Labour to push for no confidence vote that could trigger general election

Labour will today push to hold a no confidence vote in the government to remove Boris Johnson from Number 10 and potentially trigger a general election.

The party wants the vote to take place in the Commons tomorrow, rather than allowing the prime minister to stay in post while the Conservatives elect a new leader.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer first revealed he wanted to seek such a vote last week after Mr Johnson was forced to announce his departure from Downing Street following a raft of ministerial resignations over his handling of disgraced MP Chris Pincher.

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At the time, opposition parties, including the SNP and Liberal Democrats, revealed they would back the vote – but it would need some Tory MPs to support it for the motion to go through.

A number of Conservatives spoke out last week about Mr Johnson while his successor is chosen and called for his immediate removal.

But now the backbench 1922 committee has confirmed its timetable for the leadership election, with a new PM set to be named on 5 September, dissenting voices have grown quieter, meaning Labour is unlikely to secure its plan.

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