Graham Brady reportedly set to announce vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson by Tory MPs
Sir Graham Brady is speaking to reporters now.
He confirms what was in the statement he sent out earlier.
He says the result will be announced “shortly” after the ballot closes at 8pm.
Arrangements will be in place for Tory MPs needing proxy votes.
He says he told Boris Johnson yesterday that the threshold had been reached. They agreed the vote should take place as soon as possible.
He refuses to say how many letters he received.
Asked when the threshold was reached, he says it is complicated, because some MPs said they only wanted their letter to be effective from the end of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Tory MPs have been told, if they take a picture of their ballot paper, their vote will be invalid, ITV’s Anushka Asthana reports. Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the Conservative 1922 Committee, has stressed this to ensure that MPs do not come under pressure from No 10 to produce evidence that they actually did vote for Boris Johnson.
In the past Tory prime ministers have often found that the number of MPs saying they will support them in a leadership contest, or a no confidence ballot, is not the same as the number who actually do.
This is from Ed Davey, the Lib Dem leader. He is echoing the line used by Labour’s Wes Streeting (see 10.09am), who also said Tory MPs should remove their leader.
At one point opinion was divided within the Labour party as to whether it was in their best interests for Johnson to go, or whether Labour would do better at the next election if Johnson were remain in office. Now the evidence is clearer that Johnson is a huge liability for his party. James Johnson, a pollster who used to work for Theresa May in Downing Street, explained why yesterday in a Twitter thread starting here on polling from Wakefield, where a byelection is taking place later this month.