Opposition to Johnson came from within his own party, which is embroiled in a partygate scandal involving the party in violation of lockdown regulations. Although Boris apologized in parliament for admitting to attending the banquet, some in the opposition and the ruling party insisted that the prime minister resign.
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A commission of inquiry set up following the controversy found that a similar party had taken place in Boris’ residence and other ministerial buildings. Following this, MPs from the Conservative Party filed a letter of no confidence against Boris.
According to Conservative Party rules, 15 percent of party MPs must vote if required. The Conservative Party has 359 members in the 650 – member parliament. Despite Boris’s vote from within his own party, the opposition Labor Party has been wary of moves against the prime minister.
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Under current law, MPs can no longer ask for a vote of confidence for one year. With the vote in favor, Boris will be able to continue as prime minister for another year.
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