Boris claims a “convincing” victory after two-fifths of his MPs voted to oust him

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The Prime Minister rose to the challenge with the support of just 59% of his peers (Image: Getty)

Boris Johnson has insisted he won his no-confidence vote by a “convincing and decisive” majority despite garnering the support of just 59% of his peers.

A total of 148 Tory MPs voted Monday night to oust their leader, while 211 backed him to stay in office – meaning he effectively has the support of less than a third of the House of Commons.

The prime minister said his government was ready to “move on” after the result but appeared undecided at the prospect of early general elections to bolster his position.

He twice dodged questions from the BBC on whether he would rule out a snap election, before finally saying he was “certainly not interested”.

Mr Johnson said: “I think it’s a compelling result, a crucial result and it means that we as a government can move on and focus on the things that really matter to the people.”

Westminster experts largely agreed that Mr Johnson’s leadership emerged badly injured from the vote, which was sparked when 15% of MPs tabled letters of no confidence amid mounting anger over the ‘Partygate’ scandal.

It has put him in a weaker position than his predecessor, Theresa May, after she survived a no-confidence vote months before her ouster.

In the December 2018 election, 37% of Tory MPs voted against her, as opposed to the 41% who were against Mr Johnson on Monday.

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Mr Johnson has been challenged about the significance of the gap and also claimed the vote gave him a bigger mandate than his 2019 leadership election.

But his share of the vote was lower than the 66% of peers who chose him over Jeremy Hunt.

He also appeared to be implying that the excitement surrounding his lockdown antics had been overdone in the press and that voters were uninterested.

He continued: “I am grateful to my colleagues, I am grateful for the support they have given me.


Boris’ result was worse than Theresa May’s a few months before she was ousted (Image: AFP)

“Of course I understand that we need to come together now as a government and as a party and that is what we can do now.

“And what that gives us is an opportunity to move away from all the things that the media has wanted to focus on for a very long time and do our job, which is to focus on the things that I think the public actually does.” von uns wants to talk about what we’re talking about, what we’re doing to help the people of this country and all the things we’re doing to move this country forward.’

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