PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has survived a vote of confidence in his leadership despite 148 of his MPs voting against him.
Sir Graham Brady MP, chairman of the Conservative Party’s rule-setting 1922 Committee revealed the result in the House of Commons and declared 211 of the 359 Tory MPs at Westminster had confidence in the Prime Minister.
The result gives the Prime Minister a majority of 63 MPs and under the Conservative rulebook he cannot now be challenged on his leadership for 12 months.
However with 41 per cent of his Parliamentary party having voted against him, there will be questions as to whether the Prime Minister will be able to drive through legislation in the House of Commons.
Speaking in 10 Downing Street this evening, the Prime Minister said: “What this means tonight is we can focus on what we’re doing to help people on the cost of living, with what we are doing to keep streets and communities safer,” he said.
“It gives us the chance to unite, strengthen and level up our economy,” Mr Johnson added.
The result saw Boris Johnson record the worst number of ‘no confidence’ votes in percentage terms in recent times, beating the numbers who opposed John Major and Theresa May in their respective votes of confidence in 1995 and 2018 respectively.
Worcestershire’s MPs have broadly spoken in support of the Prime Minister with Mid-Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston tweeting earlier today the party should ‘focus on people’s priorities not ourselves’.
It’s a view shared by Bromsgrove MP and Health Secretary Sajid Javid (below) and Redditch MP and Minister for Safeguarding Rachel Maclean who both offered profuse support for the Prime Minister.
Tonight the PM has secured a fresh mandate from the parliamentary party.
Now we need to unite and focus on the country’s challenges. Boosting economic growth, tackling the Covid backlogs, protecting our national security, and so much more.
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) June 6, 2022
Worcester’s MP Robin Walker and West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin both did not publicly state their intentions ahead of the vote.