Boris shames Labour and humiliates Corbyn and Starmer ahead of no confidence vote | Politics | News

The Prime Minister stunned Westminster last Wednesday after he took the unusual decision to put forward a confidence motion in the Government. It meant MPs this evening had the chance to vote on whether they want Mr Johnson to continue as Prime Minister while the Tory leadership contest took place.

Conservative MPs overwhelmingly backed the incumbent of No10, with the Commons voting by 349 to 238 that they had confidence in the Government.

Opening the debate on the matter in Parliament this afternoon, Mr Johnson seized on the opportunity to reel off the huge number of achievements of his Government since entering No10 in the summer of 2019.

The Prime Minister ridiculed Sir Keir Starmer and his predecessor as he mocked their failure at the last election and boasted he had saved the country from Brexit being overturned by Sir Keir and Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Johnson said: “I’ll tell him why I believe this is one of the most dynamic governments of modern times, not just overcoming adversity on a scale we haven’t seen for centuries, but delivering throughout adversary.

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Turning to Covid, the Prime Minister added: “A pandemic that was global, whose origins we do not fully understand but were nothing to do with the British people, and if anything the result of distant misbehaviour involving bats or pangolins, and whose spread was appallingly difficult to manage, and this Government never gave up through wave after wave.”

Mr Johnson praised the “resilience of the British people” in protecting the NHS.

The Prime Minister tabled the confidence motion in himself after rejecting a similar motion put forward by the Labour Party.

Sir Keir Starmer had attacked the Conservatives for allowing Mr Johnson to remain at the helm during the Tory leadership contest.

He criticised Conservative MPs for letting the incumbent at No10 “cling on” until September 5 and tabled a no confidence motion to force parliamentarians to say whether they supported him staying on as interim Prime Minister.

No confidence motions by the Opposition are usually always given time for debate by the Government, but Sir Keir’s vote was rejected by ministers last week who said he had failed to use the correct wording.

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Fixing Labour’s blunder, Mr Johnson instead put forward a confidence motion in himself to give MPs the chance to debate the Government.

Ahead of the vote, a Government spokeswoman said: “Labour were given the option to table a straightforward vote of no confidence in the Government in keeping with convention, however, they chose not to.”

Calling on MPs to vote against the Government in tonight’s confidence vote, Sir Keir told the Commons that Downing StReet was “occupied by a vengeful squatter mired in scandal”.

The Labour leader said: “Unlike his predecessors, this Prime Minister has not been forced out over policy disagreements.

“And despite the delusions he has fostered in his bunker, he has not been felled by the stampede of an eccentric herd. Instead, he has been forced out in disgrace.”

He added: “Britain deserves a fresh start with Labour fresh from those who got us stuck in the first place. Free from those who got us stuck in the first place, free from the chaotic Tory Party.

“And here’s the difference. Under my leadership the Labour Party has changed. And we’re ready to do the same for the country too.”

Confidence votes can trigger a general election if lost by the Government.

Tory MPs’ support for Mr Johnson tonight comes despite the large revolt against his leadership two weeks ago when mass Government resignations forced him to announce his departure from Downing Street.

The Prime Minister’s speech today was the penultimate time he will debate Sir Keir in the House of Commons.

He will get his final send-off in the House of Commons at Prime Minister’s Questions this Wednesday.

Parliament will then rise for the summer recess, with MPs not due to return before a new Tory leader and Prime Minister has been appointed.

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