In London, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a vote of no confidence held Monday by members of his own Conservative Party.
Graham Brady: “The vote in favor of having confidence in Boris Johnson as leader was 211 votes, and the vote against was 148 votes. And therefore, I can announce that the parliamentary party does have confidence.”
Johnson faced widespread criticism after Scotland Yard found his government held at least a dozen parties at government buildings, including the prime minister’s official residence at 10 Downing Street, during the first year of the pandemic — in violation of Johnson’s COVID lockdown orders. Johnson described Monday’s no-confidence vote as good news for the U.K. Meanwhile, Keir Starmer of the opposition Labour Party reiterated his call for Johnson to resign.