Wigan borough's Conservative MPs have their say on Prime Minster's no confidence vote
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has the support of one Wigan borough MP in the upcoming vote of no confidence – while another remains tight-lipped on his opinion.
The threshold of 54 MPs submitting letters to the backbench 1922 Committee to force a vote on Mr Johnson's leadership was passed on Sunday.
The Prime Minister is set to face the secret ballot on Monday between 6pm and 8pm in the House of Commons, with the result expected to be announced about an hour later.
Mr Johnson will have to secure the backing of half his MPs plus one to survive – 180 votes.
Borough MPs have been voicing their opinion on the vote as pressure continues to mount following the Sue Gray report.
Leigh MP James Grundy said: “Call me old fashioned, but I believe that the Prime Minister should be chosen by the British people in a general election, not by some bloke called Rupert and his mates in an oak-panelled gentleman's club in London via an establishment coup. 100 per cent backing Boris.”
Chris Green, whose Bolton West constituency includes Atherton, said: “Many people across the country have been anticipating a leadership challenge and a confidence vote to be held on the Prime Minister.
“The cost of living crisis and parties in Downing Street have upset many people and Conservative MPs feel this too.
“This vote is going to decide the future of our country and is one of the most difficult any MP will face. It is a private ballot and I will vote in accordance, as far as I can determine it, in line with the will of my constituents.”