Boris Johnson has been dealt a triple blow when the Tories crashed to two intermediate defeats, prompting Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden to retire.
The conservatives saw a majority of 24,000, or 40.6%, in the Devon seat of Tiverton and Honiton evaporated – a record reverse for the party – when the Liberal Democrats triumphed.
In Wakefield, the Red Wall constituency in West Yorkshire snatched by the Conservatives in 2019, it was Labor that won†
Following the results of the midterm elections, Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden resigns and said in a letter to the Prime Minister: “We cannot continue as normal.”
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It was the last election campaign for the Prime Minister this year after the Tories almost 500 council seats lost early last month.
Simon Lightwood, who won Wakefield’s Labor by-election, said: “I think people are absolutely tired of the lies and deceit we have seen from the Prime Minister and they are demanding change and tonight is the demonstration of that.”
Richard Foord, who took Tiverton and Horniton for the Lib Dems, used his acceptance speech to call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson “to go, and now go”, claiming his victory had “sent a shockwave through British politics”.
Johnson is under pressure over the partygate scandal and the cost of living which is straining UK household budgets.
That pressure increased when 148 Conservative MPs opposed him in a no-confidence vote.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Wakefield has shown that the country has lost faith in the Tories.
“This result is a clear judgment of a conservative party that has run out of energy and ideas.”
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: “The Liberal Democrats have made political history with this stunning victory.
“This should be a wake-up call for all those Conservative MPs who support Boris Johnson. They cannot afford to ignore this result.
“The public is tired of Boris Johnson’s lies and law-breaking and it’s time for Conservative MPs to finally do the right thing and fire him.”
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Mr Johnson, who is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Rwanda, said ahead of the by-elections that he would “follow the results with interest”, adding that “mid-term elections are never necessarily easy for anyone. .” government”.
He suggested it would be “crazy” for him to quit if he lost the two seats.
The by-elections, both in constituencies on leave, took place on the sixth anniversary of the Brexit referendum.
They were each caused by the resignation of Conservative MPs: in Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish stopped after admitting to watching pornography on his mobile phone in the House of Commons room; in Wakefield, Imran Ahmad Khan resigned after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
Soon after the polls closed, it became clear that it was going to be a bad night for the Tories.
Luke Hall, the party’s deputy chairman, told Sky News it was a “challenging campaign” and noted the impact of division exposed by the confidence vote.
“I would certainly accept that division in political parties means that parties don’t win elections,” he said.