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Christian MP speaks of prayers for guidance as he weighs up support for Boris Johnson

by Donna Birrell

A Christian MP says he has given himself until Friday to decide whether to submit a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

Sir Gary Streeter, who is the Conservative MP for South West Devon is praying for God to guide him to make the right decision after the Sue Gray report revealed that 12 gatherings in Number 10 and the Cabinet office were being investigated by the Police.

Speaking to Premier, Sir Gary said integrity and truth must be at the heart of politics.

"It's very serious. I am grappling with the issue of weighing up all of this and deciding whether or not I should put a letter into the 1922 Committee saying I have no confidence in the Prime Minister, or whether it's right to give him one more chance. 

"The key issue for me is that our parliamentary democracy relies upon integrity being at its very heart. When the man or woman at the top comes to the dispatch box and says something we all have to know that it's the truth. Otherwise there would be consequences if someone misleads the house or isn't telling the absolute truth.  So that's something that I'm grappling with - to see whether that's been what's happening, or whether something less than that has been happening. 

"The issue of integrity must be at the heart of government. There has been so much pain and sacrifice and suffering by the British people during lockdown and to see that the rule-makers had a dozen gatherings in Downing Street - when I can remember not seeing my mum for weeks and weeks and she was on her own - all of us have got a little story of sacrifice and pain.

"To think that the people at the top were not strictly adhering to the letter and the spirit of the law. Balancing all these things is not easy. These big decisions can't be made lightly, but on the other hand, you can't sit on the fence all the time. By the end of this week, I will have made a decision and acted accordingly."

A number of MPs say they're waiting for Sue Gray's full report to decide on whether to support the Prime Minister's leadership. 

Boris Johnson met Tory MPs after the debate in the House of Commons to reassure them about his leadership and promised to shake-up the way business is conducted in Number 10.

The influential 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers - an 18 member executive committee - needs to receive 54 letters of no confidence from Tory MPs in order to trigger a no-confidence vote in the Prime Minister.

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