UK citizens to vote on Johnson's government
How legitimate is Johnson's government after inflation and the Partygate scandal?
Citizens will be voting on Thursday in a mid-term test for Boris Johnson's government, which will predict his political future.
The local election results will measure up just how legitimate Johnson's conservative government is on a local level, especially after the Partygate scandal which has led conservatives and liberals alike to demand Johnson to step down. The vote will also project how threatening Labour is to the Tories.
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Over 12 of Johnson's Conservative MPs have expressed waning support for their elected Prime Minister over Partygate.
There was "a moral vacuum at the heart of our government," wrote Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who was a Johnson loyalist.
In 2019, Johnson won the election by an overwhelming majority - his campaign was centered around Brexit and promises to break years of political deadlock.
Johnson became the first prime minister to be fined for breaking his own laws, violating COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
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A number of factors could be at play, encouraging his stepping down from authority. The increasing cost of living is also a key issue for working-class voters. "What's going to get folks a lot is the cost of living: food is going up, energy is going up," said one voter.
"What he (Johnson) did was bad, with partygate, they were more or less laughing at you," the 76-year-old retired factory worker told AFP. "But they should focus on cost of living."
According to polls, it could be predicted that Labour will win the most seats in England while seeking to gain ground on the pro-independence Scottish National Party (NSP) in Scotland, in addition to consolidating its hold on Wales.