Live updates: Boris Johnson confidence vote
Boris Johnson is facing a vote of confidence in his leadership today after more than 54 lawmakers in his own party submitted letters against him.
It comes after months of turmoil over illegal parties held in and around Downing Street during official Covid-19 lockdowns.
Johnson had the opportunity to address Conservative Party MPs in private at 4 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET), before the lawmakers vote on his future by secret ballot between 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) and 8 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) at Westminster.
Graham Brady, Chair of the 1922 Committee of backbench lawmakers, will then announce the result around an hour later at 9 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET).
If 180 Conservative lawmakers — a simple majority — vote against Johnson, he will cease to be leader of the party and will be forced from office, less than three years after winning a general election in a landslide. Under Conservative Party rules, Johnson would not be allowed to run in the leadership contest following his ouster.
If Johnson wins the vote, he will remain both as leader of the ruling party and as Prime Minister.
A comfortable win could mean Johnson arguably emerges stronger within his party. Under current party rules — which can be changed at any time — he’d be immune from another leadership challenge for 12 months.
A narrow win, by contrast, would leave Johnson’s reputation diminished even if it does not topple his government. Disappointing results in this month’s by-elections could heap more pressure on Johnson ahead of a national general election expected in 2024.
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