UK PM prepares fightback as confidence vote now likely

LONDON:  Boris Johnson's backers will shift their focus to winning a vote of no confidence, after admitting they had little prospect of preventing one from being called. The UK PM will launch a health and housing policy counter-offensive this week in a last-ditch effort to win over his opponents.

Johnson is widely anticipated to face a leadership vote as soon as this week, with some MPs anticipating that the threshold of 54 letters requesting one has already been met. On Sunday night, UK Business Minister Paul Scully acknowledged that a vote of no confidence "could well happen," but assured Johnson that he would "front it down."

Whatever happens, we must return to governing and address the issues that people want us to address on a daily basis." Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, had declared just hours before that he did not expect a vote this week.

As per reports, a No 10 source said Johnson would demonstrate over the coming days that he was "getting on with the job" and acknowledged it was also aimed at showing his decision not to be fatally weakened by a confidence vote, which the PM expects to win narrowly, the report added.

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