Two-and-a-half years after winning the election, the increasingly competing 57-year-old leader is embroiled in a “partygate” affair involving drunken parties held on Downing Street during his imprisonment. Monday’s vote showed deep divisions within the Conservative Party.
Of the 359 Conservative MPs who voted, 211 voted in favor of the prime minister, 148 voted in favor of him, and 148, or 41% of the electorate: a significant number of rebels could block government action.
A dangerous situation
Boris Johnson rushed to greet a “hopeful decision” that would allow him to “move forward”, calling on his party to unite and saying “of course he was not interested in an early election”. But many critics have pointed to the prime minister’s dangerous stance. “A prime minister with a sense of honor will look at the numbers and accept the fact that he has lost the support of a significant section of his party and think about his position, but I do not think he will do so,” the rebel replied. Member of Parliament Roger Gale.
Opposition Labor leader Khair Stormer called him “completely unfit for office” and criticized the split Tories for “keeping Boris Johnson in power without a plan”.
The vote dominated the UK headlines on Tuesday Times Describing Johnson as a “wounded winner”, Theresa May recalled surviving by a broad margin of no-confidence resolution in May 2018, resigning a few months later. It is estimated that “the Prime Minister is clinging to power after the humiliation of the vote.” Defender, When the Daily Mirror contributed to the emergence of the “Partygate” affair, it simply gave the headline “Party is over, Boris”. The Financial Times He judged for his part that his narrow difference “severely damaged him and revealed the extent of division and animosity within his party”.
A year of silence
Boris Johnson has so far refused to resign. After several weeks of speculation, events came to a head when the referendum was announced on Monday morning, with more than 54 MPs calling for their leader to step down.
Failing that, in a subtle environment such as the war in Ukraine and the highest inflation in 40 years, an by-election would be called to appoint the new leader of the party, who would head the government.
The winner, Boris Johnson, will not be targeted by another motion of no confidence for one year, under current rules. Arguing his cause in front of his troops before the referendum, he hung up on tax cuts and cuts in administration, as opposed to the massive public interventions in recent years in favor of the epidemic or more recently the cost of living crisis.
Despite the accumulation of corruption and the anger of the public and his majority, Boris Johnson has maintained himself by highlighting his key role in the Western response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in recent months.
With no clear successor in the Conservative ranks, he was in power for 12 years, especially as the star of Finance Minister Rishi Chunak, the party’s long-loved star, was suddenly tarnished by his luck and his wife’s tax arrangements.
Boris Johnson’s popular decline has already caused a major setback for the Tories in the local elections in early May. The “pojo”, which was hailed by the crowd during the Queen’s jubilee celebrations, has been widely criticized for its ability to win the 2024 assembly elections.
A long property, his strange, often bending personality now annoys many Britons. According to a poll released by YouGov on Monday, 60% of Britons want the Tories to oust their leader – but only 32% of the majority of voters.
The aftermath of “Partigate” is not over. After police and senior civil servant Sue Grae, another trial is planned, which is a parliament. If the latter, in the fall, decides that Boris Johnson has deceived the House of Commons by claiming he has not violated the rules, he must resign.