David Cameron has claimed his deal with the EU gives Britain ‘special status’. The PM has also said Brexit would be a ‘leap in the dark’ but with the high-profile loss of Michael Gove and Boris Johnson to the out campaign, it seems that not all Conservative MPs agree with him. Who are the other Tories who have turned their back on the PM? And which of David Cameron’s party colleagues have voiced their approval for staying in the EU? Here The Spectator has put together a list of every Conservative MP – showing who is in, out, or yet to make up their mind about the big question of Europe.
So far, 17 members of the Cabinet—or 78 per cent—have said they want Britain to stay in Europe, whilst five—or 22 per cent—want out
It’s a mixed bag amongst Tory Ministers, too, with 45—or 71 per cent—opting ‘In’, 11—or 17 per cent—for ‘Out’ and 7 MPs yet to say.
And there are 100 – or 41 per cent – of MPs on the backbenches who are backing the Prime Minister, 116, or 48 per cent of MPs who want ‘Out’ and 29 backbench Conservative MPs who are yet to say for certain which way they intend to vote.
David Cameron, George Osborne, Philip Hammond, Sajid Javid, Michael Fallon, Justine Greening, Jeremy Hunt, Nicky Morgan, Oliver Letwin, Amber Rudd, Stephen Crabb, Mark Harper, Greg Clark, Theresa May, Patrick McLoughlin, David Mundell, Liz Truss
Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove, Chris Grayling, Theresa Villiers, John Whittingdale
Harriett Baldwin, Gavin Barwell, Nick Boles, Robert Buckland, Alistair Burt, Karen Bradley, Therese Coffey, Jane Ellison, George Freeman, David Gauke, Nick Gibb, Robert Goodwill, Sam Gyimah, Ben Gummer, Robert Halfon, Greg Hands, Matthew Hancock, Richard Harrington, Mark Harper, Nick Hurd, Jo Johnson, Brandon Lewis, David Lidington, Sarah Newton, John Penrose, Claire Perry, Anna Soubry, Hugo Swire, Edward Timpson, Ed Vaizey, Ben Wallace, Jeremy Wright, James Brokenshire, Alun Cairns, Philip Dunne, Tobias Ellwood, Charlie Elphicke, Damian Hinds, Andrew Jones, Marcus Jones, Guy Opperman, Andrew Selous, Shailesh Vara, Rob Wilson, Caroline Dinenage
James Duddridge, George Eustice, Mark Francois, Andrea Leadsom, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, James Wharton, Penny Mordaunt, Julian Brazier, Mike Penning, Desmond Swayne
Tracey Crouch, David Evennett, George Hollingberry, Mark Lancaster, Anne Milton, Rory Stewart, Justin Tomlinson
IN (101) :
Peter Aldous, Heidi Allen, Edward Argar, Victoria Atkins, Guto Bebb, James Berry, Richard Benyon, Paul Beresford, Jake Berry, Nicola Blackwood, Peter Bottomley, Simon Burns, Steve Brine, Neil Carmichael, James Cartlidge, Ken Clarke, Alberto Costa, Alex Chalk, Jo Churchill, Damian Collins, Oliver Colville, Byron Davies, Jonathan Djangoly, Oliver Dowden, Flick Drummond, Michael Ellis, Graham Evans, Mark Field, Kevin Foster, Lucy Frazer, Edward Garnier, Mark Garnier, Richard Graham, Damian Green, Dominic Grieve, Luke Hall, Stephen Hammond, Simon Hart, Alan Haslehurst, Oliver Heald, John Howell, Peter Heaton-Jones, Nick Herbert, Kevin Hollinrake, Ben Howlett, Nigel Huddleston, Margot James, Robert Jenrick, Julian Knight, Simon Kirby, Jeremy Lefroy, Tania Mathias, Maria Miller, David Morris, Robert Neill, Caroline Nokes, Neil Parish, Mark Pawsey, Chris Philp, Dan Poulter, Mark Prisk, Mark Pritchard, Jeremy Quin, Alok Sharma, Keith Simpson, Chloe Smith, Chris Skidmore, Nicholas Soames, Caroline Spelman, Mark Spencer, Gary Streeter, Mel Stride, Victoria Prentis, Eric Pickles, Matt Warman, Helen Whately, Chris White, Craig Whittaker, Craig Williams, Gavin Williamson, Simon Hoare, Mike Freer, Roger Gale, John Glen, Helen Grant, Andrew Griffiths, Alan Mak, James Morris, David Mowat, Alec Shelbrooke, Julian Smith,Maggie Throup, Graham Stuart, Antoinette Sandbach, Amanda Milling, David Mackintosh, Angela Watkinson, Tom Tugendhat, Michelle Donelan, Alan Duncan, Robin Walker
Nigel Adams, Adam Afriyie, Lucy Allan, David Amess, Stuart Andrew,
