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  1. Goodbye - and thanks for joining us

    That's it for now but if you still want more, follow our latest news story here.

    Our live coverage today was written by Joseph Lee, Sam Hancock, Alex Kleiderman and Craig Hutchison. It was edited by Owen Amos and Marie Jackson.

  2. Round up: Lines drawn, tax cuts promised but doubts remain

    Jubilee bunting removed from Downing Street
    Image caption: The bunting came down at No 10 as Boris Johnson promised a renewed focus on the government's agenda

    We're bringing our live coverage of the fall-out from last night's confidence vote to a close shortly. But here's a round-up of what we learned today:

    • Boris Johnson held a cabinet meeting with cameras rolling as he insisted the 211-148 victory in the confidence vote meant he could "draw a line under issues our opponents want to talk about"
    • He urged ministers to cut costs and said the government would deliver economic growth by cutting taxes
    • Downing Street said it was not aware that Johnson was investigating whether any ministers voted against him in the secret ballot and said there were no current plans to reshuffle his cabinet
    • Foreign Secretary Liz Truss joined a chorus of cabinet members saying it was "time to move on", and she denied she was launching a leadership bid
    • But one long-standing backbench Conservative critic of the prime minister, Sir Roger Gale, said it was "highly doubtful" Johnson would stay in post beyond the autumn
    • Former party leader William Hague called the level of opposition "devastating" and urged the PM to resign
    • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, by contrast, said he was "very happy" Johnson survived the vote, calling him "an important ally"
  3. Wrong time to change leader, say Brecon residents

    Daniel Davies

    BBC Wales political correspondent

    There was a sense of resignation in the centre of Brecon after Conservative MPs voted to back Boris Johnson.

    “It’s almost a case of better the devil you know really,” one man told me.

    We heard the sentiment more than once from people who didn’t see an obvious alternative leader in a seat the Tories reclaimed from the Liberal Democrats in 2019.

    Dawn MicIntosh
    Image caption: Dawn McIntosh says she is "on the fence" about Boris Johnson but is sticking with his party

    At her carpet and flooring business, Youngs, in the town centre, Dawn McIntosh said she would stick with the Conservatives.

    She was “on the fence” about Johnson, but thought “now would definitely be the wrong time” to change the leader.

    Malcolm MacDonald, whose family have a fish stall in the town market, said the prime minister had been the subject of a “witch hunt”.

    “Johnson has got a lot of faults, but so has everybody,” he said.

    “He looks like a clown, but he’s not as big a clown as everyone thinks he is.”

    Malcolm MacDonald,
    Image caption: Malcolm MacDonald: "He’s not as big a clown as everyone thinks he is"
  4. PM's 'I'd do it again' partygate comments foolish - MP

    David Cameron and Giles Watling (right) in 2014
    Image caption: Giles Watling is pictured here in 2014 with former prime minister David Cameron

    Giles Watling, one of the Tory MPs who sided against Boris Johnson on Monday, says the prime minister made some "slightly foolish" comments on Partygate before the vote.

    Speaking to backbenchers in the 1922 Committee, Johnson reportedly defended his appearance at leaving dos that led some Downing Street staff to receive fines for breaking lockdown rules saying he would "do it again".

    Clacton MP Watling says: "We all made sacrifices during lockdown.

    "Sadly I lost one of my sisters and I wasn't able to see her as much as I'd liked because of lockdown.

    "Now, I understand the feelings of people out there who went through quite some privation."

  5. Reality Check

    Rees-Mogg’s different reactions to confidence votes

    In December 2018, Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke to the BBC about the result of the confidence vote in Theresa May.

    The then prime minister won the vote with 63% of Conservative MPs backing her, somewhat better than the 59% who supported Boris Johnson last night.

    At the time, Rees-Mogg described the 2018 verdict as “a terrible result for the prime minister... The prime minister must realise that under all constitutional norms she ought to go and see the Queen urgently and resign.”

