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Guildford’s MP Says She Will Vote Tonight, ‘No Confidence’ in the Prime Minister

Published on: 6 Jun, 2022
Updated on: 6 Jun, 2022

Angela Richardson and Boris Johnson

By Martin Giles

Guildford’s MP Angela Richardson  will be supporting the no confidence motion in tonight’s vote within the Conservative Parliamentary Party. The vote is to be held between 6pm and 8pm.

Ms Richardson issued her statement on her Facebook account.

She has been reluctant to make her support for Boris Johnson, as leader of the Conservative Party, explicit during the whole “Partygate” saga and consistently said she would await the publication of the full Sue Gray report.

See: ‘Too Little, Too Late’ Says Guildford MP on PM’s Performance After Publication of ‘Partygate’ Report

Even when published she did not say if she would be writing to the chair of the 1922 committee asking for a vote.

But this morning she said:

Angela Richardson’s Facebook statement

It is thought that her vote will reflect the majority view of Conservative members in the Guildford constituency although the only comment against her statement was: “If he goes this will be one vote you will lose in the next election.”

Another said: “Difficult scenario. Hope you gain some credit for putting your head over the parapet. Personally, I am not remotely surprised that Boris has behaved as he has. It was always thus.”

Zoe Franklin

The Lib Dem’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for Guildford, Zöe Franklin, said: “When so many people across Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages are suffering from spiralling bills and a cost of living emergency, we can’t have a Prime Minister just focussed on saving his own skin. 

“Following months of me calling for her to do so, I am pleased to see that Angela Richardson has finally publicly confirmed she will vote to sack Boris Johnson – our country needs strong leadership and we can’t have any more of this nonsense. 

“Of course, it does beg the question – why has she taken so long to question his leadership given his law-breaking and repeated lies to Parliament and to the public?

“The Conservative party is wasting precious time with these internal squabbles. We need an emergency tax cut, not a Westminster soap opera. 

“If Ms Richardson and her colleagues had the courage and decency to act months ago when the rest of the country all knew Boris Johnson had to go, then we wouldn’t be in this mess right now.”

Brian Creese, chair of the Guildford Labour Party.

Guildford Labour Chair, Brian Creese commented: “I am pleased that our MP, Angela Richardson has decided to vote No Confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson. We hope the majority of Tory MPs rediscover their consciences and vote similarly, so the country can start to address the very real problems it is facing at present.

“This government has been not only dishonest and law-breaking but utterly incompetent. We desperately need grown-ups back in charge, and the only way that is going to happen is through a general election which will see Keir Starmer elected as Prime Minister.”

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Responses to Guildford’s MP Says She Will Vote Tonight, ‘No Confidence’ in the Prime Minister

  1. Howard Fisher Reply

    June 6, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    We seem to be seeing a rerun of the previous MP’s late-emerging conscience – and that got her deselected as a Conservative.

    It would be great for the next general election to result in us having an MP for Guildford that, from the outset, truly represents the views of Guildford’s residents.

  2. G Richings Reply

    June 6, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    This is no time to change the leadership of the Conservative party. There are too many much more important things going on in the world. We need a strong leader to help deal with Putin. Who else is there?

    According to the Sue Gray report, Boris knew nothing about his birthday party until he returned to Downing Street that day and was shown into the office and only stayed a short time.

    Being given a ticket in those circumstances seems somewhat unfair when others were not given one. We all make mistakes.

    Yes, he could have shown more control overall but this is not the time for a change. If Putin gets his way we will all suffer and the poorer countries in particular.

  3. Anthony Mallard Reply

    June 7, 2022 at 9:14 am

    There used to be a small theatre at the Trafalgar Square end of Whitehall where Brian Rix put on theatrical farces. I thought it had closed but it hasn’t.

    I learned in the news yesterday evening that it has simply moved to the other end of the street.

  4. David Williams Reply

    June 7, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Does she realise that she is helping Mr Putin?

  5. RWL Davies Reply

    June 7, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    There’s much talent in the Tory parliamentary party ready to take to the pitch when Boris Johnson is subbed.

    Then again, perhaps not.

    Whatever the case it has to be a “back him or sack him” before the end of June.

    And, if he’s subbed, it’s a matter of “be careful what you wish for”. For the Tory party it’ll probably end in tears.

    Allowing a vote of no confidence every twelve months is utter nonsense that’ll divide the Tories even more.

  6. Ross Connell Reply

    June 9, 2022 at 8:41 am

    This is the same Angela Richardson who, prior to the 2019 election, signed the allegiance commitment to Boris Johnson and who is still an arch Brexiteer. “Too little, too late”. The Lib Dem will win the seat in the next election.

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