(Bloomberg) -- The UK government won a vote of confidence in the House of Commons, meaning it will remain in office while the Conservative Party chooses a new leader to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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The government won by 349 votes to 238, a result that was in little doubt given the Tories have a working majority of 73 in the House of Commons.
Had the government lost, it could have seen Queen Elizabeth II invite a senior Tory other than Johnson to form an administration that could command a Commons majority. If that were not possible, it could have triggered a snap general election.
The government’s win means it will stay in place while the Conservative leadership contest proceeds. Earlier on Monday, the contenders to succeed Johnson were whittled down to four from five after a third round of voting among Tory MPs.
The party plans to narrow the field further to two on Wednesday. The final two candidates will then make the case over the summer to the wider party membership, who will vote to elect the new Tory leader and prime minister on September 5.
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