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Tory rebels use tactics to derail Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson willing to go ahead with trust vote, while showing win on paper For them, a deeply divided Conservative Party is revealed.

Choppy waters lie ahead for the prime minister and his government, whose ambitious legislative agenda is now fueled by Tory lawmakers planning to revolt by vote strikes or other means.

At the time of writing, the government has a 75-seat executive majority, a much stronger position than Theresa May’s government after the 2019 trust vote. Nevertheless, divisions within the party are clear – 148 lawmakers voted against Johnson. Their number is four times the number needed to wipe out a government’s majority on many issues. While some of them will go back to being rebel loyalists, others will not.

Those rebels determined to continue their hostilities have suggested that they participate in a vote strike, by which they abstain from important votes. A government with a 75-seat majority can deal with the absence of 74 MPs, but if it happens collectively it will be a government defeat, especially if those on vote strike combine with those who voted against key pieces of the law. We do.

This course of action is likely to be limited. Doing it once has an effect, but each time it loses its value. This also increases the risk of their whip being removed. With a majority of 75, the prime minister cannot afford to lose too many MPs, but he certainly has the power to send a message to many of them.

deal or No deal

Rather than vote strike, bargaining is most likely to become the dominant legislative game in the House of Commons. Instead of trying to defeat the law outright, lawmakers are likely to bargain for their support. Important changes in bills, And there are plenty of lawmakers to be happy about – 148 rebels are effectively worth four times the government’s majority, as each rebel’s vote is worth two if they switch from voting to voting against the government.

The first piece of legislation these rebel MPs are likely to set aside is an upcoming bill designed to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol. This is likely to provoke parliamentarians who are concerned about Britain’s potential breaking of international law and who are concerned about the law’s impact on Northern Ireland. more widely,



Read more: Conservative Party: Who are the rebels and why do you want Boris Johnson?


While MPs will not rebel on every issue, rebellion has the potential to derail many policy areas on multiple fronts. The rebels are not a cohesive group and there are some issues that unite them, other than that there is no confidence in the leadership of the prime minister. The rebels are a mixture of Remainers and Brexiteers and include all wings of the party, as well as different intakes (2019, 2017, 2015, 2010 and beyond). Whips will struggle to flog these rebel lawmakers when it comes time to vote – and given their divided nature, rebels may even struggle to organize themselves.

One advantage of having a non-cohesive group of rebels is that the government can try to play them against each other, but there are costs involved. For example, succumbing to the demands of one particular group may well enrage another. There is also the possibility that normally loyal MPs will dive into the bargaining frenzy and at the same time avoid missing out on the concessions they seek.

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It is important to remember that the government does not have a majority in the House of Lords and their lords are set to test the government on certain amendments. Research shows that the government lost 128 times at Lord’s in the last parliamentary session that ended in May 2022.

When deciding which battles to fight, the Lords are usually interested in how an issue has been received in the House of Commons. If the government is faced with a low majority on a particular issue or amendment, the Lords allow them to reconsider, to re-insert it and send it back to the House of Commons (in the hope that the government will accept it). Will happen) . If the House of Commons becomes more rebellious, the Lords will probably become even more assertive. Here, the government will be fighting a battle in both houses, and the rebels in the Commons will probably coordinate with their peers to get what they want.

stay the course

The situation would require a strong whipping system, not only for MPs to vote how the leadership wants them, but also in terms of listening to the concerns of backbenchers and using their usual tactics to report them back to the leadership. . Whipping is a two-way street – and whips must choose their fight accordingly.

The government would also be wise to use backbench policy committees to seek the opinion of backbenchers before bringing in legislation, so it knows what the key areas of competition will be.

These potential solutions, as well as revolts from lawmakers, are likely to slow down the legislative process, and some bills will inevitably get bogged down. So the government’s ambition to introduce 38 Bills in Parliament this session looks even more optimistic than before the trust vote. To navigate these choppy waters, the government needs to be ready to compromise. This will be at the behest of conservative backbenchers for the foreseeable future.

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