Boris Johnson: Kuenssberg discusses vote of no confidence
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Boris Johnson has been Prime Minister of the UK for two and a half years. It’s been a dramatic tenure, to say the least, with Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic, and numerous scandals under the leader’s belt so far. As Tory MPs reportedly meet to discuss whether a vote of no confidence could be tabled against the ailing Prime Minister, Express.co.uk takes a look back at some of the biggest moments of his premiership.
July 24, 2019 – Johnson takes over from Theresa May as Prime Minister
Mr Johnson won a Conservative leader campaign at the start of 2019, meaning he took the reins from Theresa May in July.
Ms May had previously resigned from the role, after reaching a House of Commons impasse in her bid to pass through a Brexit deal.
August 28, 2019 – Unlawful proroguing of UK Parliament
Mr Johnson’s first major act as PM was to prorogue Parliament – effectively calling a prolonged suspension and Queen’s Speech – in order to sneak through a Brexit deal.
The decision was widely condemned as undemocratic, as MPs had previously been told to vote on all Brexit deals brought forward.
Mr Johnson’s decision was later ruled as “unlawful”, and the prorogation was cut short.
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December 13, 2019 – a huge election victory
Boris Johnson won an 80-seat majority in the 2019 election, crushing the hopes of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn.
January 31, 2020 – Britain leaves the EU
When Boris first became Prime Minister in July 2019, he promised to defy “the doubters, the doomsters and the gloomsters” by delivering Brexit within 99 days.
Perhaps he miscalculated, as Britain was always due to leave the EU on January 31, 2020.
Either way, the UK finally exited the bloc on January 31, after down to the wire discussions between negotiators and a dramatic winter session for parliament.
March 23, 2020 – Boris locks down Britain
Months later, disaster struck when it became apparent that COVID-19 was the biggest threat to public health in decades.
Mr Johnson, who had originally ruled out going into a harsh lockdown, plunged Britain into its first lockdown, marking the official beginning of the crisis that has so far killed more than 150,000 people in the UK alone.
April 7, 2020 – Intensive care with COVID-19
Mr Johnson became the first major world leader to fall seriously ill with the virus not long after Britain shut down.
His then girlfriend Carrie Johnson was heavily pregnant with their son Wilfred at the time, but Mr Johnson made a full recovery after his three-day stay at St Thomas’s in London.
May 22, 2020 – Dominic Cummings affair published
Allegations of a trip to Durham from London made by Dominic Cummings and his family emerged, resulting in the biggest crisis involving a Government aide in recent UK history.
Mr Cummings gave an unprecedented press conference from the Rose Garden of Downing Street in an attempt to explain why he did it – but the public weren’t so convinced after being locked down for months on end themselves.
Mr Johnson backed his aide, claiming that he considered the matter closed.
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November 13, 2020 – Dominic Cummings leaves
Few could have predicted that Mr Cummings is now an arch enemy of the Government, working hard to expose his version of the Downing Street parties scandal.
He left his post as Mr Johnson’s top advisor in November 2020.
December 8, 2020 – Vaccination rollout begins
Arguably the biggest success of Mr Johnson’s time as Prime Minister, the coronavirus vaccine rollout has delivered hundreds of millions of jabs to Brits.
December 21, 2020 – Christmas is cancelled
Hopes of a Christmas with family and friends were ruined for millions when harsh restrictions were brought in for Londoners and large parts of the UK just days before Christmas.
Just days earlier, the PM claimed it would be “inhuman” of him to cancel Christmas.
June 27, 2021 – Matt Hancock resigns
The Health Secretary resigned after his affair with married aide Gina Colangelo was embarrassingly exposed via leaked CCTV footage from inside the Department for Health.
October 26, 2021 – Owen Paterson scandal begins
A report into former MP Owen Paterson’s conduct found he was running an “egregious case of paid advocacy”, according to the official report into him taking hundreds of thousands from firms outside of his role as an MP in a cash-for-access scandal.
Mr Johnson managed to make one disaster into a whole other disaster when he attempted to rewrite parliamentary rules so Mr Paterson would avoid suspension – which unsurprisingly resulted in a swift u-turn.
November 22, 2021 – Peppa Pig World
If ‘Prime Minister rambles on about Peppa Pig world during business speech’ wasn’t on your 2021 bingo card, then shame on you.
Britain heard the Prime Minister profess his love for the family attraction at a fumbled speech at the CBI annual conference, where he proclaimed: “Peppa Pig World is very much my kind of place.”
December 10, 2021 – Downing Street parties exposed
Mr Johnson is still facing his biggest challenge yet following the exposure of numerous parties in Downing Street during various coronavirus lockdowns.
This month the Prime Minister apologised for his presence at one party, which he now claims no one told him was against the rules.
The ongoing scandal has led to speculation a vote of no confidence could be coming for the Prime Minister in the coming weeks.
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