The former Tory chief whip has written to the chairman of the Conservative 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady calling for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. In his letter, Mr Harper said that having been found guilty of breaking the laws he set, he had concluded Mr Johnson was unable to deliver the “principled leadership” the country needed.
He said the Ministerial Code made clear ministers who knowingly misled Parliament would be expected to resign.
Mr Harper added: “The clearest example of the toxic culture in 10 Downing Street that the Prime Minister fostered was the partying by senior political appointees hours before Her Majesty The Queen laid to rest her beloved husband of 73 years during a period of national mourning.
“Given we now know that the Prime Minister broke the law and there was systemic law-breaking in 10 Downing Street it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the Prime Minister has misled Parliament.
“It is especially at times of international crisis and tensions that our country needs a Prime Minister who commands trust, obeys the law and exemplifies the very values that we are trying to defend.”
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