Boris Johnson suffered a double whammy on Friday as the Conservatives lost two parliamentary by-elections just weeks after the prime minister passed a vote of no confidence in his leadership.
In Tiverton and Honeyton, Devon, formerly represented by the Conservative Diocese of Neal, holding a 24,239-vote majority, Lib Dem Richardford beat Conservative Helen Herford by 6,144 votes.
In West Yorkshire, Labour Retake Wakefield After Simon Lightwood defeated his Conservative rival Nadeem Ahmed. Lightwood received 13,166 votes, increasing the party’s share of the vote by more than 8 percentage points compared to the 2019 election. Second-placed Ahmed received 8,241 votes as the Conservatives’ share of the vote fell by 17 percentage points.
The Wakefield, Tiverton and Honeyton by-elections were sparked by the resignation of disgraced Conservative MPs after weeks of conflict between the prime minister and his government on issues ranging from a “party scandal” to a coup. Negative headlines. cost of living crisis.
The by-election result prompted the resignation of Oliver Dowden, Conservative Party Chairman, he said the Conservative Party cannot “business as usual”.
In a letter to Johnson, he said: “Someone has to be held accountable and I have come to the conclusion that it is not appropriate for me to remain in office under the circumstances.” post on twitter Friday morning.
The Conservatives won Wakefield in 2019 for the first time since 1931. But Imran Ahmed Khan, Retired Conservative MP In 2008, he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the result proved “the nation has lost confidence in the Conservative Party. This result is a clear judgment on a Conservative Party that has run out of energy and ideas.”
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed David said his party’s victories in Tiverton and Honeyton should be a “wake-up call” for Tory MPs. “They can’t ignore this result,” he said. “The public is fed up with Boris Johnson’s lies and transgressions, it’s time Tory MPs finally do the right thing and sack him.”
On Thursday, Johnson brushed off suggestions that he should step down If the Conservatives lose both by-elections. “Are you crazy?” the Prime Minister asked. “The ruling party usually doesn’t win by-elections, especially in midterm elections.”
johnson, who Win a vote of confidence by a narrow margin Among Conservative MPs, by a margin of 211 votes to 148 this month, he sought to get his prime ministership back on track with a series of high-profile policy proposals aimed at appealing to Conservative voters.
But the loss of Tiverton and Honeyton, which have been held by the Conservatives since their inception in 1997, will raise greater concerns among Tory MPs in southern England, who fear a Lib Dems recovery in “blue wall” seats.
The constituency was also vacant in April Parish stands up After admitting he had watched pornography on his mobile phone in the House of Commons.