Despite humiliating double by-election defeats suffered by the Conservative Party in Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to “carry on” at No 10. The devastating losses for his Conservative Party have also led to the resignation of party chairman and one of his close supporters, Johnson suffered a triple blow, posing a serious new threat to his leadership.
The Liberal Democrats won Tiverton and Honiton in southern England and the opposition Labor Party won Wakefield in northern England. Both polls were interpreted as a de facto vote on the 58-year-old Johnson’s party leadership and as British prime minister.
Boris Johnson has said he will ‘listen’ to voters but ‘carry on’ after the Tories suffered a double by-election defeat.
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“I think what governments also need to recognize is that I don’t want to downplay what voters are saying, but it’s also true that in the medium term, post-war governments, lose the by-election. I think if you look back to last May, the really amazing thing was that we managed to win Hartlepool in very different circumstances,” he said.
With 13,166 votes to the Tories’ 8,231 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Simon Lightwood was able to defeat them and win for Labour. Meanwhile, Richard Foord of the Liberal Democrats won decisively in Devon, beating a Conservative majority of 24,000 with 22,537 votes.
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