The Liberal Democrat leader has warned he could force through a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson in the House of Commons after last night’s attempt. Sir Ed is hoping that the 148 Conservative members of Parliament who don’t have confidence in the current Prime Minister will vote with the Liberal Democrats and other opposition parties. Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News, Sir Ed said: “I think there should be a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, Liberal Democrats are tabling a motion of no confidence in Boris Johnson and, if it can be debated, I hope a lot of those 148 MPs who don’t have confidence in the Prime Minister will vote with the Liberal Democrats and other opposition parties so we can remove this Prime Minister.”
The Liberal Democrat leader also made a comment about the cost of living crisis for families and pensioners.
Sir Ed said: “There are millions of people out there, families and pensioners, who are suffering, they are facing a summer of discontent with rising prices, cost-of-living crisis, energy crisis and now the travel and holiday crisis, we need to see this Prime Minister gone and that is why Liberal Democrats will put forward a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister today.”
It comes as Mr Johnson promised to cut taxes and drive down the cost of Government after a wounding revolt by Tory MPs put his long-term future in doubt.
The Prime Minister thanked Cabinet colleagues for their efforts to support him during the confidence vote process, which saw more than four in 10 Tory MPs say they had lost faith in his leadership.
In an attempt to address criticism of his economic policies, Mr Johnson said the “fundamental Conservative instinct” was to allow people to decide how to spend their money, urging Cabinet ministers to cut costs.
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