Boris Johnson remains at the helm of the Conservative Party

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in office on Monday thanks to the support of a majority of Conservative Party MPs in a confidence vote in Parliament on his leadership.

Despite not being overthrown, the prime minister, whose image was shaken by the Downing Street party scandal during the pandemic, was disapproved by 148 of a total of

Conservative deputies, which shows a deep division in their party.

More than 40% of the Conservative parliamentary bench voted against a Prime Minister of his own party, a punishment greater than that suffered by his predecessor, Theresa May, in 2018, who survived a vote of no confidence to end up resigning a few months later in the face of pressure from coreligionists.

Close allies of the head of government sought to minimize the defeat after the results were announced.

“This is a democratic party. The prime minister won huh. Let’s draw a line and focus on the work,” said Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi.

“I am pleased that colleagues have supported the prime minister. I support him 100%,” said Foreign Minister Liz Truss, who is seen as a top candidate to succeed Johnson if he falls.

Among critics of the Conservative leader, Representative Roger Gale said he would continue to oppose Johnson as leader, despite the result of the vote.

“I think an honest prime minister would look at the numbers , would accept the fact that he had lost the support of a significant part of his party and consider his future. But I don’t think it will,” he said.

Just two hours before the vote, Johnson made one last attempt to discourage the disaffected wing in a private meeting with deputies, in which he pointed out that, under his leadership, they achieved their biggest electoral victory in decades.

Deputies from all sides of the Conservative Party have spoken out against the head of government, from the most ardent supporters of Brexit to the most moderate, and some of the deputies who won their seats for the first time leveraged by Johnson in 2019 even turned their backs on him.

Faced with the result, Johnson adopted an optimistic tone. What we need to do now is come together, as a government and as a party, to focus on the things that I think people really care about,” he told the BBC.

“This allows us to focus on helping people at the cost of living, end the waiting lists generated by covid, make our streets and communities safer ”, he declared.

He also indicated that the support he received today from 59% of his deputies is greater than what he had when he was elected to lead the subtitle in 2019. However, when asked about the possibility of bringing early elections to try to consolidate his leadership, Johnson discarded this scenario.

“I am certainly not interested in early elections. What interests me is serving the citizens of this country”, he pointed out.

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