Pressure is mounting on UK Prime Minister Johnson after crushing electoral defeats

  • After the defeat, the party leader resigned, saying change was needed
  • Conservatives are losing seats in the South Heartlands
  • Johnson’s 2019 voter fractures as Labor wins Wakefield again
  • The Prime Minister was embroiled in a scandal involving Lockdown parties

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party lost two parliamentary seats on Friday, crushing the ruling party, prompting the resignation of the party’s leader and intensifying doubts about the future of Britain’s prime minister.

In Rwanda, Johnson promised a meeting of Commonwealth nations that he would listen to voters’ concerns and do more to address the cost-of-living crisis after describing the two so-called by-elections as “difficult” results. .

Losses in one of the Conservatives’ traditional southern hubs and in the North UK constituency that Labor won in the last election – suggest that the electoral alliance that Johnson brought together in the 2019 national election may have broken down.

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Johnson’s shift from election winner to election official, at a time when millions of people are struggling with rising food and fuel prices, could prompt lawmakers to go against him again after months of slander against the Govt-19 lockdown parties.

Johnson opposed intense pressure to resign after being fined for violating locking rules at his Downing Street office. read more

He escaped a confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers this month, although 41% of his parliamentary colleagues voted to oust him, and a panel is investigating whether he deliberately misled parliament.

“It is absolutely true that we have had some difficult by-election results … I think as a government I need to listen to what people have to say,” Johnson told broadcasters in Kigali after the results.

“We have to recognize that we still have a lot to do … until we reach this link we will continue to address people’s concerns.”

Following the losses in Dverton and Honidon in the southwest of England and Wakefield in the north, he resigned in a carefully written letter to Conservative leader Oliver Dow, saying he believed Johnson was responsible for the election defeats.

“Yesterday’s parliamentary by – elections have had a devastating effect on our party.

“We can not continue the business as usual. Someone has to take responsibility. In this situation, I have decided that it is not right for me to continue in office,” Johnson’s longtime partner Dowden added.

Several Conservative lawmakers tweeted in support of Dowden, saying he was not responsible for the results of reports suggesting a renaissance against Johnson’s leadership.

While Johnson could not face another vote of confidence for one year under his party’s rules, lawmakers may decide to reduce the grace period to bring a second referendum for fear of their own future.

However, that may take time. This will lead to changes in the panel representing Conservative lawmakers who do not have government jobs.

The wave of resignations from Johnson’s cabinet of top ministers is another way of forcing the prime minister out before the next national election in 2024. It can be called earlier.

‘Go Now’

The Conservatives lost a majority of more than 24,000 votes in Dverton and Honidon, the deepest Conservative part of southwest England, defeated by the central Liberal Democrats by a majority of over 6,000.

The Liberal Democrats said the scale of the victory could put other Conservative lawmakers at risk of losing their seats in the party’s southern center.

“If the Conservative MPs do not wake up, I think in the next election, voters will bundle them up,” said Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats.

In his victory speech, Johnson said, “Go, go now.”

With Wakefield’s separate parliamentary seat in the north of England, the main opposition Labor Party also defeated the Conservative Party. read more

“Wakefield has shown that the country has lost faith in the Tories. This decision is a clear verdict on the Conservative Party’s lack of energy and ideas,” Labor leader Khair Stormer said in a statement.

Johnson led the Conservatives to an overwhelming majority in the Thirty years of the 2019 national election, receiving praise from his party for his ability to win traditionally labor-intensive constituencies in the north and central UK.

But the loss of Wakefield may indicate that his ability to win again in these areas in the next national election has been compromised.

The by-elections were triggered by the resignation of a number of Conservative lawmakers – one admitting he had seen pornography in parliament and the other accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

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Report by Alistair Smout in London, Andrew McSkill in Kigali and Elizabeth Piper in London; Editing by Toby Chopra

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