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Boris Johnson could be overthrown this week – UK media – RT World News

Members of the UK PM’s party are said to expect his leadership to be challenged this week in a vote of confidence

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would face a challenge to his grip on power as early as this week, as members of his own party push for a vote of confidence after the “Party of the Party” The scandal shattered public support for their embattled leader.

Members of Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party are aiming to hold a vote of confidence on Wednesday, the London newspaper Sunday Times reported, citing comments from lawmakers. A Tory MP told the outlet that dissenting members had already reached the threshold of 54 formal demands lodged with the party’s 1922 committee to force a vote.

A negative result would force Johnson to resign or call a general election, giving voters the chance to choose a new leadership. Johnson’s party has taken a political beating since revelations that his office held alcohol-fueled parties in Downing Street and Whitehall during the nationwide Covid-19 shutdowns in 2020 and 2021.

“I cannot and will not defend the indefensible” Tory MP Stephen Hammond said after an investigative report into Partygate was published late last month. ‘I am struck by a number of my colleagues who were genuinely concerned that it was almost impossible for the Prime Minister to say, ‘I want to move on’, because we cannot move on without regaining trust. from the public, and I’m not sure that’s possible in the current situation.”

The Tories could struggle to hold on to two seats in Parliament that will be up for grabs later this month in a by-election after two MPs were forced to resign – one for watching pornography on his phone at the House of Commons and the other for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. The opposition Labor Party candidate is polling with a double-digit lead in at least one of those races.

Dozens of Tory MPs have publicly called on Johnson to resign over leadership failures and allegedly misleading Parliament. The prime minister ignored those demands, saying earlier this week that he could not “to abandon” the nation amid economic difficulties and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

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Johnson was booed by onlookers as he arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday for the National Service of Thanksgiving, part of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebration. The Conservatives lost nearly 500 seats and control of 11 councils in local elections last month.


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