Boris Johnson vows to get on with being Prime Minister

LONDON – Boris Johnson has said he is de­termined to “get on” with his job, in his first Commons ap­pearance since surviving a con­fidence vote in his leadership.

Amid testy exchanges at Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour MP Dame Angela Eagle told Johnson he was loathed and should resign. But the prime minister said his political career had “barely begun”.

Four in 10 Tory MPs declared a lack of confidence in Johnson’s leadership in Monday’s vote. The worse-than-expected result followed several months of dif­ficulties for the prime minister, who has received ongoing criti­cism over parties that took place in Downing Street during lockdown.

Following the vote, the prime minister promised to “draw a line” under his recent difficulties and announce a wide­spread programme of reforms to help deal with crime, the NHS and the rapidly rising cost of living.

Says his political career has “barely begun”

His ministers have stood by him, but in the first departure from government since the vote, Baroness Helena Morrissey left her job at the Foreign Office on Wednesday. In an interview with LBC radio, Baroness Mor­rissey said some Tory MPs con­sidered the prime minister “a liability” and she had not seen “any contrition” from him after the confidence vote. The BBC understands Foreign Secretary Liz Truss found Baroness Mor­rissey’s comments “outrageous” and the peer “jumped before she was pushed”.

Meanwhile, at a noisy Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr John­son reiterated his commitment to remain in power. Asking the first question, Dame Angela said: “This week’s events have demonstrated just how loathed this prime minister is, and that’s only in his own party.

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