    However, he described Johnson’s win – with a smaller majority than May – as “a good victory for the prime minister – he won comfortably – and now he is getting on with business”.

    On 6 June on Sky News, Rees-Mogg said of his earlier comments on May: “Everyone said to me afterwards that was absolute nonsense and I had to eat a good deal of my own words.”

  6. Will Tory scandals see a small town go red?

    Jenny Kumah

    Reporting from Tiverton

    Member of the public Chris Williams speaks to the BBC in Tiverton
    Image caption: Chris Williams wants a "better leader"

    Tiverton is an ordinary market town in a traditional rural part of Devon, but around a month a go it was at the centre of an extraordinary political story.

    The Conservative MP Neil Parish resigned after admitting watching pornography in the House of Commons. And on 23 June, people living here will get to vote for their next MP.

    So, how are people here feeling about last night's confidence vote in the PM?

    It’s market day here in Tiverton and shopper Chris Williams says she’s voted Conservative in the past.

    “I don’t think Boris has much longer to be our Prime Minister. It’s regretful but let’s hope somebody else in the Conservative Party will come forward and perhaps be a better leader."

    Member of the public Sultan Barak speaks to the BBC in Tiverton
    Image caption: Sultan Barak wants the PM to stay

    Out on the High Street, barber Sultan Barak thinks the Tories should move on from Partygate. “He’s done more than enough, he works hard and is a good prime minister,” Mr Barak said, adding that the PM should stay.

    Tiverton and Honiton has been a Conservative seat for decades. Neil Parish won with a majority of 24,000 in the 2019 election. But opposition parties are hoping to change all that in the by-election later this month.

  7. Legislation to override Northern Ireland protocol delayed

    Jessica Parker

    Brussels correspondent

    Protest sign near the port of Larne, north of Belfast
    Image caption: Unionists say the protocol has effectively created a border in the sea between Northern Ireland and Great Britain

    Boris Johnson may now hope to be seen to be getting on with the business of government but it’s emerged that a much talked about piece of legislation has been delayed.

    Tomorrow was pencilled in for the publication of a bill to allow ministers to potentially override parts of a treaty governing post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.

    The Northern Ireland Protocol was an agreement that Boris Johnson signed up to, with the EU - but the UK now argues it’s not working and needs fundamental changes.

    While Brussels accepts it’s causing trade disruption, on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, it wants any changes to be within the terms of the treaty.

    The impasse saw Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announce plans to override parts of the protocol but the bill’s first reading has now been pushed back until at least Thursday or even next week.

    Whitehall sources say that’s because the legal text isn’t quite ready.

    It’s a controversial piece of legislation that Tory MP and former minister Jesse Norman said yesterday would be economically damaging and illegal, as he withdrew his support for the Prime Minister.

    However the Democratic Unionist Party, who are deeply unhappy with the protocol, today warned Conservative MPs not to oppose the plans.

  8. WATCH: Zelensky 'glad' Johnson survived confidence vote

    Video content

    Video caption: Ukraine president Zelensky on Johnson vote: This is great news

    Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier he was "very happy" Boris Johnson survived last night's attempt to oust him from Number 10.

    Speaking to a Financial Times event, the Ukrainian President said he was glad not to have lost an "important ally".

    The pair have formed a close relationship since Russia launched its invasion, with many voters telling the BBC yesterday and today this was the quality of Johnson's leadership they valued most at the moment.

  9. Autumn of discontent awaits PM, warns ex-adviser

    Boris Johnson is seen holding his head in one hand

    More commentary now on Boris Johnson's leadership, after a former policy adviser to David Cameron accuses the government of having "no vision" and heading for an "autumn of discontent" after yesterday's vote.

    Camilla Cavendish tells BBC Radio 4's World at One programme that the PM is fond of "talking about delivering for the people", but insists there isn't "anybody [who] can tell you what he is supposed to be delivering”.

    The result, she adds, is a "deeply split" party which will start to see a "slow drip, drip of a loss of momentum for" the PM over the coming months.

