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Partygate and the Platinum Jubilee

On 6 June, because the UK recovered from a vibrant weekend marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson managed to outlive a no-confidence vote organised by his personal Conservative majority, plagued in latest months by the “partygate” scandal.

211 Tory MPs (59 p.c) voted to retain the Prime Minister, whereas 148 (41 p.c) voted for his dismissal. Johnson, for his half, declared himself glad with this “extraordinarily good, optimistic, conclusive, decisive end result”. In truth, he emerges from the vote considerably weakened, mired in a divided celebration, sinking public approval and the warfare in Ukraine, and going through elevated electoral competitors – to not point out the truth that the parliamentary enquiry into partygate has not even begun.

Having stubbornly refused to resign ever because the first revelations of events held in 10 Downing Road throughout lockdown, Boris Johnson nonetheless appears to be like set to carry on to his job – however for a way for much longer? In December 2018, his predecessor Theresa Could defeated a no-confidence vote with 63 p.c of the vote, earlier than being pushed out six months later. Will Johnson handle to do higher?

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