Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, praised his vote victory as “excellent news” and a “decisive result,” as he narrowly saved his job.
“I think it’s a very good, positive, definitive, definite result that allows us to move on to unite,” Johnson said shortly after the vote in an interview.
As per reports, 148 of Johnson’s own MPs voted against him on Monday night, while 211 voted in his favour.
“What it means for us as a government is that we can go on and focus on the things that truly matter to people,” Johnson continued, adding that the outcome allows his administration to “leave behind us all the crap that folks in the media like going on.”
Johnson, on the other hand, said he was “not interested” in calling a snap election, but he did not rule it out.
According to Graham Brady, head of the party committee, he received 211 votes in favour and 148 votes against him.
Johnson’s resignation was sought by the opposition and members of his own party in the wake of the “Partygate” affair, which raised doubts about his rule and labelled Johnson a liability.
Johnson has been accused of throwing lockdown parties at his house and workplace. By inviting and attending gatherings at government offices, he disobeyed his own government’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
However, 58.6% of Conservative MPs endorsed him, a lower percentage than former Prime Minister Theresa May, who received 63 percent of her parliamentarians’ support (200 in a much smaller parliamentary party) when she faced a confidence vote in 2018, according to the newspaper.