Boris Johnson will stay Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after obtaining the support of Conservative MPs tonight.
A vote of confidence in Johnson was provoked by public outrage over drunken gatherings at the heart of government during COVID lockdowns.
During Monday’s vote, Johnson gained the support of 211 MPs, with 148 voting against him. As a consequence of the vote, he has the support of 59% of his parliamentary party.
Johnson praised the victory as “convincing” and urged the party to “come together.”
“It means that as a government, we can move on and focus on things that I believe are really important to people,” he explained.
Previous prime ministers, on the other hand, who had survived no-confidence ballots, had been badly weakened.
Johnson’s margin of victory is narrower than that of his predecessor, Theresa May, who won a comparable referendum in December 2018. Six months later, she was compelled to quit.
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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, one of the front-runners to follow Johnson if he is removed from office, tweeted: “I’m glad that the Prime Minister has the support of his colleagues. I wholeheartedly endorse him. Now is the time to get down to business.”
The majority of political pundits anticipated Johnson would win the election. “There aren’t that many real, clear alternatives in terms of leadership rivals…which has been very advantageous for Boris Johnson,” Lilah Howson-Smith, a former special advisor to Boris Johnson and Theresa May, told Euronews.
A moment of transition’
Less than three years after leading the Conservative Party to its biggest election victory in decades, the rebellion marks a watershed moment for Johnson and a symptom of profound Conservative splits.
“In terms of his authority in the country, I believe he has already left. And I believe that the longer the conservative party clings on to him, the worse it will be for them “Alastair Campbell, a spokesman for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, told Euronews.
“The country is considerably more concerned with the cost of living crisis, the environmental crisis, Ukraine, and all of the terrible economic changes we are facing (than the party gate incident),” he continued.
Johnson is now barred from facing another leadership challenge for another 12 months under Tory party rules.
Johnson, on the other hand, is expected to encounter more pressure in practice. The administration is being weighed down by the war in Ukraine, a smoldering post-Brexit dispute with the EU, and increasing inflation.
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According to polls, the left-of-center opposition Labour Party is leading nationally, and the Conservatives may lose special elections for two parliamentary districts later this month, which were called after incumbent Tory legislators were thrown out due to sex scandals.
Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s leader, reacted to Monday’s vote by claiming that Boris Johnson is being propped up by a fractured Conservative party with no plan to address the difficulties you face “..
According to Johnson’s Downing Street office, the vote is “a chance to put an end to months of speculation and allow the government to draw a line and move on.”