Boris Johnson, the prime minister of Britain, has managed to make it through a “No Confidence” vote that was carried out in Parliament this past Monday, ending up in a result of 211-148 — a strong majority of 63 — despite needing only a simple majority to keep himself in office.
The vote sparked off because Britain’s post-COVID economy, just like many nations around the globe, struggles to deal with the mounting costs of food and energy. This climbing inflation, in addition to various reports that stated that Johnson had taken part in a number of illegal gatherings while his country was under forced lockdown, spawned much discontent from the public and those sitting in Parliament.
Earlier this week, tensions on the topic were so elevated that when Johnson made his appearance at a service for the platinum jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II, a celebration for her 70 years sitting on the throne, he found himself greeted by a mix of boos and cheers from the crowd.
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The Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, announced that a no-confidence vote would be held Monday evening, in the wake of almost 54 MPs sending in letters that called for it.
“I can report as returning officer that 359 ballots were cast, no spoilt ballots, that the vote in favour of having confidence in Boris Johnson as leader was 211 votes and a vote against was 148 votes,” stated Brady once the votes had officially been tallied. “And therefore, I can announce that the parliamentary party does have confidence in Boris Johnson.”
Johnson addressed the assembled media directly after the vote, stating the now was the time for the people to unite and move forward.
“I think this is a very good result for politics and for the country … a convincing result, a decisive result, and what it means is that as a Government we can move on and focus on the stuff that I think really matters to people,” he stated, going on to add, “I have got a far bigger mandate from my own parliamentary colleagues than I had in 2019.”
“I see no point in focusing on anything else and I’m certainly not interested in snap elections. What I’m interested in is delivering right now for the people of this country,” finished Johnson.
Many have highlighted that Johnson, who managed to win his no-confidence vote with a 59%-41% split, managed to win while having a far slimmer margin than many prime ministers who were in much the same situation that he has faced.