PRIME Minister Boris Johnson got to keep his job after winning “a vote of confidence” in his leadership on Monday evening (6 June).
The vote was held because 15% of Mr Johnson’s own Conservative Party MPs wrote a letter saying they didn’t think he was the right person for the top job any more. This followed a series of problems for the prime minister, including a row about illegal gatherings at Downing Street during lockdown.
Mr Johnson needed 180 votes to win the vote of confidence in him – half of his 359 MPs plus one more. In the end, he got the support of 211 MPs.
But 148 MPs, around a third, didn’t vote for him, which might start to make his job more difficult.
Some people in the Conservative Party are against Boris Johnson because they are worried that the public’s view of him has gone down since rules were broken in Government buildings during lockdown. Mr Johnson was fined for attending a birthday party held for him in Downing Street.
After the vote, Mr Johnson said he thought “it was a good result for politics and for the country. I think it’s a decisive result and what it means is that, as a government, we can move on and focus on the stuff that really matters… such as helping people with the cost of living crisis.”
But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Conservative MPs weren’t listening to the people of Britain and that Boris Johnson is “unfit to be prime minister”.
The last prime minister before Boris Johnson, Theresa May, won a confidence vote by 200-117 votes in December 2018. She carried on but quit the job six months later as more MPs turned against her.
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