A Wounded Boris Johnson Fights On

That Boris Johnson survived Monday’s hasty no-confidence vote within his party is a testament to the British Prime Minister’s charisma and cunning. That he has faced the vote at all is a sign that he and his Tory party remain in grave political danger, and for reasons Conservatives elsewhere in the world can learn from.

The intra-party vote was triggered when at least 54 Conservative MPs – 15% of Mr Johnson’s group – expressed dissatisfaction with Mr Johnson’s leadership. It’s a remarkable development just two and a half years after he won a historic parliamentary majority of 80 seats, including districts that never voted Tory. Mr Johnson prevailed 211-148 on Monday, but the fact that 41% of his own party no longer has confidence in him will prove definitive unless he executes an about-face. A Wounded Boris Johnson Fights On

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