UK: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will seek to shore up his position on Tuesday by setting out a raft of new policies to senior ministers after he survived a confidence vote that revealed the scale of the threat to his position.
Johnson won the vote late on Monday by 211 votes to 148 – enough to avoid having to immediately resign but a larger than anticipated rebellion within his party that leaves him politically wounded and battling to win back the confidence of his colleagues and the general public.
Johnson’s office issued a statement saying he would use the meeting to set out his vision for the coming weeks, including new policies to reduce the cost of childcare and to help more people buy their own homes.
“This is a government that delivers on what the people of this country care about most,” Johnson said in the statement.
“We are on the side of hard-working British people, and we are going to get on with the job.”
Lawmakers in Johnson’s party called the confidence vote after months of scandal over lockdown-breaking parties at the heart of government and criticism of his response to an inflation-fuelled surge in the cost of living.
The front pages of British newspapers offered little comfort that the vote was, as Johnson described it in the aftermath on Monday, a decisive result that allows him to refocus on his political priorities.
The Daily Telegraph called the result a “hollow victory. The Sun tabloid declared “PM survives … Just”
Two of his predecessors, May in 2019 and Margaret Thatcher in 1990, won confidence votes but were forced to resign after the ballots exposed levels of internal opposition that made their positions untenable. Another, Prime Minister John Major, won his vote in 1995, only to be crushed by Labour in a landslide two years later.
– NBC NEWS