At the moment, the Conservative Party is having a difficult time, and last month’s local elections show that Conservatives are on course to lose the next general election that will take place in 2025.
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Many scandals have deeply affected the public’s sentiment, and this week the U.K. 's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a serious challenge to his authority. Conservative Party members are currently pushing for a confidence vote after the “Partygate” scandal, which decimated public support for the Conservative leader.
The Conservative Party are planning to hold a confidence vote this Monday according to the Guardian, which cited comments from legislators. According to a Conservative Member of Parliament, Sir Graham Brady, the minimum threshold of 54 formal requests required are lodged with the party’s 1922 Committee in order to proceed with the vote.
If Boris Johnson loses the vote, then there are two scenarios: a general election could be called, or Johnson could resign. One thing is for sure, if the Conservatives were to declare a general election; then the Labour Party would most certainly win - ending the Conservative Party’s twelve year rule. The Conservative Party has endured a number of scandals that involve boozy parties that took place in Downing Street and Whitehall in 2020 and 2021.
If Boris Johnson wins the vote: which requires 180 votes, then he has the right to remain unchallenged for a year. The vote is set to take place between 6pm-8pm, and the vote will be counted immediately afterwards.
According to Conservative MP Stephen Hammond: “I cannot and will not defend the indefensible,” following the release of Sue Gray’s investigation on Partygate last month. “I am struck by a number of my colleagues who were really concerned that it’s almost impossible for the PM to say, ‘I want to move on,’ as we cannot move on without regaining public trust, and I am not sure that’s possible in the current situation.”
Boris Johnson has also been accused of lying to parliament and failing to take the pandemic seriously; however, he feels that he has to stay on given the dire situation that the world is in - as such he cannot “abandon” his position. Despite his desire to remain, public sentiment has rapidly deteriorated as Johnson was booed and heckled by some bystanders while he arrived at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebration.