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Why is the vote of no confidence on the prime minister for Conservative MPs only?

Because it's not a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister, it's a vote of confidence in the Leader of the Conservative Party, who also happens to be the Prime Minister. See the announcement from the ...
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Is there enough support in the UK parliament for a no confidence vote in the PM?

148 Conservative MPs ... ... have voted in favor of a change of leadership of the conservative party. Had they prevailed, there would be a new Conservative prime minister. That is a very different ...
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What does "Boris Johnson has a hundred and sixty MPs on his payroll anyway who were going to vote for him because they're within the government" mean?

The "payroll" refers to MPs who hold roles in the government, i.e. government ministers, parliamentary private secretaries (PPS), whips or in some way dependent on the PM's patronage. These ...
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Is there enough support in the UK parliament for a no confidence vote in the PM?

While the title question is "Is there enough support for a no-confidence vote?" I want to answer one of the questions in the text first: Is it possible for the opposition to launch a no ...
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Over what period must the no-confidence letters in the leader of the UK Conservative party be received?

There is no validity period as such - and indeed, in this current case, some MPs did write letters of no confidence very soon into the current Prime Minister's tenure. Sir Roger Gale, for instance, ...
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Why is working from home/green commute not seriously considered by Western governments to tackle climate change and to reduce Russian oil use?

I looked through a ton of sources but all of them seem to come to the same conclusion that in Europe, gasoline (called petrol for the non-Americans) is not used in significant amounts. As WFH seems to ...
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'Can' the UK 'protest' about the death sentences to the two UK citizens?

I would guess that they can't protest to something that to them does not exist? Not recognizing a de facto government as a sovereign state is not the same as not recognizing that it exists. The very ...
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What would be the driving political force behind pushes to ban no fault evictions?

There are more tenants than there are landlords, plus landlords aren't generally a popular crowd. Hence appealing to tenant voters is likely to garner more votes than appealing to landlord voters. In ...
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Over what period must the no-confidence letters in the leader of the UK Conservative party be received?

There is no limit on the timing in which letters can be sent to the 1922 Committee as far as I am aware. A previous question was asked regarding whether a new leader enjoys a period of immunity from ...
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Why is working from home/green commute not seriously considered by Western governments to tackle climate change and to reduce Russian oil use?

While I do think that remote work is a good thing in general, there are several important differences between the two situations you mention. Even if all businesses were to fully embrace remote work ...
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'Can' the UK 'protest' about the death sentences to the two UK citizens?

Of course the U.K. can protest. The DPR exists "de facto". It doesn't need to exist "de jure" to be negotiated with. The vast majority of all countries have "de facto" ...
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Why is working from home/green commute not seriously considered by Western governments to tackle climate change and to reduce Russian oil use?

I would say because of the number of jobs that would be able to have remote work and the costs involved in setting up remote work. What many don't realize is that there is a decent amount of work and ...
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Could a Conservative leader who loses the party's confidence vote refuse to resign as Prime Minister?

A Prime Minister who refuses to resign at the point where all conventions dictate that he should resign has some overlap with the previously-asked question, "Is there any mechanism to remove a UK ...
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Could a Conservative leader who loses the party's confidence vote refuse to resign as Prime Minister?

Formally the Prime Minister is chosen by the Queen. By (strong) convention, she chooses a Prime Minister on the advice of her Ministers, ie the Cabinet. Now the Prime Minister is expected to resign ...
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Why is working from home/green commute not seriously considered by Western governments to tackle climate change and to reduce Russian oil use?

A slightly different take: Traditionally, working from home was seen by employers as a bad move, purely because the employers didn't trust their employees to actually work. The pandemic has pretty ...
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Why is working from home/green commute not seriously considered by Western governments to tackle climate change and to reduce Russian oil use?

You mix different goals like fighting inflation, global warming and the Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine. People might only share some of these goals and solutions would probably depend on ...
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Is there enough support in the UK parliament for a no confidence vote in the PM?

Not only has the (more precisely: one of the parties in the) opposition considered a motion of no confidence, the Liberal Democrats have tabled one. However, as the Mirror writes, it is unlikely to go ...
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Why is the vote of no confidence on the prime minister for Conservative MPs only?

I want to clarify one thing: It is possible for a Parliamentary vote of no confidence to be held, in which case the entire parliament would be voting for the fate of the government, including the ...
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What are the consequences for the UK monarch for making political comments?

The statement was clearly a private one and not an official statement of the monarchy in any official capacity. Members of the British royal family can of course have and express their own private ...
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What are the consequences for the UK monarch for making political comments?

In theory, it is still Her Majesty's government and if HM says jump, they are supposed to jump. In practice, the UK has become used to an unelected head of state and an elected head of government, and ...
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Could a Conservative leader who loses the party's confidence vote refuse to resign as Prime Minister?

The vote of confidence that took place this week was an internal matter to the Conservative Party, conducted privately under party rules - in a committee room of the House. Strictly speaking it had ...
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Does Keir Starmer fit into the New Labour category?

Keir Starmer has not adopted the New Labour nomenclature, nor do any current Labour MPs, so far as I'm aware. It is deeply associated with Tony Blair - and while many greatly admire and respect Sir ...
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What are the consequences for the UK monarch for making political comments?

For centuries now, the monarch has kept themselves from commenting publicly on practically any political issue. The last time an Act of Parliament did not receive Royal Assent was in 1708 and that ...
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Why didn't Thatcher give Hong Kong to Taiwan?

Bear in mind that Britain recognised the People's Republic as early as 1949 (or could have been 1950 - it was certainly the post-war Labour government anyway). France recognised them in the 1960s and ...
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