Conservatives Lose 2 U.K. By-Elections, Adding to Pressure on Boris Johnson

The double defeat exposed the party’s vulnerabilities and was likely to revive talk of another no-confidence vote against the prime minister.

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In Two Elections, North and South, Boris Johnson Risks a Sharp Rebuke

Scandals, economic pain and an uproar over lockdown parties have left Britain’s Conservatives at risk of losing both recent advances and old strongholds.

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Boris Johnson Is in Trouble, and So Is Britain’s Conservative Party

The Conservatives’ problems are much bigger than the prime minister.

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With Northern Ireland and Migrants, Johnson Swings Cudgel of Survival Politics

Critics say the British leader’s hardened stances on Northern Ireland and immigration are cynical pandering to the pro-Brexit Tories he needs to stay in power.

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Traffic-Clogged North England Bitter Over Stalled Rail Plan

Transport problems are just one symptom of the economic neglect that has long hobbled the region, where growth, employment and health care mostly lag far behind the south.

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What’s Next for Boris Johnson After Narrowly Surviving No-Confidence Vote

After narrowly winning a no-confidence vote on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a long list of threats to his leadership.

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Boris Johnson Is Fatally Wounded

The prime minister’s moment of reckoning has arrived at last.

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Boris Johnson Survives Confidence Vote, Scarred but Still Standing

More than 40 percent of lawmakers in Mr. Johnson’s own Conservative Party voted to remove him, a sign that he may struggle to remain prime minister.

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Boris Johnson Makes His Case in Speech to Conservatives: ‘We Can Unite’

In a speech to his fellow Conservatives, the prime minister warned against “pointless fratricidal debate.”

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How Boris Johnson Suffered a Stunning Political Reversal

The same baffling mix of strengths and foibles that propelled Mr. Johnson’s rise have brought him low: rare political intuition, and breathtaking personal recklessness.

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Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations Offers Britons Respite From Woes

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations ended Sunday. Monday political and economic unease returns.

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As Boris Johnson Stumbles, Labour Struggles to Offer a Clear Message

Out of power for 12 years, Britain’s Labour Party has made some gains, but its message hasn’t won back the rust belt regions that abandoned it in the last election.

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Johnson Takes Aim at Next Big Political Threat: Soaring Prices in U.K.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, under pressure over a scathing report on lockdown parties in Downing Street and with his party trailing in opinion polls, unveiled an aid package Thursday.

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U.K. Donor Said to Have Funneled Russian Money to Tories

The cash was part of a fund-raising blitz that helped propel Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party to victory in 2019. Records track $630,225 to a Russian bank account.

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Boris Johnson and His Party Suffer Setbacks in Local Voting in Britain

But the British leader appeared to have survived the storm — for now at least — as the head of the opposition Labour Party came under scrutiny for violating lockdown rules himself.

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Voters Have Punished Boris Johnson. Finally.

If Mr. Johnson does not go, and soon, it will be hard to avoid the conclusion that we have crossed a Rubicon from which it will be difficult to return.

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Why Boris Johnson Will Be Tested in UK by Local Elections

The British prime minister is under fire for lockdown-breaking parties. But many voters are skeptical that the opposition can solve issues such as soaring prices.

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Britain’s Parliament Is Rocked by Sexist Episodes. Again.

Encouraging more women to run for office, critics say, is just one way to counter pervasive misogyny and sexual harassment in Parliament.

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Johnson Is All Apologies Before Parliament After ‘Partygate’ Fine

Though opposition politicians called him out, only one member of his own Conservative party called on him to resign.

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Families of U.K. Covid Victims React to Boris Johnson Fines

Those unable to be with dying loved ones find no satisfaction or closure with the penalty Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces for breaking lockdown rules.

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Johnson’s Cabinet Backs Him After ‘Partygate’ Fine

The support from the British prime minister’s party means he can likely ride out the immediate storm, but his troubles are not over, experts say.

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A Popular British Politician Falls From Grace Over a Tax Scandal

Rishi Sunak was once considered a potential successor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Now he faces scrutiny over his wealthy wife’s tax status, and over holding an American green card while in office.

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London Police Issue Fines for Downing Street Lockdown Parties

There was no indication of whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson was penalized, but the police decision puts a perilous political scandal back in the spotlight.

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U.K. Moves to Tighten Laws on Oligarchs. Critics Say It’s Too Late.

With most of the Western world uniting against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Britain is trying to plug loopholes for wealthy Russians to which it has long turned a blind eye.

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Boris Johnson Is Set to Lift Coronavirus Restrictions in England

Aides to Mr. Johnson say the British prime minister is shifting toward a strategy for living with Covid-19. Critics argue that the move is too soon, even as case numbers fall.

