Conservative lawmakers who organized the campaign to topple Theresa May are preparing anew to bring down Boris Johnson in party elections.
Steve Baker hopes that a seat on the executive of the powerful 1922 Committee of Backbenchers will allow him to change the rules to allow for another no-confidence vote if necessary.
The serial rebel described the prime minister’s condition as “unbearable” if he had lied to parliament over the scandal of the No. 10 parties, many of which he participated in.
He added: “If he does not resign under those circumstances, it may prove necessary to take action to remove him. It is one thing to make a mistake unintentionally, but to mislead intentionally is intolerable. ,
Mr Baker said: “We must not change the rules and vote again lightly. However, there are far-sighted circumstances in which 1922 may need to be acted upon.”
The former head of the European research group of pro-Brexit lawmakers also warned Mr Johnson against calling a snap general election to avoid resignation – a view that was followed by No.
“If the Prime Minister tries to avoid publication of the Privileges Committee report by calling a general election, it may require action,” he said. many times,
independent It is learned that the election of the new 18-strong executive is set to take place on 13 July – a fight broke out between supporters and opponents of the prime minister.
The party’s rules currently block a second no-confidence vote within 12 months – which would mean until next June, after badly hurt Mr Johnson won a vote earlier this month – but they could be changed.
Mr Baker played a key role in the events that forced Mrs May’s resignation in 2019, by rallying hardline Tory lawmakers to continue opposing her Brexit deal in the last meaningful vote.
He told them that he was “consumed by a brutal rage after that pantomime of sycophancy and bullying”, describing attempts to line backbenchers.
The pressure on Mr Johnson is very different – focusing primarily on his character’s failures and honesty rather than a specific policy conflict – but still very real.
He fueled Tory anger by floating the idea of staying in power until 2030, rejecting calls for a change of style, and insisting on criticism that “doesn’t matter”.
Senior lawmakers said after the prime minister mocked the idea of undergoing a “psychological change” to recover from the disastrous defeat in the by-elections: “It is not going to happen.”
1922 Only backbenchers can serve on the committee’s executive – and ministers and whips are not allowed to vote in elections.
Mr Baker said it should be “slow to replace well-established rules that promote political stability, but quick and firm to act if it proves necessary”, telling fellow Tories: “That’s what I hope to provide.”