Senior Conservative lawmaker Tobias Ellwood said he would submit a letter of no confidence in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday, saying so-called ‘partygate’ was distracting the government at a time of international crisis.
Johnson is facing calls to resign after weeks of a steady drip of reports alleging his aides, and he himself, had staged and attended parties in his Downing Street office and residence at a time when millions of Britons were under COVID-19 lockdowns.
Ellwood, chair of parliament’s defence select committee and a former junior minister, was the latest Conservative lawmaker to say he would submit a letter of no confidence in Johnson.
“It’s time to resolve this so the party can get back to governing and yes … I will be submitting my letter today to the 1922 Committee,” Ellwood said, referring to a group which represents lawmakers who do not have government jobs.
Ellwood said the scandals were distracting from Britain’s response to major issues such as the crisis in Ukraine.
“I believe it’s time for the prime minister to take a grip of this. He himself should call a vote of confidence rather than waiting for the inevitable 54 letters to be actually submitted,” Ellwood told Sky News.