Tory leader LIVE: Tory mutiny erupts over rule change to protect PM from confidence vote

Posted on Jul 19 2019 - 8:41am by admin

The move is being pushed by members of the Tory 1922 Committee, with joint executive secretary Nigel Evans backing the change. Theresa May won a confidence vote last December to enjoy 12 months protection, but this does not automatically extend to a new Prime Minister. This means Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt could face a challenge almost immediately after becoming Prime Minister if 47 Conservative Party MPs – 15 percent of the parliamentary party – write to 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady to demand a vote takes place.

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But the move has triggered outrage within the party, with Mr Evans telling Sky News there could be an “immense amount of anger”, as one Tory MP warned it would be “incredible divisive”.

Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt are entering the final stretch of a six-week campaign to replace Mrs May as the UK’s next Prime Minister.

More than 160,000 Tory members are casting their votes, with the winner of the contest announced on Tuesday, before they officially taking office on Wednesday.

But the new Prime Minister will have just three months to deliver Brexit by the October 31 deadline and while both candidates want to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement with the EU and eliminate the controversial Irish backstop, Brussels has insisted this will not happen.


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Tory leader LIVE: Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt could be protected from a confidence vote (Image: GETTY)

9.33am update: Hammond savaged for Brexit attack on Johnson – ‘Absolute disgrace and embarrassment!’

Philip Hammond has been savaged by furious Brexiteers after the Chancellor went on a scathing attack and condemned Boris Johnson’s now seriously threatened plan to prorogue parliament in order to deliver a no deal Brexit.

Mr Hammond was branded an “absolute disgrace and embarrassment” to the Tory Party by angered Leave voters, after he defied a three-line Government whip and refused to reject an amendment, which aims to stop the next Prime Minister suspending parliament in the run-up to the October 31 deadline.

The Chancellor along with Justice Secretary, David Gauke, Business Secretary, Greg Clark and International Development Secretary, Rory Stewart, abstained from the vote in the Commons. MPs overwhelmingly backed the cross-party motion by 315 votes to 274 – a majority 41.

Following the announcement of the dramatic result in Westminster, Mr Hammond took to social media to take a swipe at Mr Johnson – who voted with the Government and against the amendment.

He said: “The Conservative Party has always, at its core, had a fundamental belief in the importance of strong institutions – and in a representative democracy there can be no more vital institution than it’s Parliament.

“It should not be controversial to believe that Parliament be allowed to sit, and have a say, during a key period in our country’s history.”

Mr Hammond – who is widely expected to be ousted as Chancellor next week – prompted a furious response from Brexiteers on social media.

9.13am update: Johnson has ‘backbone’ to leave EU without Brexit deal on October 31, says Rees-Mogg

Boris Johnson has the backbone to resist pressure from Parliament to delay Brexit again, even if it means leaving the European Union without a deal, supporter Jacob Rees-Mogg has insisted.

In an interview on BBC Radio 4, the Tory MP and chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) was asked whether the next Prime Minister might be forced by Parliament to delay the UK’s exit from the EU again.

He said: “The question will be does the prime minister have the backbone to go ahead and leave, and I think Boris Johnson does, or would the prime minister be in the same position as Theresa May, and give into this type of pressure.”

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Tory leader LIVE: Philip Hammond has been savaged by furious Brexiteers (Image: GETTY)

9am update: Health Minister could bring down Johnson Government if no deal Brexit pursued

Stephen Hammond was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme if he was prepared to press the “nuclear button” of a no confidence vote in the next Government.

He said: “I hope we never get there but I think a lot of people were taught that you must put the interest of the country before yourself,” he said.

“I don’t think we will get there actually, and I’m pretty certain, as a Conservative, that I would be very, very, very cautious about ever doing that.

“I’m a Conservative through and through and no-one takes any pleasure in rebelling.

“I think it’s really important that at this historic stage in this country’s lifetime in modern politics, that politicians put aside any of their own personal ambitions or views and actually make sure they do the right thing as they see it for the country.”

8.56am update: Using Queen to protect against no deal Brexit branded ‘ridiculous idea’

A former Supreme Court justice has raged it would be a “ridiculous idea” to send the Queen to the EU to request a Brexit extension and prevent a no deal being forced through by the next Prime Minister.

Lord Sumption criticised the suggestion after it was reported senior Tories have touted using a parliamentary device known as a humble address to get the monarch to act.

News night reported the Queen could be asked to exercise her right as head of state ti travel to the next EU summit and look for a delay to Brexit if the incoming Prime Minister ignored a vote rejecting a no deal.

But Lord Sumption told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I agree, it’s a ridiculous idea.

“I think, first of all, that MPs putting forward a particular point of view should pipe down on the question of bringing the Queen in because that very fact puts her in an awkward position and makes it more difficult for her and reduces her options.”

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Tory leader LIVE: Nigel Evans is backing a change to the no confidence vote rules (Image: GETTY)

8.50am update: May to give public sector staff £2bn payrise bonanza

Theresa May will use her final days as Prime Minister to give public sector staff a £2bn pay rise – the biggest for six years.

Two million workers will receive above-inflation salary increases amid concerns the private sector is pushing ahead on pay, The Times has reported.

