Boris Johnson seeks to shore up position by setting out policies

Boris Johnson seeks to shore up position by setting out policies

Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, will be attempting to shore up his position by setting out a raft of new policies to senior ministers after he survived a confidence vote that revealed the scale of the threat to his position.

Johnson won the vote on Monday by 211 votes to 148 -- enough to avoid having to immediately resign, but a larger than anticipated rebellion within his party that leaves him politically wounded and trying to win back the confidence of his colleagues and the general public.

His first challenge will be to convince his most senior allies, some of whom would probably run to replace him if he had been forced out, that he will be able to move on from questions about his leadership.

Johnson's office issued a statement saying he would use the meeting to set out his vision for the coming weeks, including new policies to reduce childcare costs and help more people buy their own homes.

Johnson said in the statement that this government delivers on what the people of this country care about most.

We are going to get on with the job, because we are on the side of hard-working British people. The confidence vote was called by lawmakers in Johnson's party after months of scandal over lock-down-breaking parties at the heart of government and critics of his response to an inflation-fueled surge in the cost of living.

Johnson described the vote as a decisive result that allows him to focus on his political priorities, even though the front pages of British newspapers gave little comfort that the vote was a decisive result that allowed him to focus on his political priorities.

The result was a hollow victory, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Sun tabloid declared PM survives Just Calling the result a pyrrhic victory, and the Times leader column said Johnson's political authority was badly dented and his party even more divided.

If Johnson wants to avoid leading the Tories Conservatives to a calamitous defeat in the next election, he will need to show a degree of grip and focus that has been largely absent so far in his premiership.

The rules of Johnson's Conservative Party mean that he is safe from another confidence vote for the next 12 months, but those rules could be changed if there is enough political will to do so.

In 2018, Johnson's predecessor Theresa May won a larger share of a similar confidence vote, only to resign six months later.