UK PM Boris Johnson Survives Confidence Vote From Own Party Over Partygate Scandal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survives party's confidence vote over Partygate scandal

Boris Johnson won the vote 211 to 148

London:

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.

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