Boris Johnson says no-confidence vote win ‘decisive’ despite mass Tory rebellion
Boris Johnson is set to meet his cabinet today as he aims to “move on” from the bruising vote of confidence amid mass Tory rebellion against him.
The prime minister insisted he secured a “decisive” victory even as 148 of his own MPs voted to oust him.
Having secured the support of 211 parliamentarians, Mr Johnson told broadcasters he had a “far bigger mandate” than he did when voted in as leader in 2019, adding he was “happy with that”.
Labour leader Keir Starmer said the British public was “fed up” with a prime minister that promised big and failed to deliver and who had “presided over a culture of lies and law-breaking in parliament”.
Despite the victory on Monday night, Mr Johnson faces an uncertain political future. A steady stream of Tory MPs have called publicly for him to stand down in the wake of Sue Gray’s report into breaches of the Covid-19 regulations in No 10 and Whitehall.
White House declines to comment on Boris Johnson surviving no-confidence vote
The White House has officially declined to comment on whether president Joe Biden harbours concerns about Boris Johnson’s weakened standing and its possible impact on the western opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Mr Johnson remains prime minister and is still the Conservative Party leader after surviving a vote of confidence among Tory MPs on Monday evening, with 211 voting to retain him in leadership and just 148 in favour of sacking him.
Asked whether Mr Biden planned to speak with the prime minister and whether he is concerned that opposition to Mr Johnson could have negative effects on the UK’s role in the anti-Russia alliance the US president has built, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told The Independent that she had nothing to share on the subject and referred further questions to the British government.
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Namita Singh7 June 2022 07:00
What did the paper say?
Questions continue about Boris Johnson’s leadership after a poll by his party, according to the front pages.
The Independent looks ahead to Mr Johnson potentially facing further blows in two key by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton later this month.
The Sun says the PM has “just” survived the “night of the blond knives”, The Guardian describes the confidence vote as a “humiliation” and The Daily Telegraph reports the “hollow victory” has left Mr Johnson’s authority “crushed”.
Metro and the Daily Mirror declare the party is “over”, with the latter paper warning the 57-year-old will be “out in a year”.
The Financial Times, i and The Times describe the PM as “wounded”, while the Daily Star says the “Fibber PM” has survived to “lie another day”.
Namita Singh7 June 2022 06:54
‘Utterly unfit for office,’ says Labour leader
Slamming prime minister Boris Johnson after the no-confidence ballot, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the prime minister was “utterly unfit for the great office he holds”.
“Conservative MPs made their choice,” he said. “They have ignored the British public and hitched themselves and their party firmly to Boris Johnson and all he represents.”
Keir Starmer hits out at Tory MPs for supporting Johnson’s ‘law-breaking’ leadership
He pointed to the result as fresh evidence of “divided Tories propping up Boris Johnson with no plan to tackle the issues you are facing”.
“I don’t claim that I or my party will get everything right, but I promise that when we don’t we will always be honest with you,” the Labour leader said.
Namita Singh7 June 2022 06:31
Governments need to ‘work hard to reconnect’ with parliamentary party, says minister
Environment secretary George Eustice said Monday’s no-confidence ballot underlined that “as a government, we have got to work very hard to reconnect with our own parliamentary party to reunite them behind the agenda we were all elected to deliver”.
Blackpool MP Scott Benton, who voted in favour of Boris Johnson, said he could acknowledge the outcome was not good for the prime minister, and he would have preferred a bigger majority.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr Benton said his constituents “don’t care about the tittle-tattle in Westminster”.
But asked if he could acknowledge that it was not a good result for Mr Johnson, he said: “No, I can…