Boris Johnson: Expert discusses resignation petition for PM
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Senior members of the Conservative Party are demanding Boris Johnson be reinstated as Tory Party leader and British Prime Minister. Mr Johnson resigned on July 7 following a succession of resignations from his cabinet making his position untenable.
Express.co.uk has learnt that constituency party chairs on the National Convention have written to demand his offer to resign is rejected.
Emails were sent in less than 24 hours after 65 Conservative constituency chairs on the National Convention, which helps decide party rules, were contacted by campaigners wanting to Bring Back Boris
It is understood that at least 10 chairs have written to chairman of the convention Peter Booth demanding a motion is passed to allow Tory members to vote on Mr Johnson being leader.
At least 15,000 Tory members have signed a petition calling for Mr Johnson to stay on as Prime Minister.
Support from more than 10,000 warrants a rule change and the petition set up by Lord Cruddas and David Campbell Bannerman has exceeded this.
Lord Cruddas told Express.co.uk on July 30: “This started being about Boris but has become something much bigger.
“This is about members having a much greater say in the party and a small group of MPs no longer being able to control who is the leader.
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“We now have the 10,000 needed to initiate a change rule. The party has between 28 and 56 days to take action.
“We will be talking next week and it may not be too late to put Boris back on the ballot. The whole competition could end up having to be suspended.”
A Yougov poll from earlier this week showed that 8 percent of members would still choose Mr Johnson over the two leadership hopefuls Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.
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