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Furious Tory MPs have claimed there’s a ‘plot’ to find out who replaces Rishi Sunak after controversy over the election of a brand new chair of the influential 1922 Committee.

Less than every week after shedding the overall election, the social gathering is concerned in an indignant row over its inside elections.

Tensions are working excessive because the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs will determine the foundations for the social gathering’s subsequent management contest.

MPs claimed the election for a brand new chair of the committee was “bent”.

And some have likened it to Nadine Dorries ebook ‘The Plot’, which claimed there was a secret inside push to oust Boris Johnson as prime minister.

Former prime minister Rishi Sunak (centre) with now Chair of the 1922 Committee Bob Blackman (top-right) (Chris J Ratcliffe/PA)
Former prime minister Rishi Sunak (centre) with now Chair of the 1922 Committee Bob Blackman (top-right) (Chris J Ratcliffe/PA) (PA Wire)

The shadow chancellor Jeremy Hunt was among the many Tory MPs turned away from voting for the chair of the committee on Tuesday.

Mark Francois, a former minister and chair of the European Research Group, was additionally unable to vote.

“This election was bent,” he mentioned as he left the room within the Palace of Westminster.

“I think the 1922’s level of competence has reached a new low.”

Some MPs had been advised in an e-mail that they may vote between 5 and 6pm.

However, after they arrived they had been advised that voting had closed at 530pm.

Conservative MP Bob Blackman won the 1922 committee chair vote
Conservative MP Bob Blackman received the 1922 committee chair vote (PA Archive)

In the tip, Tory MP Bob Blackman will lead the influential committee, which can set the foundations and timetable for the following management contest.

The Harrow East MP has taken over from Sir Graham Brady, who was given a peerage by Mr Sunak.

The former prime minister fired the starter pistol on a contest to switch him final week within the wake of the disastrous election consequence.

He introduced he would “step down as party leader, not immediately, but once the formal arrangements” for selecting a alternative are in place.

Mr Blackman received 61 of the 98 votes solid, in opposition to 37 for North Cotswolds MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.

But some Tory MPs claimed he would have misplaced had everybody been capable of vote.

Mark Francois was unable to vote
Mark Francois was unable to vote (PA)

Mr Francois advised The Independent: “In 23 years of being an MP I have never seen a shambles like this – and on our first day back.

“Tory Voluntary Party workers, who slogged their guts out for six weeks to re-elect their MPs, deserve far better than to see a flawed election for the chairmanship of the 1922 Committee – who of course, crucially, will oversee the Leadership contest.

“We had enough of these shenanigans in the previous Parliament – have we learned nothing?”

Some Tory MPs received an email saying voting was open until 6pm
Some Tory MPs obtained an e-mail saying voting was open till 6pm (.)

The row comes as 1000’s of Tory members have already signed a petition asking for a rule change to provide them extra of a say.

It comes as some MPs push for a rule change which might excludes members from voting on the chief – leaving the selection to members of Parliament.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-1922-committee-leadership-contest-b2576914.html