Boris Johnson faces possible Tory meltdown as six MPs are reportedly planning to DEFECT to Lib Dems if he becomes new party leader
- Rebel group of Tory MPs is set to hold talks with the Liberal Democrats this week
- They may discuss a no-confidence vote against Boris Johnson or even defection
- If they joined the Liberal Democrats, Mr Johnson would be left without a majority
Published: 18:14 EDT, 21 July 2019 | Updated: 19:49 EDT, 21 July 2019
Six Tory MPs may defect to the Liberal Democrats if Boris Johnson is anointed Conservative leader tomorrow, it was claimed yesterday.
The rebel group are due to hold talks with the pro-Remain party this week and could discuss voting against Mr Johnson in a vote of no confidence, The Sunday Times reported.
It is said they could even consider joining the Lib Dems – depriving Mr Johnson of a majority even with the backing of the DUP.
If six Tory MPs defected to the Liberal Democrats then Boris Johnson would be left without a majority
Sir Ed Davey, who served as Lib Dem energy minister in the coalition cabinet with leading Tory remainers, is understood to have been approached by Conservatives desperate to stop Mr Johnson.
It would only take two desertions to wipe out the Tory majority and the Conservatives are also widely expected to lose a seat in an upcoming by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire.
Margot James, who resigned as a culture minister last week to support efforts to stop Parliament being suspended, is thought to be among the group who have discussed defecting.
Yesterday she said she was not considering leaving ‘at the moment’, adding: ‘I want to stay working with this group in the Conservative Party as I do think there’s a chance of getting somewhere.’