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Portsmouth MP: Tory government ‘running scared’ after blocking no confidence vote in PM

Stephen Morgan MP has accused Tory MPs of ‘running scared’ after the government blocked Labour’s no confidence motion in the Prime Minister.

After tabling a no confidence motion, Leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer MP, said yesterday that Conservative MPs cannot let Boris Johnson “cling on for weeks, and weeks, and weeks until the 5th of September” for the Tory Party to elect its new leader.

Government has said it will allow a confidence vote only if Labour removes a reference to the Prime Minister from its motion, which Labour called an “abuse of power”.

It comes after senior cabinet members reportedly pushed Mr Johnson to resign last week, as support on Tory backbenches finally drained away following yet another scandal, this time about his former Deputy Chief Whip, Chris Pincher MP.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“This Tory government knows the game is up, and is now running scared after blocking Labour’s no confidence motion in the Prime Minister, fearing they simply don’t have the numbers.

“Portsmouth and the country cannot afford for government to be left paralysed for the whole summer as Tory MPs distract themselves with electing a new leader.

“That’s why Labour put down a vote of no confidence because if the Tories won’t act in the national interest, Labour will.”

 In response, government has reportedly tabled a vote of confidence in itself, which is set be voted on this Monday.