New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne backs Boris Johnson in confidence vote
NEW Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne maintained his support for Boris Johnson by backing him in last night's (Monday) confidence vote.
The Conservative leader gained 59% of the votes of Tory MPs after the ballot over his leadership was triggered.
Sir Desmond told the A&T this morning: "I voted for the PM. The result of the ballot was decisive: major decisions have been taken on much slender margins, not least the last referendum.
"Boris now needs to get on with the agenda for which he was elected in 2019.
"We are only halfway through the parliament. He will be judged at the end of it."
The A&T has asked for comment from New Forest East MP Julian Lewis and Christchurch MP Sir Chris Chope.
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.