The Prime Minister insists the narrow victory is a “positive, conclusive and crucial” result to move away from issues like Partygate, which had prompted many Tory MPs to vote against him.
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The injured Boris Johnson has claimed his narrow win in confidence with Tory MPs is an “extremely good” result – he insists it’s even more popular than it was in 2019.
The Prime Minister spent all day pleading and begging the Tories to vote for him in the embarrassing no-confidence vote in which he claimed the public would not forgive them for pursuing “Westminster” issues.
He even told Tory MPs in a private meeting in Westminster that “under my leadership” the party had won its biggest election victory in 40 years.
Tory MPs voted 211 to 148 for the Prime Minister, but the scale of the revolt against his leadership has left him wounded.
The Prime Minister survived the confidence vote, but that means 41.2% of his own party believe he is unable to remain party leader.
Facing a confidence vote in 2018, Theresa May secured the support of 63% of her MPs but was still ousted within six months.
Mr Johnson said the Government can now “move on” after the “conclusive, decisive” result and insists he is not interested in a snap election.
But in reality, he could suffer more blows in two key by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton on June 23.
Most Scottish Tory MPs voted against allowing the Prime Minister to keep his job, including Douglas Ross and Andrew Bowie.
Labor leader Keir Starmer said Tory MPs had failed to “show some backbone” and chose to “ignore” public sentiment and throw their weight behind the Prime Minister.
In a brief statement, Mr Starmer said: “The Conservative Party now believes that good government focused on improving life is asking too much.
“The Conservative Party now believes that breaking the law is not an impediment to making the law.
“The Conservative Party now believes that the British public has no right to expect honest politicians.”
Sir Roger Gale, an outspoken critic of the PM who voted “no confidence”, said he still thinks Mr Johnson should not lead the party to the next election.
He told Sky News: “I don’t think he should lead the party to the next general election and I think there are other elephant traps – two by-elections coming up, the Privileges Committee report in the autumn – there’s a lot of hurdles left before, and I think an Honor Secretary would look at the numbers, accept the fact that he has lost the support of a significant part of his party and reconsider his position, but I don’t think he’s going to do that.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-boris-johnson-claims-dismal-27163330 Boris Johnson claims result is 'good' and he's more popular than 2019