Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May in protest at the Chequers plan. He has explained his decision in a letter to constituents via the Yorkshire Post:
“Politics is all about trust and once it is lost it is impossible to win back. Many people have told me that as a result of this they have lost trust in the PM to properly and fully deliver the referendum result. It is with much sadness that I have to say that I have also lost trust in her to deliver the referendum result too. Failure to keep our promise to the electorate will almost certainly lead to the catastrophe of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister and I cannot sit back and allow that to happen. Therefore I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that I have no alternative but to send a letter to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee asking him for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
If 48 such letters are sent a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister amongst Conservative MPs will take place. This is a secret process and people do not need to declare that they have sent such a letter, but I believe you (and my constituents) have the right to know what I do as your local MP and that is why I am writing to let you know. Some of you will agree with my decision and some of you will disagree – I am well aware of that. But you all have a right to know.
I always have to look you all in the eye and tell you that I have done what I believe is right for the country and our Party. This has not been an easy decision and I have agonised over it, but I know in my heart of hearts it is the right decision. I hope that the Conservative Party and I can look forward to your continued support at what I appreciate is a very difficult time.”
Partner of Cabinet minister Esther McVey, who has been silent this week…