Vote of no confidence result: MPs back government after PM calls vote

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Boris Johnson has called a vote of no confidence in his government after a similar Labor motion failed

The vote took place on Monday evening (07/18) in which the members of parliament voted on whether they still have confidence in the majority of conservatives in parliament.

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The motion passed with 349 votes in favor of the government and 238 against – a majority of 111.

Why was there a vote of no confidence?

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A vote of no confidence was announced after Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is set to step down in September, made the surprise move.

Former Labor Secretary Kevin Brennan said in the debate it was “highly unconventional” for Mr Johnson to propose a vote of confidence in his own government.

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He added, “Although I suppose he’s an unconventional person, as only an unconventional man would want an opportunity to speak at his own funeral.”

The result now means the Prime Minister is expected to remain in his role for the next seven weeks until a new Conservative Party leader is elected to replace him.

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What was said in the no-confidence debate?

Mr Johnson opened the debate during his tenure as Prime Minister by carrying out what he saw as his greatest achievements in office.

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Amid angry heckling from opposition benches, he spoke about Brexit, support for Ukraine and his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister also hinted that he would have “more to say” about the events surrounding his ouster “in due course”.

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The debate followed a turbulent few months in Westminster, during which Mr Johnson was embroiled in a series of scandals and accused of lying and breaking rules.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons during a debate on whether MPs have confidence in the government.

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “The deception never ends. What a relief for the country that they finally got around to sacking him.

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“And in many ways the chaos of the last fortnight looks familiar. The third Tory leadership contest in six years. The latest bumper summer for graphic designers and brand managers. The latest parade of pretenders promising unfunded tax cuts.

“The latest ministerial posts have been given with a wink and a shake in exchange for a nomination. And TV debates are so embarrassing that even the candidates drop out.

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“Every two years they swap out a failed prime minister.”

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said: “Let us reflect on a man who should never have come into office in the first place. A man who simply should not be here a minute longer because he showed no dignity in office, in the highest office in the country.”

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He added: “He doesn’t deserve another day. Don’t worry, another seven weeks.”

Former Minister Sir Edward Leigh was among a group of Tory loyalists who expressed regret at Mr Johnson’s impending departure.

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He said: “I think we’re going to ask ourselves, what have we done? What did we do to a man who gave us that 80-seat majority?”

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