The fallout from a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister continued today with warnings from party activists in Kent that rebel MPs must shut up or shut up, or risk civil war.

While ministers continued their push to say the poll represented a decisive victory for Boris Johnson, local party leaders were less convinced.

The Prime Minister visited staff at the Kent Oncology Center in Maidstone earlier this year. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Constituency party associations said the time had come for the government to stop navel-gazing and that rebel MPs should either shut up or shut up.

One of Kent‘s longtime MPs has announced he has joined the rebels. Ashford MP Damian Green said he had reluctantly decided he could no longer support the Prime Minister.

Local constituency association officials have urged MPs to unite or risk losing the upcoming general election.

Stephen James, the chairman of the Conservative Association of Folkestone and Hythe, said the rebels had their chance in the ballot and should now accept the result.

“What will happen if the Conservatives continue to look inward is that there will be a civil war within the party and we cannot have that because a divided party does not win elections.

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Chairman of Folkestone and Hythe Conservative Association Stephen James and Anna Firth

“Rebels like Sir Roger Gale must give him the opportunity to continue his work.

“Party activists just want to do the job in hand; We have done enough navel-gazing and soul-searching and we need to move on.

“What we are saying is that Westminster is looking inwards rather than outwards and he is the force for change that we need.”

He disagreed that the party was hopelessly divided, but there was a danger for the party if rebels backing a vote of no confidence continued their push to oust Mr Johnson.

“The ball is in their court; are they shutting up or shutting up? are they starting to push in the right direction to achieve what we want to achieve?” he added.

Damian Green, MP for Ashford
Damian Green, MP for Ashford

“We have two more years in government where we can put in place real conservative policies like cutting taxes, cutting immigration and tackling the cost of living crisis.

“There needs to be a real shift in focus towards traditional conservative policies like lowering taxes and shrinking the size of government.”

“I really hope this vote of no confidence is a blow to Boris.

“We can all look at the statistics in different ways, but at the end of the day he is the Prime Minister and the Conservative leader and must continue his work.

“It all depends on whether he is an election winner and he is. People have to move on and work as a team.”

The call for unity was echoed by the president of the association Maidstone and Weald. Andrea Thorpe said: “The party is totally divided and a divided party cannot win elections.

“I think he’s on borrowed time, but in the meantime he needs to make monumental changes to regain the trust of the electorate.”

Damian Green said overall he decided against supporting Mr Johnson because of the problem with his behavior during the lockdown.