LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has survived a no-confidence vote, securing enough support in his party to remain in office.
Known for his ability to shrug off scandals, the charismatic leader has struggled to turn the page on revelations that he and his staff repeatedly held boozy parties that flouted the COVID-19 restrictions they imposed on others.
Support among his fellow Conservative lawmakers has weakened as some see the leader, renowned for his ability to connect with voters, increasingly as a liability rather than an asset in elections.
Another confidence vote will be permitted in 12 months, assuming there are enough parliamentarians supporting the vote.
Regardless of the outcome, the fact that enough lawmakers are demanding such a vote represents a watershed moment for Johnson.
It is also a sign of deep Conservative divisions, less than three years after Johnson led the party to its biggest election victory for decades.