After ‘partygate’, British Prime Minister Johnson faces vote of confidence

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  • The vote will take place later Monday
  • “Partygate” makes the mood in the Conservative Party worse
  • Unclear if Johnson will lose vote

LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face a vote of confidence later on Monday after a growing number of lawmakers from the ruling Conservative Party questioned the British leader’s weakened authority over the partygate scandal.

Johnson, appointed prime minister in 2019, came under mounting pressure unable to move from a report documenting booze-fueled parties to the heart of power when Britain was under strict lockdown measures to tackle the coronavirus. COVID-19.

In a scathing attack on the once seemingly unassailable Johnson, Jesse Norman, a loyalist who served as deputy finance minister between 2019 and 2021, said the remaining Prime Minister had insulted both the electorate and the party . Read more

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He is just one of many Tory lawmakers who have worried whether Johnson, 57, has lost his authority to govern Britain, which faces the risk of recession, rising prices and travel chaos caused by the strike in the capital London.

“The 15% parliamentary party threshold calling for a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been passed,” Graham Brady, chairman of the party’s 1922 committee that represents rank-and-file Conservative lawmakers, wrote in a memo. .

Brady said a vote would take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (5 p.m.-7 p.m. GMT) on Monday.

“Votes will be counted immediately thereafter. An announcement will be made at a time to be determined,” Brady said.

A spokesman for Johnson’s office in Downing Street said the vote was “a chance to end months of speculation and allow the government to draw a line and move forward, respecting the priorities People”.

“The Prime Minister welcomes the opportunity to put his point across to MPs (members of parliament) and will remind them that when they are united and focused on the issues that matter to voters, there is no more formidable political force.”

ANGER MONTAGE

A majority of Conservative lawmakers – 180 – are expected to vote against Johnson to impeach him – a level some conservatives say is hard to achieve. If passed, then there would be a leadership race to decide his replacement.

Since the publication of the damning report into the so-called ‘partygate’ scandal, which listed alcohol-induced fights and vomiting at break-up parties in Downing Street, Johnson and his government had been urging lawmakers to move on. thing.

But many returned to their constituencies or voting areas last week to find a chorus of complaints about Johnson’s behavior. The Prime Minister was also mocked and booed by the public at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations over the weekend, although there were cheers for him.

Steve Barclay, who was appointed chief of staff in Downing Street after party reports, urged lawmakers not to “waste the remaining half of parliament on leadership distractions”.

“If we continually divert our leadership as the Conservative Party – and by extension the government and the country – towards a protracted leadership debate, we will send the opposite message,” he wrote on the conservative Home website.

But in perhaps the biggest sign that Johnson’s criticism has spread beyond a vocal group of so-called rebels, Norman listed his complaints about the British leader’s behavior and also about what he described as a lack of “mission”.

“The people are crying out for good government…neither the Conservative Party nor this country can afford to waste the next two years adrift and distracted by endless debate about you and your leadership,” he wrote in a statement. letter posted on Twitter.

“For you to prolong this charade by staying in power not only insults the electorate and the tens of thousands of people who support, volunteer, represent and campaign for our party; it makes a decisive change of government much more likely when of the next elections. . It is potentially catastrophic for this country.”

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Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; edited by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton and Alex Richardson

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