Members of Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party intend to call a confidence vote on Wednesday, which may result in Boris Johnson being toppled this week.
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Members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s own party are pushing for a confidence vote after the “Partygate” scandal broke public support for their embattled leader, according to reports.
According to the Sunday Times newspaper in London, members of Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party intend to call a confidence vote on Wednesday. According to one Tory MP, dissident MPs have already filed 54 formal requests with the party’s 1922 Committee to force the vote.
If the election results are negative, Johnson will be forced to resign or call a general election, allowing citizens the opportunity to choose a new leader. Since allegations that his staff staged alcohol-fueled parties at Downing Street and Whitehall amid statewide Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, Johnson’s party has taken a political beating.
After a report on Partygate was released late last month, Tory MP Stephen Hammond remarked, “I cannot and will not defend the indefensible.” “I am struck by a number of my colleagues who were really concerned that it’s almost impossible for the PM to say, ‘I want to move on,’ as we cannot move on without regaining public trust, and I am not sure that’s possible in the current situation.”
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After two MPs were forced to quit — one for watching pornography on his phone in the House of Commons and the other for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy – the Tories may find it difficult to retain two seats in Parliament that will be up for grabs in by-elections later this month. In at least one of those races, the opposing Labour Party candidate is polling with a double-digit lead.
Several Tory MPs have publicly asked for Johnson’s resignation, citing leadership failures and allegations of misleading Parliament. The Prime Minister has dismissed those demands, saying earlier this week that he cannot “abandon” the country in the face of economic hardships and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
When Johnson arrived at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday for the National Service of Thanksgiving, part of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, he was booed by several onlookers. In last month’s local elections, the Tories lost roughly 500 seats and control of 11 councils.