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Suffolk MPs Tom Hunt and Thérèse Coffey issue statements ahead of vote of confidence in Boris Johnson



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Tom Hunt and Thérèse Coffey are the first two MPs in Suffolk to speak out ahead of the vote of confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

A vote has been triggered for this evening after enough letters - 54 are needed - were submitted to trigger the process.

The vote will take place in Westminster between 6pm and 8pm today with the result expected to be announced soon after.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a vote of confidence this evening. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a vote of confidence this evening. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Thérèse Coffey, Suffolk Coastal MP and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has offered her support to the Prime Minister, stating he 'has got the big calls right'.

In a post on Twitter, she said: "I'm voting for the Prime Minister today and call upon my colleagues to do so too.

"PM has got the big calls right - Covid, Ukraine, jobs, levelling up mission, cost of living help and he got Brexit done.

Thérèse Coffey. Picture: UK Parliament official portraits 2017
Thérèse Coffey. Picture: UK Parliament official portraits 2017

"Let's focus on delivering our manifesto that got us an 80 seat majority."

Tom Hunt, MP for Ipswich, said: "The Prime Minister was elected with a significant democratic mandate.

"Since then, a lot has happened. Many of the big calls the PM has got right. Broke the Brexit impasse, behind one of the worlds most successful vaccine roll outs, first class leadership on Ukraine.

"What happened in Number 10, detailed in the Sue Gray report, was unacceptable. We will all come our own conclusions about the importance we want to place on all these developments. And form an opinion in the round. I do not underestimate the anger many feel.

MP Tom Hunt. Picture: Houses of Parliament
MP Tom Hunt. Picture: Houses of Parliament

"However, one way or another, it’s my view that it will be the people that determine the outcome of all of this and the Prime Minister’s fate, at an election.

"In meantime, like many colleagues, desperately concerned about impact of cost of living on the most vulnerable and the small factor of war in Europe. A war that has profound consequences for our own country. This is where the Government’s focus should be. It’s where Parliament’s focus should be."

James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk, has reiterated the statement he issued in support of the Prime Minister in April.

He said: "If we are talking about so important a decision as the leadership of a democratically elected Prime Minister, we must weigh up both sides of the ledger and take a balanced view.

"Set against the above, and given the Covid context, I would particularly stress that – in my view – the Prime Minister got the big calls right, not least on the vaccine.

"With different leadership and different choices, we may have spent even longer in lockdown, with all the consequences that would have implied. I was certainly relieved when the PM made the right call this winter to not have a further lockdown."