UK Conservative MPs on Monday rejected a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Boris Johnson. With 148 votes, when 180 were needed to remove him, the prime minister remains in office after the mechanism that could remove him from the post was activated by members of his own party.
Another 211 lawmakers from the Conservative Party voted to continue Johnson’s government.
The UK records its highest inflation in four decades. The Consumer Price Index in April 2022 was 9% higher than that recorded in the same month in 2021, according to the Office for National Statistics. Food and fuel prices pushed the index up.
Johnson is also questioned for holding parties during the period of isolation of the covid-19 pandemic in a scandal that became known as partygate. Employee Sue Gray’s Internal Report investigated the holding of 16 events in Downing Street, the UK Prime Minister’s residence and workplace, which may have contravened social isolation rules.
With Monday’s victory and under current rules, Johnson cannot be the subject of another no-confidence vote for 12 months. These rules, however, can be changed and Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, resigned from office even after winning a vote of no confidence in the face of parliamentary instability.
Editing: Rodrigo Durao Coelho