Britain’s Johnson wins vote of confidence to save PM

LONDON (June 7): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a no-confidence vote among Tory lawmakers on Monday, saving his precarious job as prime minister.

Johnson won the support of 211 lawmakers out of 359, dozens more than the 180-vote threshold, according to the result announced by Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative Party’s caucus, the 1922 Committee.

“I can report that the parliamentary party trusts the prime minister,” Brady said, Xinhua reported.

The vote of confidence in Johnson’s leadership was triggered after the number of lawmakers who submitted letters of no confidence to Brady reached 54, or 15% of Conservative lawmakers.

With Monday’s victory, Johnson will not face another no-confidence vote for a year under current Conservative Party rules.

The Prime Minister has been dogged for months by ‘partygate’ scandals involving him and his staff in Downing Street during the COVID-19 shutdowns in 2020 and 2021. He was fined by British police in April for attending one of the alcohol-fueled parties, making him the first sitting Prime Minister in British history to be disciplined for breaking the law.

“I think this is an extremely good, positive, conclusive and decisive result that allows us to move forward, to unite and to focus on delivering and that is exactly what we are going to do,” Johnson said shortly. after the publication of the result.

“What that means tonight is that we can focus on what we’re doing to help people with the cost of living, with what we’re doing to keep streets and communities safe,” did he declare.

“It gives us the chance to unite, strengthen and upgrade our economy. What we are going to do now is seize the opportunity to unite and deliver,” he added.

Despite Johnson’s survival in the vote, his political rivals fired on the turmoil within the Conservative Party, as 148 votes against him meant more than 40% of Tory lawmakers wanted him out.

“The choice is clearer than ever. Divided Tories backing Boris Johnson with no plan to solve the problems you face. Or a united Labor Party with a plan to solve the cost of living crisis and restore faith in the Labor will get Britain back on track,” tweeted Keir Starmer, leader of the main opposition Labor Party.