LUDLOW MP Philip Dunne voted against Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the no confidence vote.

Mr Dunne, a former Defence Procurement Minister and Health Minister said it is now up to Mr Johnson to show that he is worthy of the confidence of the party.

“Like all other Conservative MPs eligible, I voted in Monday’s confidence motion,” said Mr Dunne.

“I had not submitted a letter calling for a vote as I felt there was not a majority of Conservative MPs likely to express no confidence in the Prime Minister. So it proved.

“Faced with a vote of no confidence, I decided to vote against the Prime Minister. His leadership has been buffeted by many challenges, too many self-inflicted. I believe we need to restore integrity, rebuild competence and refresh our vision to meet the significant difficulties which lie ahead for our country.

“But the result was clear, that a majority of the Conservative parliamentary party still feel the Prime Minister is the right person to lead this Government.

“He may be able to draw a line under current concerns, and he now has another opportunity to prove to me, and the other 41 per cent of Conservative MPs with sufficient reservations to have voted against him, that he is willing to change and act accordingly. I sincerely hope he does so.”