Plotters want change to confidence vote rule so they can challenge Johnson again later this year 


Plotters want change to confidence vote rule so they can challenge Boris Johnson again later this year

  • Tory plotters want to challenge Boris Johnson in as little as six months’ time
  • Figures among the 148 rebels want to shorten the confidence vote clock
  • A majority of 1922 officers may agree to change the rules, one source said

Tory rebels are pushing for a rule change to allow them to challenge Boris Johnson in as little as six months.

At present, a Conservative leader who wins a no-confidence vote cannot face another for 12 months. But figures among the 148 rebels want to shorten this.

The rule can be changed by a majority among the backbench 1922 Committee.

On Monday, the chairman Sir Graham Brady said: ‘Technically it’s possible for rules to be changed but the rule at present is there would be a period of grace.’

A Conservative leader who wins a no-confidence vote cannot face another for 12 months. But figures among the 148 rebels want to shorten the confidence vote time limit

A Conservative leader who wins a no-confidence vote cannot face another for 12 months. But figures among the 148 rebels want to shorten the confidence vote time limit

After Theresa May’s victory in her no-confidence vote in 2018, some campaigned for the period to be cut to six months, but she resigned within months anyway.

One rebel told The Times: ‘There is a majority of 1922 officers who will agree to change the rules when the time is right.’

They expected the change before October’s party conference.

Another rebel said they wanted a vote straight after this month’s by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton, which the party is widely tipped to lose.

A further MP added: ‘There were lots of MPs who thought he’d win by more who now realise how grave the problem is.’

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