The Vote of No Confidence

Boris Johnson looking sad after no confidence vote

On the 6th of June, Boris Johnson faced a vote. He narrowly won the vote, with 59% of Conservative MPs supporting his premiership. Triggered by the 1922 committee after 15% of the Conservative Party handed in letters of no confidence. It is a bad position for any Prime Minister to be in.

Before the vote, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries gave insight into why many MPs remained loyal. She threatened that Tory donors would remove their investments if Boris Johnson was removed from his position. This puts the remaining support into question because it appears that Johnson is more of a donor puppet than a popular leader.

For example, we can now assume that an overwhelming majority (67.5%) of MPs do not support the Prime Minister. We also know that 60% of the public said he should be removed from his position.

However, Tories claim that Boris was elected by 13 Million people and, therefore, it is not the right of MPs to go against the democratic process and remove him. However, this is untrue. We use the first past the post system in the UK, and therefore Johnson was only elected by 25 Thousand people in his own constituency, a marginal victory of just 52.6%.

Furthermore, 47 million people voted in the 2019 General Election. The Conservatives only got 29.4% of the popular vote. In addition, since 2019, the conservatives have lost 6 MPs in by-elections, so that number is even smaller now.

Therefore the democratic thing to do would be to put the power in the hands of MPs elected by millions to remove one Prime Minister voted for by 25 thousand. However, the Conservative Party does not really care about democracy but its idea, which they can utilise to maintain power.

When Boris Johnson won the vote of no confidence, corruption was the actual winner. If one threat from the culture secretary is enough for MPs to maintain the power of a deplorable leader, then it is clear that this vote was won by the donors. The Conservative Party is on the bankroll of the ruling class, and they threatened to remove their financial support if Boris was removed.

Regardless, this vote of no confidence was much more of a defeat than Theresa May’s in 2019. Famously, Jacob Rees-Mogg said she should resign despite the fact she retained the support of 63% of the party, compared with Johnson’s 59% (which he said was a resounding victory). May was forced to resign 6 months after her vote, and if Boris does not do the same then the Conservatives will face a very difficult uphill battle to win the next general election in 2024.

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