Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, voted to bring an end to the UK Tory Government in a vote of no confidence this week.
Whilst Boris Johnson resigned as Prime Minister two weeks ago, months after Labour first called for his resignation, he plans to stay on as a caretaker Prime Minister until the new Tory leader is announced on 5th September.
After speaking out about Boris Johnson’s unsuitability for office, the vote of no confidence would have challenged Tory MPs to stick to their words and put the country first. Instead they decided to enable Boris Johnson to cling on to power until a new leader is elected.
The UK Tory Government blocked Labour’s attempt to table the no confidence vote because it cited the Prime Minister. Despite historical precedent showing this has been done in the past and the sitting government of the time giving time for the debate and vote. In a bizarre turn of events, the UK Tory Government then tabled its own vote of no confidence.
The vote of no confidence was defeated 349 to 238 because Tory MPs supported the Prime Minister staying in office.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“Boris Johnson cannot be trusted, and despite resigning last week he still clings to power with the ability to do whatever he pleases. This is not good for our country and that is why I backed Labour’s attempt to table a no confidence vote to bring down this UK government and trigger a General Election. We need to move on from the sleaze and scandal of the last 12 years.
Ministers have proudly told the country how they will be binding the hands of the Prime Minister so he cannot take decisions for these eight weeks. But if he cannot be trusted to remain in a position of power he should be removed. Labour’s vote of no confidence was designed to ensure we have a capable and compassionate government once more at a UK level.
As MPs it’s crucial that we always act within the best interest of our constituents. It’s time for Tory MPs to think of the country’s best interests first and act according to their words. It’s what the public deserves. It’s what Ogmore expects.”