Huge loss for Johnson’s general election call as MPs don’t even bother to turn up

Last Updated: September 4, 2019By Tags: , , , , , , ,

The incredible sulk: This shot of Boris Johnson is from September 3, when he lost control of Parliament. But the look on his face when his bid to call a general election failed… can’t have been much different.

This must be humiliating for Conservatives across the UK.

After he lost his fight to stop MPs debating a Bill to stop his beloved plan for a “no deal” Brexit, Boris Johnson said he would call a general election.

But he needed two-thirds of MPs to support it under the terms of the Fixed Term Parliament Act. That’s 434 votes.

Want to know the worst of it?

434 MPs didn’t even turn up.

Only 298 MPs voted in favour of his election – the combined total of the remaining Conservatives he can effectively whip, together with the 10 DUP representatives.

As for the Opposition – 56.

They knew he wasn’t going to get the support he wanted so most of them decided they had something better to do.

I notice a new series of Taskmaster started on the Dave TV channel tonight.

Maybe they decided to watch that instead. It might make a nice change of pace to watch somebody winning.

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  1. trev September 4, 2019 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    So 56 Opposition MPs voted for an election?

    • Mike Sivier September 5, 2019 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      No, they voted against it.

  2. Rik September 4, 2019 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    I don’t know much about politics but I hope this wasn’t a wasted opportunity..
    Now they say JC’s running scared but I know he has his reasons so I say Good Luck Jeremy C..
    So is this Boris Johnson the worse of
    the worse?? after Thatcher, Cameron & May?? He’s made himself look like a clown, maybe he should wear a court jester outfit. . . . -)

  3. Dez September 5, 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Whilst most of the UK will appreciate the sudden and unexpected release of our dosh, from the hidden austerity”money tree”, for the benefit of so many short changed public services no one could honestly say they could not see this sudden investment as just pre election Con incentives. Hopefully Boorish will not claw it back again now his cunning plan E has also failed miserably. Should have stuck to clowning on the Not the Nine O’clock news show

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