Boris Johnson news – live: Senior Tory calls for confidence vote ahead of PM’s apology over Partygate fine

Conservative former minister Tobias Ellwood says Boris Johnson should “show leadership” by giving MPs the chance to back him in a vote of confidence.

Asked about the ongoing Partygate saga, which last week saw the prime minister fined for breaching his own coronavirus laws, Mr Ellwood told BBC Breakfast that now was the time for a vote on Mr Johnson’s future as leader.

“Unfortunately, many, many MPs continue to be very numbed by this, very, very concerned by where we’re going,” he said, adding: “If I was the prime minister, I would show leadership here, recognise this requires crisis management as such, and say that ‘these are difficult times, I will give you the opportunity to support me through an actual vote of confidence’.”

It comes as Mr Johnson is expected to make a “full-throated apology” to MPs on Monday in his first statement to the Commons since he was fined by the Metropolitan Police for attending a birthday bash, thrown in his honour, in the Cabinet room in June 2020 while strict coronavirus restrictions were in place.

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