned: “In all conscience I don’t suppose a chief minister can survive or ought to survive breaking the foundations he put in place and he was on the TV each few nights, reminding us all that we should always observe. 

“We have to have higher standards than that of people at the top. He has been fined, I don’t think his position is tenable, in my view.” 

2. Craig Whittaker

Mr Whittaker, the MP for Calder Valley who has beforehand been a staunch supporter of the Prime Minister, called for him to resign throughout a Facebook question-and-answer session.

“I not only think that the Prime Minister should resign but I also think that Rishi Sunak should resign as well”, he mentioned. “Through this whole process it hasn’t been particularly clear that the Prime Minister broke any rules until of course he’s been issued with a fixed penalty notice this week.”

However, Mr Whittaker confirmed he wouldn’t submit a letter of no-confidence to the 1922 Committee as he anticipated that Mr Johnson would win a vote of Tory MPs.

3. Karen Bradley

Ms Bradley, a former Northern Ireland Secretary and the MP for Staffordshire Moorlands, advised Stoke-on-Trent Live: “I’ll spend the following few days consulting my constituents and can resolve on what motion to take after listening to them.

“But I do wish to make it clear that if I had been a minister found to have broken the laws that I passed, I would be tendering my resignation now.”

4. Dr Neil Hudson

Dr Hudson, the Tory MP for Penrith and the Borders, maintained his position “that I categorically will not defend the indefensible”.

“Destabilising the UK Government would undermine international efforts to support the Ukrainian people and bring the despicable Russian invasion to an end,” he mentioned in a press release.

“I will therefore be looking to the Prime Minister to show the statesmanship he has been showing with Ukraine, and outline a timetable and process for an orderly transition to a leadership election as soon as the international situation permits.”

5. Mark Harper

Mark Harper, the Tory former chief whip, called on Boris Johnson to resign and mentioned the Prime Minister was not “worthy of the great office that he holds”.

Mr Johnson advised the House of Commons on Apr 19 that he apologised “unreservedly” after he was fined over the “partygate” scandal. 

But his apology was not sufficient to win over Mr Harper who advised the Prime Minister he ought to now give up 10 Downing Street.

He later revealed on Twitter he had submitted a letter to the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives calling for a no-confidence vote in Mr Johnson. 

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