UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Narrowly Wins Confidence Vote

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson narrowly won a confidence vote from his own Conservative members of parliament (MP) on June 6.

Johnson survived the vote aimed at ousting him as party leader and prime minister by 211 to 148 — splitting his party by 59% to 41%.

“I think it’s an extremely good, positive, conclusive, decisive result which enables us to move on, to unite and to focus on delivery and that is exactly what we are going to do,” Johnson told reporters in Downing Street.

The vote was triggered after 54 Conservative MPs — representing 15% — submitted letters calling for Johnson to resign following a series of scandals, including the “Partygate” controversy, in which he and his aides held parties in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.

Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer criticized the result and accused Tory MPs of ignoring the British public.

“He is utterly unfit for the great office that he holds. Conservative MPs made their choice tonight. They have ignored the British public,” Starmer said.

“The Conservative Government now believes that breaking the law is no impediment to making the law,” Starmer added.

Under Conservative Party rules, Johnson is exempt from another confidence vote for another year. However, the 1922 Committee of backbench Tories can change those rules at any time.

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