Tories lose two circles
Harbe election slippers for Johnson’s Conservatives
06/24/2022, 08:43 am
They are seen as a mood test for Prime Minister Johnson: the conservative ruling party suffers painful defeats in two by-elections for one seat each in the British House of Commons. Secretary General Dowden draws personal conclusions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered heavy defeats in two by-elections: the Tories lost in by-elections for one seat each in both the Tiverton and Honiton constituency in south-west England and the Wakefield constituency in northern England.
The defeat in Tiverton and Honiton is particularly painful: the Conservatives had held the seat for the constituency for more than a hundred years. According to official results, they now lost it to the Liberal Democrats, who had a lead of 6,000 votes. In Wakefield, near Leeds, the Labor Party, the country’s main opposition party, prevailed. She had a lead of nearly 5,000 votes.
The elections were seen as a mood test for Johnson, who is under a lot of pressure because of the affair about parties at the seat of government during the corona lockdown. The Prime Minister had already declared on election day that he would not resign in the event of defeat. He was at the Commonwealth Summit in Rwanda on Thursday.
Meanwhile, General Secretary Oliver Dowden, who subsequently announced his resignation, drew the consequences of the Conservatives’ election defeat. “Somebody has to take responsibility,” explained Dowden. “I have come to the conclusion that it would not be right for me to remain in office under the circumstances.”
Labor leader Keir Starmer interpreted the outcome of the Wakefield by-election as a sign that his party could also win the next national election in 2024. “Wakefield has shown that the country has lost faith in the Tories,” Starmer said. “The result is a clear verdict on a conservative party that has run out of energy and ideas.”
The Tiverton and Honiton by-election was made necessary because MP Neil Parish withdrew in April following complaints that he had been watching porn on his mobile phone in Parliament. The Wakefield by-election was called after MP Imran Ahmad Khan withdrew after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. The Tories had already lost a by-election in December in the constituency of North Shropshire, which is considered a Conservative stronghold.