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As befits the most senior Conservative backbencher, Sir Graham Brady has a nice office. It’s a corner room, high up in Portcullis House, which affords its occupant rather more space than some of his colleagues and a wonderful view. Somewhere within that room sits a stack of extremely important letters.
In his capacity as Chairman of the 1922 Committee, the representative body of backbench Tory MPs, guarding those letters is Brady’s most solemn duty. Each one represents a Conservative MP’s formal request for a vote of no confidence in their leader.
Under the Party’s rules, one such letter on its own has no effect—but if the total passes the key threshold of 15 per cent of the Parliamentary Conservative Party, then a confidence ballot of MPs is automatically triggered.