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Boris Johnson wins no-confidence vote, remains British prime minister

Boris Johnson narrowly won a no-confidence vote on Monday and will remain UK Prime Minister, despite more than 40 percent of his party’s MPs voting against him.

Johnson received support from 211 Conservative MPs – just 30 ballots more than the 180 it took to survive the vote. Each Tory MP cast one vote. Forty-one percent of the caucus, or 148 MPs, voted against the prime minister.

He still called the result “decisive” and claimed it proved that more MPs from his party support him now than when he was elected in 2019. He added that he is not interested in holding early elections.

“I think it’s a convincing result, a decisive result and what it means is that as a government we can move forward and focus on the things that I think really matter to people,” he told reporters.

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Boris Johnson learns fate as British Prime Minister amid no-confidence vote

The margin was narrower than the margin given to Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May when a vote of no confidence was held over her leadership in 2018, when 37 percent of MPs voted against her. She resigned six months later.

Johnson was then elected Prime Minister in an overwhelming vote that marked the party’s biggest election win in decades.

Monday’s vote comes after it was discovered that he and his staff held several parties against the COVID-19 restrictions in place in 2020 and 2021.


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At least 54 Tory lawmakers, the party said, had declared a no-confidence vote, passing the 15 percent threshold needed to activate it.

Johnson’s Downing Street office said the prime minister welcomed the vote.

“Tonight is an opportunity to end months of speculation and allow the government to draw the line and move forward and fulfill the priorities of the people,” it said.


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Still, the result pointed to a deep rift within the party that critics said Johnson was politically injured at a critical juncture as the country works to rebuild its economy from the COVID-19 pandemic amid inflation and the fallout from the crisis. Russian war in Ukraine.

“At a time of enormous challenge, it will saddle the UK with an utterly crippled prime minister,” said Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, an outspoken critic of the British government who has pushed for Scotland’s independence from the UK.

The opposition leader, Keir Starmer of the left-wing Labor party, took advantage of the results to promote his “united” party to voters.

The next national elections are not expected until 2024, but two by-elections are scheduled for the end of this month.

Conservatives could lose those special elections, which were called when incumbent Tory lawmakers were forced out by sex scandals. Polls give the PvdA a national lead.

Johnson has been able to dodge scandals and gaffes as prime minister and in previous jobs, including mayor of London, which have ranged from abusive comments about Muslim women to shutting down parliament amid heated Brexit negotiations.

But concerns came to a head after an investigator’s report late last month criticized a culture of rule-breaking in the prime minister’s office in a scandal known as a ‘party gate’.


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Officials investigator Sue Gray described alcohol-based bashes held by Downing Street employees in 2020 and 2021, when pandemic restrictions prevented UK residents from socializing or even visiting dying relatives.

Gray said the “senior leadership team” should bear responsibility for “leadership and judgment failures.”

Johnson was also fined £50 ($78) by police for attending a party, making him the first prime minister to be sanctioned for breaking the law while in office.

The prime minister said he was “humiliated” and took “full responsibility” but insisted he would not resign.

—With files from Reuters and Associated Press

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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