Boris Johnson wins ‘no confidence’ vote. What now?

Boris Johnson has won/lost a vote of ‘no confidence’ in his leadership of the Conservative Party – and of the Conservative government – but it’s not really enough.

The vote was split between 211 for the prime minister and 148 against. That’s just 31 more people for him than the number needed to gain a victory.

It is a much worse performance than Theresa May’s in 2018 – and she lasted just six months afterwards.

Where she won 63 per cent of the vote, Johnson could only scrape up 59 per cent.

The prime minister’s position will still be uncertain, going into the future. He’ll be asked to change his ways to a huge extent – and it is not certain that he is even capable of doing so.

And there’s the question of his breaking the Ministerial Code; the government’s anti-corruption champion has resigned, saying that Johnson was guilty of a breach that means he should resign too. A committee of MPs is set to examine whether he breached the Code over the next few months – and may compel him to resign as prime minister if they find against him.

The vote has also generated a huge amount of enmity between Conservative MPs.

BBC Newsnight’s political editor Nicholas Watt says supporters of Boris Johnson were intensely angry.

He reported that one ally of Johnson said his colleagues were “lying snakes” while another strong supporter said he could “throttle” those MPs who “want to hand our country to a coalition of Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats”.

That’s not going to happen any time soon; the huge Tory majority in Parliament remains.

But no matter what the result, a shadow is hanging over the Conservative Party – and the Conservative government – and is likely to remain until the next general election at least.

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2 thoughts on “Boris Johnson wins ‘no confidence’ vote. What now?

  1. John Smith-Warren

    When the Tories loose Wakefield by a landslide to Labour I just wonder how these MPs who were “encouraged” to support him will still think supporting him was a good idea.

  2. Debbie Wiles

    Given that Johnson convinced people the Brexit vote was a landslide, with only a 3.6% majority, he will see this as a massive victory. I don’t think for one moment that he will resign in the near future. We need to be prepared for a GE. I think he is arrogant enough to call one sooner than 2024, citing this win as proof that he can win the country again. I hope I’m right, because that is the only way we’re getting rid of him. Trouble is, most people think Labour is the only alternative, and I reckon he is almost as bad.

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