British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a confidence vote on Monday after he saw a challenge to his leadership tabled by lawmakers within his Conservative party.
Johnson won the vote 211 to 148 and received the support of 59% of his lawmakers, a lower share than his predecessor Theresa May in a confidence vote in 2018. She resigned less than six months later.
Johnson, who took a sweeping election victory in 2019, is under mounting pressure after he and staff held alcohol-based parties at his Downing Street office and residence when Britain was on lockdown due to COVID-19.
It’s time to draw a line under questions about Boris Johnson’s future, Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said in the government’s initial response to the vote.
“The Prime Minister won nicely. I think the most important thing to remember is that we can only deliver if we are united. I hope we can draw a line now and focus on delivery,” Zahawi told Sky news.