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Boris Johnson wins confidence vote as Conservative MPs declared their support for him as Prime Minister with 211 votes to 148 but the victory was shallower than No 10 hoped leaving the PM damaged


By Scott Maclennan

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Fochabers with Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross who voted against him.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Fochabers with Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross who voted against him.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has survived a confidence vote of Conservative MPs.

The ballot was called this morning after the requisite number of letters were sent to the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs.

And when 54 or more letters expressing a lack of confidence in Mr Johnson's leadership a vote was triggered.

Despite being under pressure for months over the so-called Partygate affair when parties were held in No 10 during the strict lockdowns of 2020.

Further allegations that Mr Johnson lied to parliament about the issue deepened the political storm.

But with the Met Police issuing 126 fines to 83 people, including the Prime Minister and the Chancellor pressure built further.

A steady trickle of letters were sent to the 1922 Committee was sparked by the publication of the Sue Gray report at the end of May.

In all at least six of eight Scottish Tory MPs voted against Mr Johnson, including the Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross.

It was another u-turn of Mr Ross' position who had previously resigned from the cabinet over Dominic Cummings own alleged rule breaking.

He said: “Having listened closely to people in Moray who re-elected me to represent them, and from many people across Scotland, now that this confidence vote is upon us, I cannot in good faith support Boris Johnson.

“My vote tonight will support the motion of no confidence.”

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