Boris Johnson faces commons for first time since his own MPs attempted to depose him

Boris Johnson faces commons for first time since his own MPs attempted to depose him

Boris Johnson faces commons for first time since his own MPs attempted to depose him

Boris Johnson recovering following minor nose surgery (credits:google)

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  • Boris Johnson appeared in the House of Commons for the first time since a third of his own MPs attempted to depose him.
  • The prime minister survived a confidence vote on Monday by a margin of 211 to 148.
  • Mr. Johnson and his supporters attempted to portray the triumph as ‘decisive’.
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Boris Johnson appeared in the House of Commons for the first time since a third of his own MPs attempted to depose him.

The prime minister survived a confidence vote on Monday by a margin of 211 to 148, keeping him in power but weakening him.

He went into prime minister’s questions knowing that a number of MPs on the benches behind him had attempted to force him out of Downing Street only 48 hours before.

Mr. Johnson and his supporters attempted to portray the triumph as ‘decisive’ and sufficient to ‘draw a line under’ widespread dissatisfaction with his leadership.

Read more: Is Boris Johnson safe after surviving confidence vote?

As he entered the Commons chamber, he was greeted with rapturous applause from a portion of his own MPs, and he avoided any censure from the Tory benches.

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Angela Eagle, a Labor MP, said the vote demonstrated “just how despised his prime minister is, and that’s just within his own party,” and questioned why the country could trust him.

‘In a lengthy political career, I have of course picked up political opponents from all over, and that is because this government has done some very large and very amazing things that they did not necessarily approve of,’ he responded.

‘Nothing and no one, least of all her, will prevent us from getting on with the job and delivering for the British people.’

Read more: UK’s Boris Johnson wins confidence vote but suffers big rebellion

Sir Keir Starmer chose not to press the Tories about their civility, instead focusing on the government’s NHS record and adjustments to waiting time rules.

‘Whenever this prime minister falls short, he simply modifies the regulations and lowers the bar,’ he said.

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Mr. Johnson’s political future remains in jeopardy, with the party set to lose two by-elections later this month and an investigation into whether he misled parliament still underway.

The extent of his defiance on Monday raises the possibility of Tory MPs sabotaging government legislation.

Unlike Theresa May’s critics, who were mostly unified in their desire for a hard Brexit, the Prime Minister is facing open opposition from across the Conservative Party.

From pro-single market defense committee head Tobias Elwood to anti-EU veteran Steve Baker, to senior figures like ex-foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and Scottish Tory chief Douglas Ross, high-profile MPs are actively seeking to force his resignation.

Downing Street is planning a policy blitz to alter the agenda, but it’s unclear what Mr. Johnson may offer to pacify the opposition.

While the Sue Gray report sparked the confidence vote, there is also dissatisfaction with the government’s high tax and spend policy.

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Read more: Boris Johnson wins a party confidence vote despite being damaged

Sajid Javid, the health minister, said he’d want to see us do more on tax reduction,’ implying that the cabinet is set to slash the family’s 70-year high tax load.

Johnson could possibly be about to reshuffle his cabinet, despite accusations in The Telegraph that he discussed ministerial sackings on Monday evening.

Some are asking Sunak to replace the chancellor with Hunt, whose reputation has been tarnished by revelations about his tax affairs and the cost of living crisis.

Some close to the Prime Minister believe that promoting him would unify the party and eliminate the threat of a leadership challenge, however it’s uncertain whether he would accept the job offer.

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