Boris Johnson news latest: Labour to call confidence motion today in bid to oust PM


Graham Brady confirms new prime minister will be revealed on 5 September

Sir Keir Starmer will table a motion of no confidence in Boris Johnson’s government today, as Labour seeks to foil his plans to remain in No 10 until the Tory leadership race concludes in September.

With just hours left on Tuesday morning for candidates to secure the requisite number of supporters to appear on the ballot, recently-appointed education secretary James Cleverly accused Rishi Sunak of acting like a Labour chancellor, as the latter prepared to launch his campaign.

Mr Sunak is the only candidate not to pledge tax cuts on gaining office, though he later said he would bring cuts once inflation was brought under control.

Following a vote deciding the membership of the powerful 1922 Committee executive on Monday, chair Sir Graham Brady announced that the new prime minister will be revealed on 5 September.

Candidates will be whittled down to two by several rounds of voting among MPs before the vote goes to the Tory membership. The first vote by MPs will take place on Wednesday, Sir Graham said.


Shapps and Raab back Sunak

Transport secretary Grant Shapps pulled out of the race and is backing former chancellor Rishi Sunak to replace Boris Johnson.

Dominic Raab is currently onstage at Mr Sunak’s campaign launch pledging his support.


Alongside Rishi Sunak, Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat are also outlining their bid to run for the leadership.


Tory leadership hopefuls peddling ‘populist nonsense’ with tax cut promises, Ken Clarke says

Ken Clarke has said that Tory leadership hopefuls should stop coming out with “populist nonsense” about tax cuts, our policy correspondent Jon Stone reports.

The former chancellor said he would love to see taxes coming down but that the economy was clearly not able to support them now.


Here’s a view from inside the room at Rishi Sunak’s campaign launch:


Nadhim Zahawi insists cutting taxes ‘isn’t a fairytale’

As Rishi Sunak prepares to take the stage for his campaign launch, our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has more details on the disagreement from his successor Nadhim Zahawi over his fairly central message that instant tax-cutting is a “fairytale”.


Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries back ‘Brexiteer’ Liz Truss – who voted to Remain

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries – both ultra-loyalists to Boris Johnson – have given their backing to Liz Truss.

The culture secretary is reported to have described the foreign secretary, who campained to remain in the EU, as “probably a stronger Brexiteer than both of us”, to which Mr Rees-Mogg is said to have agreed.


Tory candidates urged to ‘take air pollution really seriously’

Tory leadership candidates must “take air pollution really seriously”, the mother of a London schoolgirl who died after exposure to toxic air has warned.

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, whose daughter Ella was nine years old when she suffered a fatal asthma attack in 2013 – the first in the UK to be accepted by a coroner as being linked to severe air pollution – criticised Conservative leadership hopefuls for dismissing environmental issues, with contenders having been either silent on the climate or suggesting rowing back on green policies.

Ms Adoo-Kissi-Debrah warned candidates: “Stop putting this message out there, that you will get rid of green issues like air pollution,” Ms Adoo-Kissi-Debrah said, pointing out that the net zero target was in the Conservative manifesto in 2019 and was linked to efforts to tackle air pollution.

“Your premiership will fail catastrophically because it’s breaking the health service.”


Journalists are making their way to Rishi Sunak’s leadership campaign launch, amid speculation that Dominic Raab could possibly announce his support of the former chancellor.


Sunak to vow to ‘steer country through these headwinds’ as he launches bid

As he launches his leadership campaign, Rishi Sunak is expected to defend his record as chancellor while seeking to make a virtue of his willingness to confront difficult economic realities in the wake of the pandemic.

“We need a return to traditional Conservative economic values – and that means honesty and responsibility, not fairytales,” he will say.

“I have had to make some of the most difficult choices in my life when I was chancellor, in particular how to deal with our debt and borrowing after Covid.

“I have never hidden away from those, and I certainly won’t pretend now that the choices I made, and the things I voted for, were somehow not necessary. Whilst this may be politically inconvenient, it is the truth.

“My message to the party and the country is simple: I have a plan to steer our country through these headwinds. Once we have gripped inflation, I will get the tax burden down. It is a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’.”


Penny Mordaunt claims she can break SNP’s ‘yellow wall’ in Scotland

Penny Mordaunt has claimed she has what it takes to break the SNP’s “yellow wall”, as she made her leadership pitch to members in Scotland.

Writing in the Scottish Daily Mail, she said she would dodge any questions about holding another referendum on Scottish independence, claiming she was “against playing on the SNP’s turf”.

She also said the party should set the ambition to “beat the nationalists one day” using a “positive vision, unity of purpose and record of delivery”, adding: “I can be a prime minister that wins votes across Scotland, the yellow wall, the red wall, blue wall and the entire United Kingdom.

“I want to be campaigning just as hard in Peterhead as in Portsmouth North, my own constituency. I firmly believe my positive vision for all of our United Kingdom can overcome the SNP’s relentless push to split up Scotland. I hope you will join me on the journey.”

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