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Two years after his historic electoral victory, the conservative leader is weakened by a series of scandals, on conflicts of interest within his party or even the parties in Downing Street at the end of 2020 in defiance of health rules. He risks the loss of a conservative stronghold on Thursday during a partial legislative test.

Tuesday evening, he suffered a snub in the House of Commons: 99 deputies of his majority voted against the introduction of a health passport for major events. It took the support of the Labor opposition to pass this flagship government measure to tackle the tsunami Omicron cases in a country that already has 146,500 deaths from COVID-19.

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This is the biggest rebellion suffered by Boris Johnson. At the level of the party, only the former Prime Minister Theresa May had already suffered the worst blow since the Second World War, before being dismissed by her own.

Sledgehammer, big backhand or Bruised boris : British newspapers underlined the extent of the mistrust on Wednesday, while only about sixty Tories rebels were initially expected, not 99.

We won yesterday’s vote with the votes of the Conservatives, defended Boris Jonhson, during the weekly session of the questions of the deputies, particularly agitated.

I respect and understand the legitimate concerns of my colleagues regarding restrictions on their freedom, he added, but I believe that the approach we take is balanced, proportionate and fair for this country.

Conservative MPs were wrong to vote against basic sanitation measures but I can understand why because they are mad at him, launched Labor leader Keir Starmer, judging the head of government too weak to rule and asking him if he had the necessary trust and authority.

Keir Starmer is standing and speaking in the House of Commons, as elected officials watch.

Labor leader Keir Starmer questions Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the UK House of Commons.

Photo: via reuters / British Parliament / Jessaica Taylor

This rebellion is a sign of the discontent of some Tories against health measures that they consider liberticidal and harmful for the British economy. But it is also a broader sanction against a government which multiplies scandals.

The Prime Minister has received the very clear message yesterday that his colleagues are not happy with the way the government is operating at the moment, Tory MP Mark Harper told Times Radio

According to him, it all started several weeks ago, when Boris Johnson tried to change the disciplinary rules of Parliament in favor of a Conservative MP, Owen Paterson, who had to resign over a lobbying affair.

Added to this are explosive revelations about events being held in Downing Street in December 2020 – when the government demanded Britons to severely limit their social interactions – and numerous accusations of corruption.

A government in office, but no longer in power

In front of this fed up with Tories, the Conservative Party could organize a vote of no confidence against its leader, who is drastically losing popularity in the polls. MP Goeffrey Clifton-Brown has already publicly indicated on Sky News that he wants such a ballot.

The vultures are spinning again, just two years after the Conservative Party tore up its last leader, estimated in the Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, for whom Foreign Minister Liz Truss would be the obvious candidate to succeed to Johnson.

The government now depends on Starmer to provide a stable majority in its politics, underlines in an editorial by Times Daniel Finkelstein, according to whom the government is in office, but no longer in power.

The legitimacy of the Prime Minister will be tested on Thursday in a by-election with referendum value in North Shropshire (central England), intended to replace Owen Paterson.

According to experts, this conservative stronghold could escape the Prime Minister in favor of the Liberal Democrats.

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