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22nd Apr 2022

Boris Johnson says he will still be PM in October – a dozen Tories want him out

Ava Evans

Boris Johnson will fight on

The prime minister has said he will still be in post later this year despite facing mounting pressure to resign.

So far twelve tory MPs have called on Johnson to resign immediately, while a further six say they would not support him in another general election.

The PM had been speaking during a joint statement with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Asked if he will still be prime minister by the time the UK hopes to firm up a trade deal with India in October, he said: “Yes.”

It comes after Modi earlier said there has been “good progress” on signing a a free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UK .

On Thursday, MPs backed a Labour-led motion to investigate whether Boris Johnson lied the Commons when he denied lockdown rules had been broken during Partygate.

It means the Prime Minister will be referred to the Privileges Committee, which could find him in contempt of Parliament.

Earlier in the day during the debate, two senior tories called for the PM to resign his post – arguing they could no longer defend him to their constituents.

Speaking in the commons, MP Steve Baker said while he originally felt compelled to forgive Boris Johnson, he now feels the “gig is up” and “the prime minister now should be long gone”.

This latest intervention from Steve Baker means a total of 12 MPs are now calling for the PM to go immediately. A further 6 say they support him going into the next election.

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