Boris Johnson wins confidence vote to remain British PM

Boris Johnson has survived a vote of no confidence to remain Prime Minister of the UK.

According to Graham Brady, chairman of the party committee that oversaw the ballot, 211 MPs voted in support of the Prime Minister staying on as leader, while 148 did not.

The ballot, mounted by members of Mr Johnson’s own Conservative Party, took place at 5am Tuesday Australian time.


ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT


“Good evening,” Mr Brady said when announcing the results of the vote.

“I can report as returning officer that 359 ballots were cast, no spoilt ballots, that the vote in favour of having confidence in Boris Johnson as leader was 211 votes and a vote against was 148 votes.

“And therefore, I can announce that the parliamentary party does have confidence in Boris Johnson.”

There had been mounting pressure on Mr Johnson to stand down, following a report into numerous COVID-19 lockdown parties held at his residence.

More to come.