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UK’s Johnson vows not to resign as his support wanes amid ‘partygate’ scandal

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from 10 Downing Street in central London on January 12, 2022. (Tolga Akmen / AFP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from 10 Downing Street in central London on January 12, 2022. (Tolga Akmen / AFP)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defies calls to resign in a feisty performance in Parliament — but it may be too little to prevent his Conservative Party’s lawmakers from trying to oust him over a string of lockdown-flouting government parties.

Pressure on the prime minister grew as one Conservative lawmaker defects to the opposition Labour Party and a former member of Johnson’s Cabinet tells him: “In the name of God, go!”

Johnson brushes aside calls to quit, but his defiant performance is met by muted cheers on the Conservative side of the House of Commons.

Conservative legislators are judging whether to trigger a no-confidence vote in Johnson amid public anger over the “partygate” scandal. It’s a stunning reversal of fortune for a politician who just over two years ago led the Conservatives to their biggest election victory in almost 40 years.

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