Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a confidence vote by 211 votes in favor and 148 of his own MPs voting against him
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Boris Johnson is set to address his cabinet today after narrowly escaping a confidence vote last night that saw sections of his own party oppose him.
A majority of Tory backbenchers said they had no confidence in his leadership, but Mr Johnson held on to power by a vote of 211 in favour, 148 against.
No 10 announced this morning that the embattled PM will hold a cabinet today as he tries to get his party back together.
In it he will: “Set out his vision for the coming weeks, in which the government will make new policy commitments that will continue to make a real difference in people’s lives.”
This comes after around 41 percent of Johnson’s own party voted for him to take part in the confidence vote yesterday.
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In the secret ballot, his result was worse than Theresa May in 2019.
The humiliated PM was nearly booted from the No. 10 after months of allegations against party gates that made him the first sitting PM to break the law.
Even after surviving the vote, Johnson’s position is far from secure after a number of MPs publicly opposed him.
Theresa May lasted only a few months after the vote against her.
One of the most well-known defectors was former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who broke cover during the day to say he was voting against the Prime Minister.
And he was far from alone, as a significant number of other Tory MPs publicly protested the man who gave them a landslide election victory 907 days ago.
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen this morning said Boris Johnson should “go honor now”.
The North West Leicestershire MP tweeted an article by Lord William Hague in which the former Tory leader called on the Prime Minister to vacate his post.
“Lord Hague is right. Remaining concerns from across the party will linger,” Mr Bridgen wrote.
“Last night’s vote is a worse percentage than Ms May’s and on par with Heseltine’s challenge to Ms Thatcher,” he added in another tweet.
“The Prime Minister should now go with honor and residual affection for what he has achieved.”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-boris-johnson-address-cabinet-27164290 Boris Johnson addresses his cabinet TODAY after narrowly escaping the confidence vote