Friday 24 June 2022 11:48 PM Commonwealth leaders reject UK bid to oust Baroness Scotland as ... trends now
Boris Johnson made light of yet another election blow today as Commonwealth leaders defeated his bid to oust secretary-general Baroness Scotland.
The PM joked that it was a 'good day for democracy' as he was grilled on the failure of efforts to replace the former Labour Cabinet member - nicknamed 'Baroness Brazen' after a series of controversies.
The UK has criticised her leadership of the organisation, and supported Jamaican foreign minister Kamina Johnson Smith taking over instead.
Sources had been confident that the former Labour attorney general would be voted out at the gathering in Rwanda today, making her the first secretary-general not to be re-elected for a second term.
But in the end Lady Scotland emerged victorious by 27 votes to 24.
Mr Johnson told a press conference at the summit: 'What is the Commonwealth? It is an amazing group of 54 countries that share values and in particular, the idea of democracy and I work well with Baroness Scotland - have done for a very long time since I