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PM Boris Johnson assures that his leadership will continue

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This week, the prime minister paid a two-day official visit to India, where he met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and vowed to strengthen trade ties with the country. The Prime Minister has been repeatedly questioned about his future as the scandal continues to haunt him, despite his efforts to shift his focus to broader issues during this trip. Robert Largan, the latest of more than a dozen Tory MPs to speak out against Mr Johnson, told constituents in a newsletter on Friday that he “will not defend the indefensible.” Tobias Ellwood, another Conservative backbencher who has previously called for Mr Johnson’s resignation, said there had been a “silence of support” and urged Conservatives to “take matters into their own hands.” The prime minister’s woes were exacerbated by the declaration of prominent Brexiteer Steve Baker that “the gig’s up” for him, as MPs voted on Thursday for a parliamentary committee to investigate claims that he misled parliament about the Downing Street lockdown. Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Kyle told Sky News that the Prime Minister’s authority was “draining away” after the government reversed its decision to block the Commons vote.

 

Mr Johnson, on the other hand, has insisted that he has nothing to hide – and that he has been working on a post-Brexit trade deal with India, declaring that officials had been told to “get it done by Diwali in October.” When asked at a news conference in New Delhi if he was “absolutely certain” he would still be Prime Minister by then, he said, “Yes.” Conor Burns, the Northern Ireland minister and prime minister’s staunch ally, slammed the PM’s backbenchers, telling the BBC that they included people “who have never really supported the prime minister.”

 

But, as he returns to Westminster, he faces the harsh reality of an impending parliamentary investigation into his behaviour, more partygate fines from the Metropolitan Police, and an increasing number of his own backbench Conservative MPs calling for his resignation. It remains to be seen how much support Mr. Johnson will receive from Parliament in the future.

Written by: Relaks Radio

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