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Tory MP tells Commons he has no confidence in Liz Truss

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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Fracking debate becomes confidence vote in Liz Truss and her government

House of Commons: will the result of the fracking ‘confidence vote’ see as many people crammed into the chamber?

Did you notice this, from Prime Minister’s Questions?

It refers to an Opposition Day debate on fracking, brought by Labour, to ban the extraction of shale gas by that method.

According to the BBC, a message has been circulated to Conservative MPs, saying: “This is a confidence motion in the government.”

Tories who oppose fracking have been told to support the government line – that fracking is back on the agenda – or face being expelled from the Parliamentary party.

But what if significant numbers of them defy the demand?

If it is being taken as a confidence motion in the Truss government – an administration that has lost all authority with the loss of all its policies on Monday – then who will be around to expel all the Tories voting against her, if she loses?

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