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Tories Are Agitating to Oust Boris Johnson Behind Closed Doors

  • Focus is back on the 1922 Committee of ‘men in grey suits’
  • Rebels’ options are limited, with rules giving Johnson respite
Boris Johnson
Boris JohnsonPhotographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson describes the failed bid to remove him by rebels in his Conservative Party this month as a “fresh mandate” to carry on. That has frustrated his critics, who are now seeking alternative ways to oust him.

Much of the focus is again on the 1922 Committee of rank-and-file Tory MPs, which oversaw the confidence vote three weeks ago narrowly won by Johnson. Under current rules, he is safe from another challenge for 12 months.