Boris Johnson narrowly survives confidence vote – however suffers important Tory rise up


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Boris Johnson has narrowly survived a vote of confidence amongst Tory MPs – however suffered a rise up greater than Theresa Could.

211 MPs voted for the prime minister, in comparison with 148 votes towards – a majority of 63.

He wanted a easy majority – 180 votes or extra – to proceed in workplace.

The end result means 59% of Conservative MPs backed Mr Johnson, with 41% voting towards him.

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The prime minister is now immune from one other management problem for 12 months, beneath present Conservative Social gathering guidelines.

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It comes after a surge of MPs known as publicly for Mr Johnson to face down following Sue Grey’s damning report into partygate.

A minimum of 54 MPs – 15% of Tory MPs – wrote to the chair of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, Sir Graham Brady, calling for a vote.

Sir Graham notified the prime minister on Sunday that the brink had been reached they usually agreed on timings for the vote on Monday collectively.

This isn’t a cushty establishment

Sam Coates

Sam Coates

Deputy political editor


The rise up is larger than that suffered by Theresa Could in January 2019. That is very tough territory for Boris Johnson, who is not going to be inclined to need to bow to strain.

The large query now could be whether or not the cupboard transfer towards him, maybe after the 2 by-elections later this month? It isn’t a cupboard identified for its strong method to Mr Johnson, however there may be a lot pleading by MPs to place Mr Johnson out of his distress since there may be now a big prospect of ongoing civil warfare within the occasion.

There was hypothesis that as much as 5 members of the cupboard could have voted towards Mr Johnson. That is unattainable to show and we are going to by no means know.

What’s extra sure, nevertheless, is {that a} important minority of these on the federal government payroll – ministers and people with the bottom degree of presidency job – have voted towards the person working the organisation they’re a part of. This isn’t a cushty establishment.

Mr Johnson will likely be decided to hold on – as is his proper beneath Tory occasion guidelines. Nonetheless, precedent suggests there isn’t a good consequence from this end result, and he might nonetheless be ousted like Mrs Could or simply take the Tories right down to defeat on the subsequent basic election like Sir John Main.

Former prime minister Theresa Could gained a confidence vote in December 2018, the place she secured the help of 200 MPs to 117 – a majority of 83, that represented the backing of 63% of her parliamentary occasion.

However 5 months later she introduced her resignation, after repeatedly failing to move her Brexit deal within the Commons.

In a letter to MPs forward of tonight’s vote, the prime minister stated there was a chance to “draw a line” beneath latest points.

“I don’t imagine our voters will flippantly forgive us if – simply after they want us most to be specializing in them – we seem as soon as once more to be specializing in Westminster politics,” he stated.

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Brexit alternatives minister Jacob Rees-Mogg had stated victory by a single vote can be sufficient to safe Mr Johnson’s job.

“One is sufficient, it is no good saying that the principles of the occasion say one thing after which behind it unofficially there may be another rule that no one is aware of and is invented for the aim,” he instructed Sky Information.

“I clearly need the prime minister to get as large a majority as doable, I believe that will be useful and it might shut this matter down between now and the following basic election, which might be good for the nation, good for the Conservative Social gathering, however one is sufficient.”

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