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BREAKING: Boris Johnson Wins No-Confidence Vote

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British Conservative MPs on Monday voted on the future of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after calling a no-confidence vote over a string of scandals that have left the party’s public standing in tatters.

The beleaguered leader has spent months battling to maintain his grip on power after the “Partygate” controversy saw him become the first serving UK prime minister to have broken the law.

Johnson, 57, won a landslide election victory in December 2019 on a vow to “get Brexit done”. He needs the backing of 180 MPs to survive Monday’s vote: a majority of one out of the 359 sitting Conservatives.

If he loses, he must step down as party leader but can stay on as prime minister pending an internal leadership election.

In previous Tory ballots, predecessors Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May both ultimately resigned despite narrowly winning their own votes, deciding that their premierships were terminally damaged.

“If he wins narrowly, history suggests it would still be the beginning of the end for him,” said politics expert Hannah Bunting at the University of Exeter.

The ballot opened at a parliamentary committee room at 1700 GMT. May voted in a ballgown. A sombre-looking Johnson said nothing as he arrived and left. The poll ended at 1900 GMT, with the result due an hour later.

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