    Asked who she thinks could replace Johnson, if it comes to that, she says it can't be anyone from his cabinet because they've been "tarnished" defending their boss. She suggests MP Tom Tugendhat or former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, instead.

    “You need somebody who [can] recognise and respect convention, which is what we haven't got at the moment."

  10. Analysis

    Wider questions about PM's authority

    Nick Eardley

    Political correspondent

    Despite Boris Johnson's significant majority, he will now have to look over his shoulder when it comes to contentious votes and controversial policies.

    Will those who want him out be harder to win over?

    There will be efforts to pressure the prime minister to change the way he governs in the next few weeks.

    One former cabinet minister told me the PM needed to "cut the culture war crap".

    Within government itself there are those who want change too.

    One minister told me: "We have a window to show we get it…Things need to change, most of all him."

    Read more from Nick here.

  11. Analysis

    Threats that lie ahead for Johnson

    Nick Eardley

    Political correspondent

    Boris Johnson at cabinet  on 7 June 2022

    In theory, the prime minister is safe from another confidence vote for a year.

    Under the current rules of the 1922 committee, which organises leadership contests, another challenge can't happen for 12 months after the incumbent wins. But not everyone is convinced.

    "All this assumption that he's safe for a year - I don't think anyone believes that," one backbencher told me this morning.

    Rebels are already talking about how they could force another vote on Boris Johnson's future.

    But there are big political pitfalls ahead too, which could change minds.

    The subject currently dominating talk among Tory MPs is the two by-elections later this month.

    Then there's Partygate - which isn't over yet.

    Parliament's privileges committee is due to look into whether the prime minister misled the House of Commons - and sources close to that process believe that could be damning for Mr Johnson. The committee is thought likely to report in the Autumn.

    Read more from Nick here.

  12. Vote means Johnson must change economic course, says Brexit negotiator

    Lord Frost

    Former Brexit minister Lord Frost has said the size of the opposition to the prime minister shows that a change of policy is needed on the economy.

    He told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme that "both sides need to accept the vote".

    "The prime minister's opponents have got to accept the fact that he won, and his supporters and the Prime Minister himself have got to accept that a change of policy is needed," he said.

    "The vote last night, when nearly 150 of your own MPs vote against you, that is a sign of a big problem and I think the big problem is that we are delivering an economic policy that is not going to deliver prosperity and wealth."

    He said the government should reverse tax rises such as the National Insurance increase, introduced to tackle the NHS pandemic backlog and to improve social care.

    "It is not Conservative to be raising taxes, and it is undermining growth and prosperity," he said.

    Lord Frost resigned from the government in December last year, citing "concerns about the direction of travel", including the need to create a "a lightly regulated, low-tax, entrepreneurial economy" and fears that Covid policy was too "coercive".

  13. Foreign secretary: Time to move on

    Liz Truss

    Liz Truss has backed Boris Johnson after Monday's confidence vote and dismissed suggestions she is launching a leadership bid - saying she is "100% focused" on her role as foreign secretary.

    Truss says a "clear majority" of Tory MPs backed the prime minister and it is "time to move on".

    Work on the Ukraine invasion and the Northern Ireland protocol was "taking up all of my time", she says.

    "We had a vote yesterday... It is time to draw a line, move forward and focus on what people want us to be talking about - housing, childcare and delivering on lower taxes," she adds.

  14. 'Very disappointing' not everyone stuck to rules - Vallance

    The government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance

    The government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, who helped steer the country through the pandemic, says it was "very disappointing" not everyone stuck to the rules.Asked by ITV News about revelations around events held in Downing Street during the pandemic, he said: "I think it was really important at all stages that everyone stuck to the rules, there's no question about that.

    "It only worked when people stuck to them - and it's very disappointing that that wasn't the case."

  15. Johnson biographer explains why Partygate has not gone away

    Boris Johnson

    Sonia Purnell, Boris Johnson's biographer, tells BBCScotland’s Lunchtime Live why Partygate has not gone away.

