Labour’s Angela Rayner steps up threat to call confidence vote in Commons unless PM quits No10 NOW

Labour facing its OWN leadership contest as Beergate fine looms: Angela Rayner admits she and Keir Starmer could be gone ‘very quickly’ after both vowed to resign if police issue them with a fixed penalty notice

  • Angela Rayner steps up Labour threat of confidence vote in House of Commons 
  • She says party will push vote to force out PM if Tories don’t ‘get act together’ 
  • But Labour deputy admits she and Keir Starmer could be replaced ‘very quickly’
  • Both are still awaiting a verdict from Durham Constabulary over Beergate row 

Labour deputy Angela Rayner today stepped up a threat to force a confidence vote in the Government if Boris Johnson does not leave Number 10 immediately.

She called on Tory MPs to ‘get their act together’ and hasten the Prime Minister’s exit, or face a Labour effort to bring down the Government if they don’t.

But Ms Rayner was forced to admit that both herself and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer might not be around to see through that threat.

With both having pledged to resign if they are found to have broken Covid rules over their Beergate row, Ms Rayner acknowledged that she and Sir Keir could be replaced ‘very quickly’.

The Labour duo sent back a questionnaire about the boozy curry to police three weeks ago, with expectations that Durham Constabulary will announce a decision imminently.

It leaves open the prospect of a Labour leadership contest being run simultaneously to the battle to become Mr Johnson’s replacement as Tory leader. 

Sir Keir Starmer is still facing the prospect of being fined by police over his Beergate row. He has promised to resign as Labour leader if that happens

Sir Keir Starmer is still facing the prospect of being fined by police over his Beergate row. He has promised to resign as Labour leader if that happens

Angela Rayner stepped up Labour's threat to call a confidence vote in the House of Commons

Angela Rayner stepped up Labour's threat to call a confidence vote in the House of Commons

Labour deputy Angela Rayner stepped up the party’s threat to call a confidence vote in the House of Commons

Boris Johnson intends to carry on as a 'caretaker' PM for the time being, while a new Conservative leader is chosen to succeed him

Boris Johnson intends to carry on as a ‘caretaker’ PM for the time being, while a new Conservative leader is chosen to succeed him

After seeing swathes of Tory MPs and ministers desert him in a tumultuous 48-hour period, the PM yesterday announced his resignation.

But he intends to carry on as a ‘caretaker’ PM for the time being, while a new Conservative leader is chosen to succeed him.

It means Mr Johnson could remain in Downing Street for many weeks yet. 

This has angered Tory critics who want him to go immediately – with some touting Deputy PM Dominic Raab as an interim replacement. 

Labour are now effectively daring those Tory rebels to take action. 

Sir Keir has vowed to bring forward a confidence motion in the House of Commons if Mr Johnson does not vacate No10 swiftly.

By convention, the Government always accepts a demand from the Leader of the Opposition for a confidence motion.

Should the Government then lose a vote on that motion, it would likely trigger a general election.

Ms Rayner told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘If the Conservatives don’t get their act together and get rid of Boris Johnson – you know, he’s got no confidence of his own party.

‘He’s a proven liar who’s engulfed in sleaze and we can’t have another couple of months of this.

‘So they do have to get rid of him, and if they don’t, we will call a no confidence vote because it’s pretty clear – he hasn’t got the confidence of the House or the British public.’

But the Labour deputy also admitted she and Sir Keir could soon be gone from the  top of their party if they are issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice by police over Beergate.

Ms Rayner said she and Sir Keir would not appeal if they are found to have broken Coronavirus rules by Durham Constabulary, adding: ‘We’ll accept the findings.’

Labour Party could replace her and Sir Keir ‘very quickly’ if they are forced to resign, Ms Rayner acknowledged.

‘Our procedures would be that the NEC would delegate the timetable, but we’ve got a host of talent in our party that could step forward, because we are one team and we are a government-in-waiting,’ she said.

Despite their attempts to hasten Mr Johnson’s exit as PM, Labour risk uniting the Tories if they do push through a confidence vote.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who is among those who demanded Mr Johnson resign, has branded Sir Keir’s plan as ‘futile’ as he insisted Conservatives would be unlikely to topple their own Government and force a general election.

He told LBC: ‘Every time Labour try and put confidence votes on the Conservatives all it does is force Conservatives to line up behind Boris Johnson.

‘It would be futile. The last thing the country needs is a general election.’

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