Lib Dems to table motion of no confidence in Johnson (updated)

Early this afternoon, Lib Dem MPs will table an Early Day Motion of no confidence in the prime minister Boris Johnson.

Earlier Davey tweeted:

The EDM reads:

That this House has no confidence in the Prime Minister because he has broken the covid-19 lockdown laws that his Government introduced, has presided over a culture of serial rule-breaking in Downing Street, has undermined standards in public life, and has failed to take action to support millions of families in the midst of a cost of living emergency.

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  • George Thomas 7th Jun '22 - 12:39pm

    I asked yesterday/day before why so much focus on Boris when surely the Tories knew who he was an elected him leader so am glad now the challenge is going out to the Tory MP’s.

    Either 41% of them think he’s good enough for the UK but not good enough for the Tory party or this motion will pass. Let’s be honest, the motion isn’t going to pass so a clear sign to public that Tories care about the Tory party more than they do about i) cost of living crisis, ii) decency in office, iii) whether government proposals are legal or not and whatever other reasons the 41% came out with to explain why they were voting no-confidence.

    Liberal Democrat President Mark Pack spoke about what it meant for opposition parties yesterday. The public don’t care about what it means for opposition parties, they care that Tories are knowingly giving the UK an awful leader and government during tough times.

  • Steve Trevethan 7th Jun '22 - 1:06pm

    What is there to prevent all the opposition parties from putting forward a combined motion of no confidence in the current government?

  • @Steve Trevethan – The issue/challenge isn’t the tabling of a motion, but getting sufficient members of Parliament to vote and so carry the motion.
    Obviously, it is advisable that the various parties confer so as to ensure maximum turnout…

  • Brad Barrows 7th Jun '22 - 6:01pm

    The divisions within the Conservative Party have just been exposed by the 211/148 vote on Boris continuing as PM….so the Liberal Democrats table a motion that will force them to reunite in a confidence vote on the government? Not a smart move.

  • Brad – Yes it is. Uniting the Tories in support of the PM, makes the Tory even more toxic, not just him.

  • My comment should be “… makes the Tory brand even more…”

  • Mick Taylor 8th Jun '22 - 8:51am

    I think this is a very stupid idea. Turkey’s don’t vote for Christmas and there is no way a vote of no confidence will carry. Even those Tories who voted to sack Johnson in the 1922 committee will not support a vote which would, in effect, bring down the government. So this is just posturing, even if the speaker actually chooses to accept the motion for debate.
    Let’s just stick to fighting and winning by-elections.

  • I agree with Brad Barrows and Mick Taylor… The Labour motion on the Ministerial code failed to get a single Tory vote in support; they were told to abstain and they did..

    All this NC vote will do is strengthen Johnson..If he can claim that a 211-148 win is a clear mandate to ‘Bash on’ then this will just give him more positive Mail/Express headlines..

  • Barry Lofty 8th Jun '22 - 11:38am

    Naive I know, but I would love to see a government of national unity take power during these extremely troubling times. The Johnson government has lost all credibility in my eyes and any new policy announcements they make are only being made to prolong the career of a disreputable PM, we need people in charge who put the citizens of the UK first and foremost especially now and in near future and particularly people we can trust and respect! I know not much hope of that?

  • Mick Taylor 8th Jun '22 - 3:03pm

    Outside of war time national government have a very poor record. The 1931 national government finished he destruction of the Liberals as a major political force and kept Labour out of power till 1945. The economic policies of that government make today’s austerity look like a Sunday School picnic. Remember, public sector wages were actually cut and millions were out of work and largely relied on charity.
    No national government wanted here. We just need to get rid of the Johnson Tory Government, introduce PR and make sure we can never have such a shabby shower in power again on a minority vote.

  • Andrew Tampion 8th Jun '22 - 4:56pm

    Mick Taylor: “Outside of war time national government have a very poor record.” Isn’t that an argument against not for PR? Under a PR system we would expect almost every government to be a form of national government.

  • Mick Taylor 8th Jun '22 - 7:44pm

    Andrew Tanpion. Name me one country with a PR system that has a national unity government involving all parties? PR will almost certainly lead to coalitions, like in Holland, Austria, most Scandinavian countries Ireland, Belgium and Germany. None of those countries have governments of national unity nor do they want them.

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