The Tories lost by-elections: lessons for British Conservatives

Status: 24.06.2022 08:13

Two by-elections, two defeats: Prime Minister Johnson’s British Conservatives lost two seats in the House of Commons. Dowden, the party’s chairman, then resigned. Elections became necessary after scandals with deputies.

Defeat of the ruling Tories in Great Britain: The Conservatives suffered heavy defeats in two by-elections to the British House of Commons. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party lost to the Liberal Democrats in Tiverton and Honiton constituencies in south-west England and lost to the Labor Party in the Wakefield constituency in northern England. The defeat at Tiverton and Honiton is particularly painful: the Conservatives have held the seat in the constituency for more than 100 years.

As a result of the defeats, party leader Oliver Dowden resigned. “Someone has to take responsibility,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Prime Minister Johnson. “I have come to the conclusion that under the circumstances, it would not be right for me to remain in office.”

Johnson against resignation

The election was seen as a mood test for Johnson, who is under great pressure due to a party affair at the government headquarters during the coronavirus blockade. However, the prime minister said on election day that he would not resign even in the event of defeat.

Labor leader Keir Starmer has now interpreted the outcome of the Wakefield by-elections as a sign that his party could win the next national election in 2024. “Wakefield has shown that the country has lost confidence in the Tory,” Starmer said. “The result is a clear verdict on the Conservative Party that has run out of power and ideas.”

By-elections necessary by-elections

The by-elections to Tiverton and Honiton were necessary because MP Neil Parish withdrew in April after complaints that he was watching porn on his mobile phone in parliament. The by-elections in Wakefield were called after MP Imran Ahmad Khan withdrew after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. The Tories have already lost in the December by-elections in the North Shropshire constituency, which is considered a conservative stronghold.

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