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British PM Boris Johnson survives vote of no-confidence

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FILE This Saturday, May 3, 2008 file photo shows London Mayor-elect Boris Johnson speaking after signing the declaration of acceptance as Mayor of London at London’s City Hall. Analysts say it’s an Olympic tussle, an election battle to win control of London’s City Hall just weeks before thousands of athletes and spectators arrive in Britain’s capital for the Summer Games. But local elections being held Thursday May 3, 2012 across Britain, including a vote for London’s mayor, could have more far reaching repercussions _ catapulting Boris Johnson, the capital’s famously outspoken, but well liked leader, on a path to national power.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori, File)

London – UPDATE – U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a no-confidence vote Monday sparked by members of his own party.
One hundred 48 Conservative MPs anonymously voted to remove him, short of the 180 required for a majority.

Johnson broke the  law by attending several social gatherings during the U.K.’s strict Covid lockdown.

Still, party rules dictate that he cannot face another confidence vote for a year.

ORIGINAL STORY
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a no-confidence vote today on his leadership of the Conservative Party and the UK government.

Members of Johnson’s party have called for the vote in response to his controversial attendance of parties he put on while the UK was supposed to be locked down during pandemic restrictions in 2020 and 2021.

Recently, Johnson has been under immense pressure over the social gatherings held by Downing Street staff when the rest of the country was under strict Covid-19 restrictions.

The Prime Minister was also fined by police for breaching the lockdown rules.

Today, Johnson faces a vote of confidence by his own Conservative Party’s lawmakers. If he loses, he will be forced to step down as Prime Minister.

More than half the Conservative Party members of Parliament would have to vote no-confidence for Johnson get tossed out as party leader and Prime Minister.

Will Queen Elizabeth have a say in the matter? The Queen has a special relationship with the Prime Minister, retaining the right to appoint and also meeting with him on a regular basis.