Following the result of last night’s vote, the Prime Minister has a one-year grace period before he can be subject to a further vote of confidence. That is a window to win back Conservative MPs and win back the voters that delivered the PM a landslide in 2019. I do not believe that changing the confidence vote rules to enable further or repeat confidence votes is a sustainable way forward, nor would the electorate thank us for it.
I want to see the Government prioritise a radical tax cutting agenda to relieve the pressure on my constituents’ household budgets. I am concerned that there is too much short-termism in policymaking and would welcome a return to a more conservative approach to the problems this nation faces and a focus on growth. Not every problem can be solved by tax and spend.
It is also crucial that the Government finds a decisive solution to the issues around the Northern Ireland protocol and Brexit and continues to support those most under pressure from the rising cost of living.
These are not insignificant challenges, and it is important we see decisive action from No 10. We need a serious government for serious times.
If at the end of the one-year grace period a significant number of MPs continue to have no confidence in the Prime Minister’s leadership, then it would be right to put the matter to the people and hold a general election.