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More UK lawmakers say they’ve lost trust in Johnson over ‘partygate’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Photo by Reuters)

Two more British lawmakers say they have lost trust in Prime Minister Boris Johnson for throwing several “illegal” parties at his office during the pandemic.

Conservative MP John Stevenson said he had been "deeply disappointed" over the scandal, which has become known as the “partygate,” Reuters reported on Wednesday.

"Sadly, the prime minister appears unwilling to bring matters to a head," Stevenson said in a statement. "Therefore, the only option is for the Conservative MPs to facilitate a vote of confidence. I have already taken the appropriate action," he added.

Former Conservative Party Leader William Hague said Johnson was likely to face a vote of confidence by the end of June or even way sooner.

"Johnson is in real trouble here," he told Times Radio. The party is "moving towards, either next week or around the end of June, they are moving towards having a ballot." 

Altogether, more than 25 legislators have openly welcomed the prospect of Johnson losing his job over the scandal. Six more have criticized him without asking him to resign.

At least 54 Conservative MPs are required to request a vote of confidence in order for the prime minister to face the challenge.

Johnson has refused to acknowledge breaking any laws, saying there had been "no intent to break the law" on his part.

Christopher Geidt, the premier's independent advisor on ministers' interests, however, said there was a "legitimate question" about whether Johnson broke the ministerial code.

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