Richard Bacon, Steve Baker, John Baron, Bob Blackman, Victoria Borwick, Graham Brady, Andrew Bridgen, Fiona Bruce, Peter Bone, Conor Burns, David Burrowes, William Cash, Maria Caulfield, Christopher Chope, James Cleverly, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey Cox, Chris Davies, David Davies, James Davies, Mims Davies, Philip Davies, David Davis, Nadine Dorries, Steve Double, Richard Drax, Nigel Evans, Michael Fabricant, Marcus Fysh, Liam Fox, Richard Fuller, Nusrat Ghani, Zac Goldsmith, Cheryl Gillan, James Gray, Chris Green,Rebecca Harris, Gordon Henderson, Chris Heaton-Harris, Philip Hollobone, Adam Holloway, Kris Hopkins, Gerald Howarth, Stewart Jackson, Ranil Jayawardena, Bernard Jenkin, Andrea Jenkyns, Boris Johnson, Jonathan Lord, Gareth Johnson, David Jones, Daniel Kawczynski, Greg Knight, Kwasi Kwarteng, Edward Leigh, Jack Lopresti, Peter Lilley, Julian Lewis, Tim Loughton, Karen Lumley, Jason McCartney, Karl McCartney, Stephen McPartland, Stephen Phillips, Craig Mackinlay, Anne Main, Scott Mann, Anne Marie Morris, Sheryll Murray, Andrew Murrison, David Nuttall, Owen Paterson, Andrew Percy, Tom Pursglove, Will Quince, John Redwood, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Laurence Robertson, Andrew Rosindell, Paul Scully, Henry Smith, Royston Smith, Andrew Stephenson, Iain Stewart, Robert Syms, Kelly Tolhurst, Michael Tomlinson,
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Rishi Sunak, Andrew Turner, Craig Tracey, Martin Vickers, Charles Walker, David Warburton, Heather Wheeler, Bill Wiggin, Sarah Wollaston, William Wragg, Nadhim Zahawi, Stephen Barclay, Henry Bellingham, Andrew Bingham, Suella Fernandes, Nigel Mills, Matthew Offord, Julian Sturdy, Derek Thomas, Mike Wood, Kit Malthouse, John Hayes
Caroline Ansell, Crispin Blunt, Rehman Chishti, Glyn Davies (expected to vote ‘Out’), Jackie Doyle-Price, James Heappey, Seema Kennedy, Eleanor Laing, Pauline Latham, Phillip Lee (undeclared), Charlotte Leslie (undecided), Ian Liddell-Grainger, Paul Maynard, Mark Menzies, Johnny Mercer, Huw Merriman, Andrew Mitchell, Wendy Morton, Jesse Norman, Christopher Pincher, Rebecca Pow, Mary Robinson, David Rutley, Grant Shapps (undecided), Amanda Solloway, John Stevenson, Bob Stewart, David Tredinnick, Andrew Tyrie
Tory Brexit MPs demand David Cameron sets date to leave No 10 – report
by Josh May 24th May 2016
Conservative backbenchers are reportedly preparing to threaten David Cameron with a leadership challenge unless he sets a retirement date as Prime Minister after the EU referendum.
Caption: 50 Tory MPs need to write letters in order to trigger a formal vote of no confidence. Credit: PA Images
Stories in today’s newspapers claim the Treasury paper, which warned the UK faced recession and having 820,000 fewer jobs outside the EU, has deepened the unhappiness that some pro-Brexit Tories feel towards Mr Cameron.
According to the Daily Mail, some MPs have already written letters of no confidence in Mr Cameron to send to 1922 Committee chairman Graham Brady after the 23 June poll.
If 50 Tory MPs write such letters, a formal vote of no confidence is triggered.
An MP told the Mail the showdown could be averted if Mr Cameron gave an exit date.
“If there is a narrow win for Remain, and he is still in office after 23 June, the only way he is going to avoid a vote of no-confidence is to name the date when he is going to go,” the MP said.
“If he says that, while he still has much work that he wants to do, he will be gone by the end of 2018 then that might head off some of the opposition.
“People want a date when they know that he will be gone. There is real anger.”
The Sun, meanwhile, reports that fury over the Treasury report extends to the Government ranks.
Two ministers, one described as “senior” and the other “more junior”, are said to have told fellow pro-Brexit MPs they were considering resigning in protest.
Another unnamed minister told the Sun George Osborne was in the firing line, too.
The source said: “How the f*** are they going to put the party back together after all this? It’s at breaking point now.
“There are some very principled colleagues backing Brexit who are just spitting today. George has gone too far this time.”
Tory MP Marcus Fysh responded to the scenarios in the Treasury research – of a “shock” and “severe shock” from Brexit – by tweeting that they were “specious bollocks” and “severe specious bollocks”.