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Moray MP Douglas Ross set to back motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson


By Ewan Malcolm

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DOUGLAS Ross says he will vote to remove Boris Johnson as Prime Minister during tonight's confidence vote.

Douglas Ross will back the motion of no confidence. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Douglas Ross will back the motion of no confidence. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

MPs will vote in Committee Room 10 between 6pm and 8pm tonight after the threshold of 54 MPs calling for the vote was met on Sunday.

Moray's MP had previously submitted a letter of no-confidence in the Prime Minister and called for his resignation following the Partygate scandal.

Mr Ross subsequently withdrew the letter following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Despite Mr Ross not re-submitting that letter he has indicated that he will support the motion of no confidence in Mr Johnson.

In statement posted on Twitter, Mr Ross said: "While war in Europe continues and the UK Government is providing such strong support to President Zelenskyy and the people of Ukraine, the timing of this vote is far from ideal.

"However, while I've not sought to bring this vote about this time, it is now going ahead tonight, and I've had to consider how to vote on behalf of my constituents.

"I do so knowing there are vocal opinions on both sides of this argument, an argument that has dominated much of the political discussion for many months.

"The Prime Minister can be proud of many of the successes his government have led on, particularly the Covid vaccine and the furlough scheme.

"However, I have heard loud and clear the anger at the breaking of Covid rules that we all did our best to follow, and even more so at the statements to Parliament from the Prime Minister on this topic.

"Having listened closely to people in Moray who reelected me to represent them, and from many people across Scotland, now that this confidence vote is upon us, I cannot in good faith support Boris Johnson.

"My vote tonight will support the motion of no confidence."

A majority of Tory MPs, 180, will have to back the motion of no confidence for the Prime Minister to be removed from office.

His fate will be known at 9pm tonight.



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