This Article is From Jun 07, 2022

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

Boris Johnson won the vote 211 to 148


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a confidence vote on Monday, seeing off a challenge to his leadership brought by lawmakers within his Conservative Party.

Johnson won the vote 211 to 148, securing the support of 59% of his lawmakers, a lower share than his predecessor Theresa May managed in a 2018 confidence vote. She resigned less than six months later.

Johnson, who scored a sweeping election victory in 2019, has been under increasing pressure after he and staff held alcohol-fuelled parties in his Downing Street office and residence when Britain was under strict lockdowns due to COVID-19.

It is time to draw a line under questions on Boris Johnson's future, education minister Nadhim Zahawi said in the first reaction from the government to the vote.

"The Prime Minister won handsomely. I think the important thing to remember is that we only are able to deliver if we are united. I hope we can draw a line under this now and focus on delivery," Zahawi told Sky News.