Tory MP tells Commons he has no confidence in Liz Truss

Last Updated: October 19, 2022By Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

William Wragg is the vice-chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee – whose chair, Graham Brady, is responsible for determining whether enough of his fellow MPs have submitted enough letters of ‘no confidence’ to trigger a leadership contest against Liz Truss.

He has told his fellow MPs, in the House of Commons, that he has submitted one such letter himself.

This is hugely significant. As vice-chair of the 1922 Committee, he must be enormously influential. It will therefore be interesting to see how many more such letters his committee chairman will receive now.

And we may well have a yardstick for working this out. In announcing that he has submitted his letter, Mr Wragg said that – despite opposing fracking – he would not vote against the government in the debate on that subject.

He said that, as the government has made the fracking debate a confidence motion in which anybody opposing the line that fracking should be allowed to resume in the UK will be stripped of the Tory whip and expelled from the party, it was in his interests to support the government’s line.

Otherwise his ‘no confidence’ letter would be nullified.

Other Tories, who have also expressed opposition to fracking, may take the same position.

Here’s his speech:

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One Comment

  1. Stu October 19, 2022 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    MP Charles Walker after the “Fracking vote” –
    He added: “I have had enough of talentless people putting their tick in the right box, not because it’s in the national interest but because it’s in their own personal interest to achieve ministerial position.
    “Many of my colleagues are now wondering, as their constituents are now worrying, how they are going to pay their mortgages if this all comes to an end soon.”

    Note the hypocracy of saying PM looking after her own personal interests then saying that MP’s are too.

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