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Boris Johnson survives no confidence vote but 148 Tory MPs refuse to back him

The British Prime Minister has survived an attempt to oust him as Tory leader following a vote of the party’s MPs at Westminster.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Alberto Pezzali/PA)

David Hughes, PA Political Editor

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has survived a confidence vote in his leadership of the Tory party but his authority has been dealt a significant blow.

Tory MPs voted by 211 to 148 in support of Johnson but the scale of the revolt against his leadership leaves him wounded.

When Theresa May faced a confidence vote in 2018 she secured the support of 63pc of her MPs – but was still forced out within six months.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson in No 10 earlier on Monday (Alberto Pezzali/PA)

Mr Johnson saw 41pc of his MPs vote against him, a worse result than Mrs May.

Beleaguered Boris made a last-ditch plea to Tory MPs to back him, promising future tax cuts and highlighting his own record of electoral success.

But with concern over the partygate scandal, economic policy, drifting opinion polls and Mr Johnson’s style of leadership, the UK Prime Minister faced a difficult task to persuade his doubters.

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