British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered a severe setback in a by-election held in England, in which Labor and the Liberal Democrats won two seats.
The defeat of the “Tories” in the constituencies of Wakefieldnorthern England, and Tiverton & Honiton, Southwestwhich the Conservatives had won in the 2019 generals, calls into question the management of the Head of Governmentcenter of criticism for parties at the Downing Street residence during the pandemic.
As a result of this electoral setback, the honorary president of the Conservative Party, Oliver Dowdenpresented his resignation this Friday with immediate effect because, as he stated in a letter to the Prime Minister, “Someone has to take responsibility.”
In Wakefield, the Labor candidate simon lightwoodwinner of this seat in the House of Commons, highlighted as soon as his victory was known that your training is “making progress”rebuilding the so-called “red wall” (the traditionally Labor constituencies in which Johnson did well in 2019) and regaining “the trust of the electorate”.
In this constituency, Labor got 47.9% of the vote, while the Conservatives got 30%. Labor leader, Keir Starmertold the media that this result “clearly judges” the Conservative Partywho “has run out of energy and ideas”.
In Tiverton & Honiton, a traditionally conservative district located in the county of Devon (south-west England), the Liberal Democrat candidate Richard Ford he won the seat with the support of 52.9% of voters, followed by the Conservatives with 38.5%.
These two elections took place after the former MP for Wakefield, Imrad Ahmad Khanresigned after being sentenced to months in prison for sexual assault on a teenagerwhile the former MP for Tiverton & Honiton (South West England), Neil Parishresigned after it came to light that had accessed pornographic videos in Parliament. Khan, sentenced to 18 months in prison, was expelled this year by the Conservative Party in the wake of the scandal.
This electoral setback puts the Conservative Party in a difficult position, leading to Dowden’s resignation. In his letter to the “premier”, the honorary president of the formation pointed out that Tory supporters are “disappointed” by recent events and “I share that feeling.”
“We cannot continue as if nothing happened. Someone has to take responsibility and I have concluded that, under these circumstances, it would not be appropriate for me to continue in the position,” Dowden added.
“I want to emphasize that This decision that I have made is very personal. and, as always, I will be loyal to the Conservative Party,” he said.
The results of these elections allow us to know the level of support enjoyed by Johnson, who recently faced a motion of internal censure from his training for the controversy over the parties in the Downing Street residence.
Although the conservative “premier” managed to overcome the motion, analysts have stressed that the “Tory” deputies will closely follow what happens in the elections of the two constituencies ahead of the 2024 general elections.
By-election debacle comes while PM is visiting Rwanda for a summit with the Commonwealth countries. Rwanda has been in the spotlight for the agreement negotiated with the United Kingdom for the reception of asylum seekers who remain on the islands irregularly.