Political Enemies Enjoy Boris Johnson’s Misery in Parliament

LONDON (AP) – A defiant British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday urged him to continue his work as he faced parliament for the first time since 41% of his own party lawmakers called on him to resign.

Johnson continues to waver after surviving a vote of no confidence by Conservative Party lawmakers by a narrower-than-expected margin. In all, 148 of the 359 Tory lawmakers voted against him in Monday’s vote.

Johnson says he plans to move forward and focus on bread-and-butter issues, such as eliminating national health backlogs, tackling crime, alleviating a cost of living crisis and creating highly skilled jobs in a country that has left the European Union.

“As for jobs, I’ll continue with mine,” he told lawmakers during the prime minister’s weekly questioning session in the House of Commons.

But opponents of Johnson’s party say they haven’t given up on pushing him out. They fear Johnson, his reputation tarnished by revelations of ruling parties violating the COVID-19 lockdown, will doom the party in the next national election, to be held in 2024.

Still, conservative lawmakers dutifully applauded Johnson during a rowdy prime minister’s questions, while detractors reveled in the prime minister’s troubles.

Opposition leader Keir Starmer said any conservatives who want to give Johnson another chance would be disappointed.

“They want him to change, but he can’t,” Starmer said.

Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford called Johnson “a crippled Prime Minister in charge of a divided party in a divided kingdom.” And Labor lawmaker Angela Eagle asked: “If 148 of his own backbenchers don’t trust him, why should the country?”

Johnson replied that “in a long political career thus far, I’ve naturally picked up political opponents everywhere.”

But he said: “absolutely nothing and no one…will stop us from going ahead and delivering for the British people.”

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