TWO North East MPs have issued statements following the announcement that prime minister Boris Johnson is set to face a no confidence vote tonight.

MP for Redcar and Cleveland, Jacob Young, has announced that he will be supporting the Prime Minister tonight and he has his “full confidence.”

Mr Young has pointed towards the PM’s decisions on Brexit, Covid and support for Ukraine in his statement, as well as his belief that Boris “cares about Teesside, I believe, more than any prime minsters has in history.”

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He added: “He has supported us all the way with investment in our town centres, in bringing the civil service jobs to Darlo and in creating the UKs largest Freeport right here.

Meanwhile, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Simon Clarke, also put his support by Boris saying that he “delivered Brexit” and delivered “the fastest vaccine roll-out.”

In a longer statement on his Twitter, Mr Clarke said the PM had shown “real leadership both to restore our freedoms last summer and to prevent lockdown last Christmas with omicron.”

The MP also pointed out that Johnson had “spearheaded the west’s response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, providing weapons and strong moral support.”

He added: “He has won every major election he has fought because he is a politician with the capacity both to inspire and to deliver.

“With Covid overcome, we have over two years to return to our core moral and economic mission of levelling up life chances across the UK.”

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Both Simon Clarke and Jacob Young decided not to offer up any comments to The Northern Echo when asked to do so this morning.

The PM will face a vote of no confidence tonight between 6pm and 8pm tonight, the result of which will be announced soon after.

Sir Graham, head of the 1922 Committee, announced in a statement that the threshhold for a vote of no confidence had been "exceeded."

He added: "The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.

“In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 TODAY MONDAY 6th JUNE — details to be confirmed.

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“The votes will be counted immediately afterwards. An announcement will be made at a time to be advised. Arrangements for the announcement will be released later today.”

The Northern Echo has approached other Conservative MPs in the North East and North Yorkshire for comment.


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