TWO more Tory MPs confirmed last night they had submitted letters calling for Boris Johnson to go.
And a third said the PM should trigger a confidence vote to put the Partygate saga to bed once and for all.
One resignation call came from former attorney general Jeremy Wright, who said lockdown breaking in Downing Street have caused “real and lasting damage” to the Government’s authority.
Elliot Colburn, newbie MP for Carshalton and Wallington, confirmed he has submitted a letter too.
Nickie Aiken suggested Mr Johnson should submit himself to a confidence vote to end speculation.
Meanwhile a fourth Tory MP, Andrew Bridgen, confirmed he had put a letter back into backbench boss Sir Graham Brady after withdrawing it during when Russia invaded Ukraine.
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At least 26 Tories now say they want a vote of all Conservative MPs.
Rebel leader Tobias Ellwood said some colleagues were “in denial” to looming Election defeat if Mr Johnson stays in No10.
But as tensions in Westminster mounted, one ally of the PM branded his critics a “bunch of armchair generals making watery criticisms and cosy recommendations without a coherent plan or an alternative vision, team or leader”.
The PM is planning a major fightback in coming weeks with a big speech on growing the economy to tackle the cost of living.
Meanwhile Labour and the Lib Dems are calling for a formal probe into a second lockdown gathering said to have been held by Mr Johnson’s wife Carrie.
No10 did not deny she met with two male aides on the PM’s 56th birthday and refused to say if it would have broken any rules.