Police officers are set to receive a 2.5 percent pay rise, soldiers a 2.9 percent increase and teachers and other school staff 2.75 percent, while dentists and consultants will get 2. percent and senior civil servants two percent.

The Treasury is expected to say the money will have to come from existing budgets.

Public sector pay rises were capped at 1% after the Conservative-led coalition came to power in 2010, but the cap was scrapped last year.

But the rises, to be announced on Monday, will not apply to other public sector staff, such as more junior civil servants and nurses, whose pay is managed with separately.

8.39am update: Johnson insists he will not seek Brexit deadline extension from EU

Boris Johnson will not look for another delay to Brexit from the EU if he becomes Prime Minister, and has repeated he will take the UK out of the bloc on October 31.

The former Foreign Secretary has declared the withdrawal agreement reached by Theresa May and the EU “dead”, meaning any replacement would have to be negotiated by the deadline if the UK is to avoid a no deal departure.

He told the Daily Express: “Why would we have another extension? I don’t think there is any appetite in the UK for another extension, nobody wants it. I certainly won’t have it.

“And don’t forget how it works – at the moment, the UK leaves legally on October 31, that is the law. The only way that can be prevented is if a UK prime minister were to ask for an extension.

“Well, I’m not going to ask for an extension.”

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Tory leader LIVE: Theresa May will reportedly give public sector staff a £2bn pay rise (Image: GETTY)

8.34am update: Johnson promises to end Brexit delay ‘bad dream’

Boris Johnson has promised to end the “bad dream” inflicted under Theresa May once the UK exits the European Union.

In an interview with the Daily Express, the Tory leadership favourite again stressed his commitment to leave the EU on October 31 “come what may”, with or without a deal.

But if he becomes Prime Minister, Mr Johnson has already suffered a huge blow, with MPs last night voting by a majority of 41 to back a measure aimed at preventing him suspending Parliament in order to force through a no deal Brexit, with 17 Tories rebelling.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, Justice Secretary David Gauke, Business Secretary Greg Clark and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart did not take part in the vote.

Mr Johnson told the Daily Express: “We’ll get on with it and think much more about what we are going to do to unleash the talents and the potential of the whole country, that’s what I want to do.”

8.22am update: Tory leadership bombshell: Boris ‘to appoint deputy PM that will thrill Brexiteers’

Boris Johnson could appoint arch Brexiteer Iain Duncan-Smith as his deputy Prime Minister according to reports in a move that would thrill Brexit backers.

The Tory leadership frontrunner is widely expected to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister next week.

He is coming under strong pressure from the Eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG) to appoint Mr Duncan-Smith as his deputy.

Mr Duncan-Smith could either be formally appointed as Deputy Prime Minister, or hold the role unofficially.

Speaking to The Sun a Brexit backing Tory MP said: “Boris has got a big choice to make when he assembles his Cabinet.

“Does he go for party unity, and make it 50/50 Remainers and Brexiteers, or does he go gangbusters for a full-blown Brexit war Cabinet.

“Nothing else matters than making sure we leave the EU on October 31, his entire departure depends on it, so that’s what he should focus on.”

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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson could appoint a deputy PM that will thrill Brexiteers (Image: GETTY)

8.17am update: Outrage as rule change considered to protect new PM from confidence vote

Conservative MPs are pushing for new rules to protect Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt from a confidence vote for a year, but this is already sparking mutiny from within the party.

The move is being pushed by members of the Tory 1922 Committee, with joint executive secretary Nigel Evans backing the change.

Nigel Evans, joint secretary of the Conservative backbench group, backs the move and told Sky News it is now being discussed.

He said: “There is discussion within the 1922 as to whether we should change the rules.

“Those talks are still ongoing. Change them to safeguard a new leader. When they’ve been elected by the membership that the new leader should be given at least a 12 month run before any challenges.”

Last December, Theresa May won a confidence vote to enjoy a year’s protection, but this does not automatically extend to an incoming leader.

This could see Mr Johnson or Mr Hunt face a challenge as Tory leader shortly after becoming Prime minister if 47 Conservative MPs – 15 percent of the parliamentary party – write to 1922 chairman Sir Graham Brady and demand a vote takes place.

But Mr Evans warned: “As the current rules stand they can do, they can (trigger an immediate confidence vote). But it would look really absurd.

“I think there would be an immense amount of anger by the membership that not only do these people not accept the outcome of the referendum, but now they don’t even accept the outcome of a legitimate election that the new leader has been elected (by the membership).”

But some Tory MPs have reacted furiously to such a change being considered.

Sam Gyimah, former minister and briefly a Tory leadership contender, told Sky News: “The 1922 cannot be refereeing and at the same time mucking up with rules as we go along.

“They did it with leadership contest, if they do it again now it will undermine their credibility with parliamentary party.”

Keith Simpson, a veteran Tory MP, said: “I think it would be incredibly divisive.

“I can see a lot of colleagues that would say yes, fair enough. Others would say we’re living in such peculiar times, it’s unfair. (Boris Johnson) has got to spell out what his policy is.

“He’s got to encourage and look for support. If he tries to lay down the law – it’s not gonna work.”

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