Why is Boris Johnson staging a confidence vote in his government?

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The caretaker administration will submit itself a vote of no confidence after Labor’s motion failed

The Conservative government will submit itself to a vote of no confidence.

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In a bizarre move, the caretaker government – which has been in office since Boris Johnson intended to step down – announced that the vote of no confidence would only refer to the government and not to Mr Johnson himself.

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But why did Tory MPs decide to do so, what was said on the situation and when will the vote take place?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

Boris Johnson, who has announced his resignation as Prime Minister and Tory leader, has staged a vote of no confidence in his government – but why? (Image credit: Getty Images)

Why did the Tory government table a vote of no confidence in itself?

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In a move that may baffle some, the decision to table the vote of confidence actually comes after a similar Labor motion failed to make it through the chamber.

Ministers have argued Labor used the proposed vote to “play politics” by including the Prime Minister in the motion as he had already announced his resignation and would therefore be wasting “valuable parliamentary time”.

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In response to Labor’s election attempt, Tory ministers offered to cast their own ballot, but only in government itself.

A government spokeswoman said: “Workers had the option of submitting a simple no-confidence vote to the government under the Convention, but decided against it.

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“To remedy that, we are making a motion that will give the House a chance to decide whether it has confidence in the Government.

“Government will always set aside time for proper housekeeping while ensuring that it conducts parliamentary business to improve people’s daily lives.”

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What happens in the vote of confidence?

The vote will ask whether “this House has confidence in Her Majesty’s Government”.

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Although that is expected to happen as the Conservatives currently hold a Labor majority of 78, a failure of the vote could trigger a general election.

When does the voting take place?

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The vote will be conducted by Mr Johnson in the House of Commons.

It is expected to take place on Monday, July 18th.

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What was said about the vote of confidence?

While the Tory government hopes to quash any opposition votes of confidence, Labor has criticized the move, saying the government is “concerned” it would lose the original vote.

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A Labor spokesman said: “The motion we tabled was fine, the staff ruled it fine, we had a precedent based on the 1965 no-confidence vote with Ted Heath and Harold Wilson.

“If the government wants to make a different request, that is of course their business.

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“But it is clear that the government was concerned that they would lose the vote on the motion we tabled, otherwise why are they bringing this alternative motion on Monday?”

They added that a number of Tory MPs who had criticized Mr Johnson for temporarily staying in power until the next leader was elected should “vote accordingly”, saying: “We look forward to the dozens.” by Conservative MPs who have already expressed no confidence in Boris Johnson in writing to vote accordingly next week, because to do otherwise would be brazen hypocrisy.”

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Alternatively, the Liberal Democrats have backed the re-submission of a redrafted version of Labor’s motion, with party leader Wendy Chamberlain adding: “These are desperate tactics by the Conservatives trying to evade scrutiny to shore up Boris Johnson .

“Conservative MPs risk a major public backlash if they refuse to support this motion.”

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