One Conservative leadership campaign is active in Portcullis House, the annexe to parliament where MPs and journalists mingle, sharing tea, coffee and (in my case) Danish pastries. Jeremy Hunt’s supporters are promoting him as the answer
Prime ministers tend to last longer than you think. I haven’t placed a bet of more than 50p on politics since I lost an undisclosed sum on John Major to cease being prime minister in 1994. It seemed obvious to me that the Conservative Party
We are at the last-moment doubts stage of the defenestration of Boris Johnson. Conservative MPs have decided that the prime minister must go. What is holding them back is not knowing what will happen next. They think Rishi Sunak would win the leadership
A few thousand miles away, Ukraine had just been invaded by Russia — but in his home state of sunny Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis was centre stage. At the Conservative Political Action Conference — known by its friends
This, to borrow a phrase, is the beginning of the end for the nasty, brutish and short premiership of Boris Johnson. He’s moved fast and decisively for a change, in getting the vote of confidence under way as soon as possible, in an effort to deny his less organised enemies a chance to get their act together
Johnson won the backing of 211 out of 359 Conservative lawmakers in a secret ballot, more than the simple majority needed to remain in power, but still a significant rebellion of 148 MPs.
They growled and they grunted, and they banged on their desks, but they couldn’t quite hold back the inevitable. When Sir Graham Brady read out the numbers — 211 to 148 — they sat in their little oak-panelled room, doing the very best they could to pretend it hadn’t been a complete disaster. But it had.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a Conservative Party no-confidence motion, where 211 voted for him and 148 against. He needed 180 votes. It has been claimed that he has won by a good enough margin, and he plans to go ahead with the business of governing, and deal with the economic crisis facing the country.
He did not apologise for the scandals that eventually ended his premiership, from revelations of boozy partying in his office during COVID-19 lockdowns and the handling of sexual abuse complaints in the party.