London (The Times Groupe)- UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a leadership challenge on Monday night by defeating a no-confidence vote from his own Conservative Party.
Boris Johnson received 211 votes from Conservative MPs, with 148 voting against him, in a vote triggered in the morning by an announcement from the 1922 Committee, the party’s parliamentary group in the House of Commons.
Johnson’s leadership came after letters from rebel Conservative MPs crossed the threshold of 54 letters – or 15% of the total – that reached Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the committee.
Johnson said in a pre-vote address to his MPs that he was “glad that this vote is finally taking place because tonight we have a chance to end the media-driven focus on the leadership of the Conservative Party.”
“And if you will support me tonight, we can stop talking about ourselves and start talking exclusively about what we are doing for the people of this country,” he said.
Recently reconnected Brexit controversies were dismissed as “hellish groundhog day debates about the merits of belonging to the single market, rehashing the same questions that we settled two-and-a-half years ago.”