Caroline Lucas calls on the Prime Minister to resign after a vote of confidence Brighton News

GREEN MP Caroline Lucas said Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership was “extremely damaged” after narrowly surviving a vote of no confidence.

The secret ballot among Tory MPs saw 211 back the PM, but a major uprising resulted in 148 votes calling for a new party leadership.

The Prime Minister’s vote share, 59%, was lower than the 63% received by former Prime Minister Theresa May in a confidence vote in 2018. She then resigned six months later amid a lingering Brexit stalemate .

The MP for Brighton Pavilion reiterated her call for Johnson to step down and said: ‘He is hugely damaged by this – if so many of his own MPs have no faith in him how does he expect this for the rest of the country to do it?

“A few handwritten letters and an hour of begging might have convinced his cowardly colleagues just enough to keep him in office, but that won’t convince the public.”

She also accused the prime minister of “going full on Trump” after he called the result of the confidence vote “compelling and decisive”.

Ms Lucas said: ‘Four in ten of his own MPs don’t trust him, rising to seven in ten if you only count backbench MPs – and he tells us that’s a ‘very good result “.

“Does Boris Johnson Think We Can’t Add Up?”

Two Sussex Tory MPs – Tim Loughton from Worthing and Nick Gibb from Bognor, were among those who have called on the Prime Minister to step down in recent weeks and submitted letters to trigger yesterday’s vote of confidence.

Speaking after the vote, Boris Johnson said the result allowed the government to focus on issues important to the public, including tackling the cost of living crisis.

He said: “I understand that what we need to do now is come together as a government, as a party, and that’s exactly what we can do now.”

However, party MPs remain split after Johnson’s attempted impersonation, with many saying the prime minister’s days in office are now numbered.

Former minister and Bournemouth MP Tobias Ellwood said he believed Johnson only had “a few months” left in his post and told Sky News he believed a new leader could be in place by the Conservative Party conference in October.

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