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'Put up or shut up' Christchurch MP Sir Chris Chope tells Boris Johnson critics

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CHRISTCHURCH MP Sir Chris Chope has revealed he voted for Boris Johnson in the confidence ballot last night (Monday) and urged party critics to "put up or shut up".

Sir Chris told the A&T: "It was the right result, as far as I was concerned. We basically have to go onwards and upwards now.

"I would be surprised if [rebel MPs] did not accept the result – it's democracy.

Sir Christopher Chope backed the PM
Sir Christopher Chope backed the PM

"What percentage would an alternative candidate have got? I can't see anyone in the Conservative party who would have got more.

"I would be very disappointed if [Mr Johnson] did not carry on. He tested the water and it's now up to the his critics to put up or shut up, frankly.

"They need to let the elected Prime Minister concentrate on the issues before us, including the war in Ukraine, Brexit and cost of living."

The Conservative leader gained 59% of the votes of Tory MPs after the ballot over his leadership was triggered by enough letters requesting a poll.

Boris Johnson survived the confidence vote (picture: Victoria Jones/PA)
Boris Johnson survived the confidence vote (picture: Victoria Jones/PA)

New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne said he also voted for the PM.

New Forest East MP Julian Lewis did not respond to the A&T's request for comment.

The ballot was initiated after enough Tory MPs wrote letters to the party's backbench 1922 committee requesting a confidence vote.

Mr Johnson won with 211 votes in his favour and 148 against. The party's current rules say he is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year.

Mr Johnson described his win as "decisive" and "very good". Labour opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer accused Tory MPs of "propping up" the Prime Minister.

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