British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to face vote of no confidence Today
LONDON — It’s finally happening, after weeks and months of Crying fouls at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after his party was caught up in the Partygate scandal. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to face vote of no confidence Today
On Monday, Britain’s ruling Conservatives will hold a “no-confidence” vote that could get rid of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. This comes after months of growing unhappiness with Johnson, a controversial politician whose career has been full of ups and downs.
This comes after months of extensive investigations into unethical parties being held in government buildings.
If Johnson loses the vote of the 359 Conservative lawmakers, the party will choose a new leader, who will also become prime minister. If he wins, party rules say he can’t be targeted again with another challenge for a year.
Johnson has been through a lot in political upheaval, but he has recently had a hard time moving on from months of ethics scandals. The biggest one was about unethical parties held in government buildings during COVID-19 lockdowns, which was against the rules.
People in Britain are angry about the “Partygate” scandal, which involves the prime minister and his staff breaking the rules they set for the country in 2020 and 2021.
Graham Brady, a member of the Conservative Party, said on Monday that he had received enough letters from lawmakers asking for a vote on Johnson’s leadership to make a vote happen. If 54 Tory lawmakers, or 15% of the party’s group in the House of Commons, write to Brady, this will happen.
Brady said, “The 15 percent mark has been reached.” He said that the vote would happen in person in the House of Commons on Monday evening and that the result would be made public right away.
The office of Johnson at Downing Street said that the prime minister will welcome the vote as it would give much-needed clarity and finally put this Partygate scandal behind them.
“Tonight is a chance to put an end to months of rumors and give the government a chance to draw a line and move on, focusing on what the people want,” it said.
Investigation of “Partygate” by Sue Gray
Late last month, an investigator’s report on “Partygate” criticized the prime minister’s office for having a culture of breaking the rules.
Sue Gray, a civil service investigator, said that Downing Street staff members had parties with a lot of alcohol at a time when people in the UK were not allowed to socialize or even visit sick family members.
Gray, in her report, confirmed that “failures of leadership and judgment” were the fault of the “senior leadership team.”
PM said he was “humbled” and took “full responsibility,” but he insisted he would not resign.
He told the people of Britain to “move on” and pay attention to the shaky economy, which was a much bigger issue at hand (rather than engaging in demeaning arguments of what people did in their leisure time.)
But more and more Conservatives think that Johnson, the charismatic leader who helped them win a huge majority in parliament in 2019, is now a liability.
What If Johnson is kicked out?
If Prime Minister Boris Johnson is kicked out of his job, there will be a race for the leadership of the Conservatives, and a number of high-profile government ministers are likely to run.
Roger Gale, a conservative lawmaker who doesn’t like Johnson, said, “If we don’t like the prime minister, we have a lot of good options.”
He said, “I think any one of those people would make a better prime minister than the one we have now.”
A parliamentary break that happened at the same time as the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee seems to have sparked a lot of anger. The four-day long weekend gave many people a chance to relax, but Johnson didn’t get a break. Some people booed him as he arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday for a service in honor of the queen.
Steve Barclay, a Cabinet minister who supports Johnson, said that getting rid of the leader at this time would be “indefensible.”
He said on the Conservative Home website, “The difficulties we face aren’t easy to fix.” “All democracies around the world are facing the same problems right now.
But under Boris Johnson’s leadership, our plan for jobs shows how we are dealing with these global problems. “To stop this progress now would be unacceptable to many people who voted for us for the first time in the last general election and who want to see our Prime Minister make the changes he promised for their communities.”
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