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A Charity Led By Prince Charles Is Investigated As Prince Andrew Settles

A day after Prince Andrew settled a sexual assault lawsuit, the police announced they were investigating a charity led by Prince Charles.

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Boris Johnson Shuffles Team to Tamp Down Mutiny Within His Party

The British prime minister shuffles his team to tamp down a growing mutiny within his Conservative Party over his leadership.

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Britain’s Conservatives Enabled Boris Johnson. How Much Will It Cost Them?

This may be a British story, but the Conservatives’ decision on Johnson’s fate will resonate among many political parties across the democratic world.

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Top Aides to Boris Johnson Quit, Adding to Downing Street Turmoil

Day after day, new developments add to the political crisis over boozy parties during lockdown, which threatens to bring down the prime minister.

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As Boris Johnson Seeks a Reset, More Tory Lawmakers Defect

Britain’s prime minister tried to steer attention away from a damning report on Downing Street parties, but his support continued to erode.

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Report on Downing Street Parties Deepens Crisis for Boris Johnson

A long-awaited assessment on whether Downing Street flouted lockdown rules declared that there were “failures of leadership and judgment’’ by Mr. Johnson’s government.

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After the Gray Report, Boris Johnson Is Hanging by a Thread

Is this the end for the prime minister?

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Britannia, With Fewer Rules

What England’s push to get back to business as usual says about the national character.

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U.K. Police Ask for Report on Boris Johnson to Withhold Details

The request would mean that the senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report on her investigation into Downing Street parties is unlikely to lay out the most serious accusations in full.

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Johnson Vows to Release Full Report on Lockdown Parties

The findings of an inquiry into the parties at Downing Street have yet to be made public. Information that may compromise a police investigation is currently being removed from the report.

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How Partying Could Be Boris Johnson’s Undoing

The British prime minister is engulfed in a scandal over parties held at his home and office during lockdown. Could this spell the end of his premiership?

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U.K. Pursues More Muscular Role in Standoff With Russia Over Ukraine

With a late-night announcement about Russian meddling in Ukraine, the U.K. signaled its intention to be a player in Europe’s security crisis — even as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is besieged by political scandals.

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As Johnson Reels From Scandals, Is Someone Plotting to Take His Place?

A key question is: Will the results of an inquiry over parties in Downing Street during lockdown push a fellow conservative to move against Prime Minister Boris Johnson?

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BBC Funding Frozen for 2 Years as Cabinet Minister Attacks Public Fee

The license fee on TV owners makes up three-quarters of the British broadcaster’s income and is guaranteed until 2027.

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Boris Johnson Has Survived Many Scandals. This One Is Different.

What might seem like an overblown reaction to a gathering in a garden — as opposed to, say, a violent insurrection — could well have historic repercussions.

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U.K. Monarchy and Government Plunge Into Simultaneous Crises

Historically, one of the institutions has stabilized the other in rocky moments. With troubling accusations against Prince Andrew and Boris Johnson, that’s not an option now.

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Boris Johnson, Under Fire, Apologizes for Pandemic Party

The British prime minister, on the defensive after a series of ethical lapses, said, “I know there are things we simply did not get right” about a gathering at 10 Downing Street during a lockdown in 2020.

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Boris Johnson Again Accused of Breaking His Own Lockdown Rules

The prime minister and his government are accused — yet again — of violating their own lockdown rules, undermining their credibility and attempts to pivot to other issues.

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Boris Johnson’s Repressive Legislation Reveals Who He Really Is

A raft of repressive legislation shows the prime minister’s true colors.

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How Biden and Boris Johnson Reached the Same Place on Virus Policy

Two different leaders with differing approaches landed on a policy of coexisting with the virus. Analysts say they had little choice.

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Ethics Adviser Rebukes Boris Johnson Over Downing Street Decorations

The adviser said it was “plainly unsatisfactory” that he was not told that Mr. Johnson had petitioned a prominent donor to arrange financing for the makeover of his apartment.

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U.K. Foreign Secretary Inherits Thorny Issue: Northern Ireland Talks

Liz Truss is taking charge of Brexit talks after the surprise resignation of David Frost. If she is successful, it could give her a significant political boost.

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As Europe Returns Artifacts, Britain Stays Silent on the Parthenon Marbles

The Parthenon Marbles in London are likely the world’s most famous disputed museum items. Yet the British government says the sculptures’ fate isn’t its concern.

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U.K. Weighing Lockdown Amid an Omicron Wave and Political Turmoil

Britain’s health secretary said on Sunday he wouldn’t rule out more restrictions before Christmas, but the prime minister would most likely face sharp pushback from his own party.

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David Frost, Brexit Negotiator, Resigns in Another Blow to Boris Johnson

The move puts new pressure on the prime minister, whose leadership has been called into question by a series of setbacks, including a new wave of Covid infections.

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