Boris Johnson had “bullish” words for journalists when he landed in India and “vowed” to fight on as prime minister at least until the next election, before the House of Commons voted on his handling of the Partygate scandal.
En route to Gujarat, the first stop on the prime minister’s trip before meeting his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Johnson “blocked” questions about the scandal, Modi said financial times.
When asked if he would run in the next election, he replied: “Of course, yes.” He told journalists he had no intention of leaving as he was trying to downplay the importance of the scandal jeopardize his position as prime minister.
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Back in Westminster, government whips “tumbled” on Wednesday night to “derail” a Labor motion intended to trigger a House of Commons inquiry into whether Johnson misled Parliament for breaking a rule at Downing Street, he reported The guard.
But after a “growing backlash” from Conservative MPs – including “tangible uneasiness” from some front-benchers at the prospect of voting to block an inquiry into the prime minister – the government “privately conceded” it would not be able to rebel flogging Tories. Instead, it filed a motion to delay the investigation until after the final results were released party gate reported by SueGray.
The filing of the so-called “wrecking amendment” means MPs will be offered another vote on the issue once the police investigation is complete and the Gray report is released.
For now, at least, it’s likely to “bought off” most Tory rebels expected to vote for the change, he said The times. But Tory MPs have warned that such a move “could increase the risk” for the Prime Minister if his party does poorly in next month’s local elections or if he faces further fines.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/politics/956486/boris-johnson-lands-in-india-as-tories-vote-for-wrecking-amendment Boris Johnson lands in India as Tories vote in devastating amendment