Boris Johnson clung to his premiership on Monday evening after 148 of his MPs voted to expel him from Downing Street in newsletter potentially revealing fatal cracks in it party.
prime minister won in support of 211 deputies, but 41% of his party voted to get rid of his, with many refer to its absence of repentance over partygate scandal and public loss of trust in his leadership. It was the worst sentence on meeting prime minister on one’s own party in recent times.
Although Johnson and his allies argued that vote as a victory, many Conservative MPs, including some of his supporters consider the coup attempt to be the beginning of the end for his threeyear premiership.
With so many of his party having voted against he, prime minister actually lost its majority support in parliament, with in risk it is his government paralyzed.
Johnson is theoretically safe from other leadership challenge for a year under rules of Committee of 1922, but Theresa May was forced to leave office just six months after winning confidence ballot that was irreparably damaged despite winning by 200 votes up to 117.
Proportion of deputies who voted against Johnson even more than votes against May in 2018 and Margaret Thatcher in 1990. A week later, Thatcher resigned.
Speaking after the result, Johnson insisted that it was “an extremely good positive, final, decisive result” it would be allow him to “move on unite and focus on Delivery”. He also claimed that he hadwon a much larger mandate” from colleagues than he in his 2019 leadership election though critics question on this statement. Johnson also declined to rule out announcing a snap election even though he said he was “not interested” in this idea.
Nadhim Zahavi stated that Johnson “won beautiful,” and he hoped that result “to draw a line under all speculation from outside media and Twitter, leading in “united party”.
Education secretary also said that Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, would “strike at air” in result.
James Cleverley, Foreign Office minister called it “convenient” and “clear” win for Johnson, while MP for Litchfield, Michael Fabricant, said that result turned out to be “much better” than he had feared.
However, rebel MPs said that Johnson should leave for in good of in party and country. Sir Roger Gale, one of Johnson leading critics said “prime minister of honour” should understand what he lost support of significant number of its deputies. He suggested that the rebels would continue to oppose Johnson while remaining in office. prime minister.
Scale of in rebellion means some government ministers and assistants must have voted against Johnson in in secret voting while remaining publicly supportive.
One former cabinet minister said he thought Johnson could soon face other attempts to force him out if the Tories lose in two by-elections on June 23 or prime minister is found parliamentary inquiry to mislead the House of Representatives of communities. ” role of the main whip will key,” he said. “That would be his role tell prime minister he lost his office.”
Keir Starmer, Labor leader, told the Conservative party believes the British public now have no right to expect honest politicians” and Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davy said Conservative MPs “narrowly voted to keep the delinquent and liar in No. 10”.
confidence vote was triggered early on Monday morning after more than 54 Conservative MPs – 15% of in total – Sent no-confidence letters to Graham Brady, Chairman of 1922 committee representing supporters.
Johnson started on a last-minute rate per win over colleagues but number of Conservative MPs said they were surprised by the lack of of the effort put into the operation.
The rebels started the day thinking Johnson was for sure win in vote convincingly, but after his resignation he became more and more bold of John Penrose as anti-corruption czar number 10 and critical Jeremy Hunt statement possible leadership contender.
“Anyone who considers our country stronger, fairer and more flourishes when led by conservatives should reflect that the consequence of without changing will hand over the country to others who no need share these values. Today’s decision it’s change or lose. I will vote for change,” Hunt said.
After announcing his departure, Penrose called on johnson stand down also blaming prime minister of failure to respond to the “wider and very serious criticism” contained in Sue Gray’s account of parties in Downing Street.
He said that the only fair conclusion to be drawn from Gray’s report was that “you have violated the fundamental principle of ministerial code – clear about resignation.”
Jesse Norman former Treasury Department minister, also published a brilliant letter stating that Johnson “presided over over culture of accidental breaking of the law at 10 Downing Street in relation to Covid. For Johnson to call himself acquitted last Gray’s monthly report was “grotesque,” he said, adding that Northern Ireland’s breach protocol would be “reckless and almost certainly illegal”, while policy of deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda policy was “ugly”.
Line of Scottish Conservative MPs including Leader Douglas Ross and John Lamont who resigned as assistant minister, also said they voted against Johnson.
Some deputies tightened their resolve against in prime minister after he delivered a defiant speech to the 1922 Committee on Monday afternoon, assuming he takes the same decision again in attitude towards vacation in No. 10 during self-isolation.
He also blamed “media controlled focus on leadership of conservative partyand tried to turn the discussion around on to Brexit, declaring vote against he would lead to the “hellish groundhog day” about reunification with the EU market.
“Let us refuse to dance to the tune of in mediaallow us refuse to satisfy our opponents turning in on yourself,” he said. “Let’s show this country that we understand that this is the moment to unite and serve. If we can do it, then trust me, no matter what they say about me, I lead you to victory again and the winners will be people of this country.”
After the meeting briefing by a Tory source in support of in prime minister also played down meaning of partygate furor pissed off public. “Here anyone here who not angry in their lives? Here anyone here who not like glass of decompression wine? They said.
But one of in first MPs leave assembly, Brexiteer Steve Baker, took completely different view. He told reporters that it was “a very, very sad day” but he felt he had no choice but to vote against in prime minister.
“For me, although this is an incredibly difficult moment, I cannot move past the requirement to have at the very top of government culture of agreement with laws,” he said. “I said prime minister that if he broke the law, he would have to leave, he clearly broke the law, he clearly conceded in the law is broken, and therefore I must keep my word.