    “My mother was in a care home, I thought she was safe. She went into lockdown before the rest of us and I thought 'well that’s good, she’ll be protected'.

    “But they sent out people from hospital who had Covid, they were untested. At least one was put on her floor in the care home.

    “And everyone on her floor died, including my mother. I was informed by e-mail.

    “I buried her the day before the Downing Street garden party, and you know there were only 10 of us allowed.”

    Ms Purnell says it was a “deeply traumatic experience” and she says it is very difficult to come to terms with.

    “The people who governed us, who we would normally want to rely on as having our best interests at heart, were drinking and vomiting, carrying on in a way that was totally undignified at best, almost callous in its disregard for the rest of us."

  16. 'I didn't see anyone for six months because it was the law'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Barbara Garwood, from Derby

    We've been reporting on Boris Johnson's plan to "draw a line" under the Partygate saga after yesterday's no-confidence vote, but for some people it isn't that simple.

    Barbara Garwood, from Derby, spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live earlier about her experience of lockdown.

    "For over six months, I didn’t see a single person, not anybody. I was stuck in my bungalow on my own and it felt like I was in solitary confinement," she said.

    "It felt like I'd done something wrong [but] I accepted it and I did it because it was the best thing to do to keep myself safe, but also to keep other people safe. And I did it because it was the law.

    "So, to find out that people were drinking and partying... it’s just really insulting."

  17. Johnson to face questioning from critics next month

    Boris Johnson survived a vote to oust him last night - but faces some potentially tough tests in the weeks ahead.

    First come two by-elections this month - contests to replace Conservative MPs who resigned. And another test is expected to take place on 6 July when Johnson is scheduled to appear before MPs on the Liaison Committee.

    The panel that will question Johnson has not been announced but is made up of the chairs of the Commons select committees - and some of them are prominent critics of the prime minister.

    Defence Committee chairman Tobias Ellwood and Health Committee chairman Jeremy Hunt have both called on Johnson to step down.

    Meanwhile, Environmental Audit Committee chairman Philip Dunne is known to have voted against Mr Johnson and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Tugendhat is seen as a possible future leadership contender.

  18. 'It was game on' - Newscast on the confidence vote

    The Newscast team got together last night to give their reaction to a day of drama as Boris Johnson battled his way through the confidence vote.

    There's analysis from BBC political editor Chris Mason and colleagues, reaction from key players and Theresa May in a sparkly ballgown. You can listen here.

  19. Johnson unlikely to remain PM beyond autumn, predicts critic

    Sir Roger Gale

    Sir Roger Gale has been an outspoken critic of Boris Johnson and, following the confidence vote, he's restating his view that the prime minister should not take the Conservatives into the next general election.

    But speaking to the BBC News Channel, Gale stressed "we are not opponents of the government. We are Conservatives. We are working on a Conservative manifesto. And we are trying to deliver Conservative policies and Conservative legislation.

    "It is Mr Johnson who is the problem. He doesn't seem to recognise that."

    Asked whether MPs who voted against Johnson could realistically stand at the next general election with him as party leader, Gale suggests "it is highly doubtful" he would remain in the position beyond the autumn.

    He says "none of the fundamental concerns about the prime minister" have changed as a result of the confidence vote.

  20. Minister says NHS is a Blockbuster system in the age of Netflix

    A Blockbuster video store in Wisconsin in 2004

    As the government tries to stake out its agenda to move on from the confidence vote, Downing Street said the health secretary had updated the cabinet on the post-pandemic challenges facing the NHS.

    According to Downing Street's account, Sajid Javid told the meeting earlier today we had a "Blockbuster healthcare system in the age of Netflix" - a reference to the video rental chain that went bankrupt in 2010 as streaming services took over.

    Javid said the government had set the NHS a target of "dramatically improving" productivity and major changes were needed in areas such as the use of technology and data.

    It was no longer simply an option to stick to the status quo, the health secretary told colleagues.