Boris Johnson is to face a vote of no confidence on Monday evening after the threshold of 54 letters from Conservative MPs seeking his departure was reached.
The confidence vote on Boris Johnson’s leadership follows months of criticism over lockdown parties in Downing Street. Here are the key recent developments:
The PM was fined £50 in April for attending a rule-breaking birthday party – for himself – in June 2020.
This was followed by poor results for the Conservatives in local elections in early May.
The report by senior civil servant Sue Gray on Downing Street parties – published in late May – found a drunken culture, including staff being sick, and abuse of cleaning and security workers.
She also said warnings that gatherings could be illegal had been ignored.
Johnson said he took “full responsibility for everything that took place on my watch” and had been “humbled by the whole experience”.
But he ruled out quitting, saying he wanted to “keep moving forward”.
However, at least 54 Tory MPs – 15% of the parliamentary Conservative Party – have declared they have no confidence in Johnson, prompting today’s vote on his future.