Boris Johnson remains Prime Minister this morning after surviving a confidence vote of Conservative MPs last night. Mr Johnson won the vote with 211 MPs in favour.
However, 148 MPs who currently represent his party in Westminster voted against him, meaning that questions over his future remain. This morning’s national newspapers will – for the most part – not make great reading for the PM.
The Labour-leaning Daily Mirror calls the outcome a ‘brutal attack’ and leads with the headline that the ‘party’s over, Boris’, accompanied by a picture of the PM looking less than happy. It reports that he has been warned that he will be out within a year.
The Daily Express is, meanwhile, predictably somewhat more supportive of Mr Johnson, calling him ‘defiant and unbowed’ in its front page headline and reporting that the PM will ‘lead party to victory’.
The Daily Star has its usual irreverent take on things – continuing the theme of using nicknames for politicians. On this occasion Mr Johnson is compared to Pinocchio and says the PM ‘survives to lie another day’ alongside a somewhat altered picture.
The i reports that the Prime Minister is ‘wounded’ and ‘in peril’, noting that 41% of his MPs want him gone.
The left-leaning Guardian reports that Mr Johnson is ‘clinging to power’ after suffering ‘humiliation’ in last night’s vote.
The Metro is another paper to go with the ‘party is over’ line as it says there are fears he has been left a ‘lame duck’ PM ahead of two by-elections later this month, which are seen as the next test of his government’s popularity.
The Sun uses a twist on a violent night in Nazi Germany and the colour of Mr Johnson’s hair to hammer home the fact that he was ‘stabbed in back by 148 Tories’.
Staunch Conservative paper The Daily Telegraph is probably less positive than Mr Johnson might have been hoping this morning, leading with the headline that a ‘hollow victory tears Tories apart’.
The also right-leaning Daily Mail takes a more positive spin, saying that Mr Johnson has vowed to ‘bash on’ and focus on the issues that matter to the general public.
The Times, meanwhile, calls Mr Johnson ‘a wounded victor’ and says the vote was ‘worse than expected’. Like others, it has noted that the proportion against him is the same as that which caused Margaret Thatcher’s downfall in 1990.