• The party leader resigned after defeat and said change was needed
  • Conservatives lose seats in the heart of the South
  • Johnson’s 2019 voters break as Labor regains Wakefield
  • The prime minister was involved in a scandal over the blockade party

London, June 24 (Reuters)-Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party lost two seats on Friday, urging the party leader to resign and renewed doubts about the future of Britain’s embarrassed leaders.

Losses in traditional conservative southern centers and seats in northern England from the Labor Party in the last election could be the collapse of Johnson’s rallying coalition in the 2019 national elections. Suggests.

The shift from Johnson’s voter to electoral responsibility may urge lawmakers to oppose him again after months of scandals against the COVID-19 blocking party and in the midst of a rising living cost crisis.

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Johnson resisted strong pressure to resign after being fined for violating the blockade rules at the 10 Downing Street office and rejected the idea of ​​resigning if the ruling party lost the so-called by-elections. did.read more

“Sure, the by-elections have had tough results. I think the government needs to listen to people,” Johnson told broadcasters after the results.

“We have to realize that we have more to do … we will continue to address people’s concerns until we pass this patch.”

Johnson is currently outside Rwanda at the Federal Convention.

This month he survived a conservative vote of confidence, but 41% of Congressional colleagues voted to expel him, and the Commission investigated whether he intentionally misunderstood Congress. There is.

Following the defeats in Tiverton and Honiton in southern England and Wakefield in the north, Conservative Chairman Oliver Dowden resigned, saying he had to change things.

“Yesterday’s parliamentary by-elections are the latest in very poor results for our party. Our supporters suffer from recent events and are disappointed,” Dauden said in his resignation to Johnson. I share their feelings. “

“I can’t keep the business going as usual. Someone has to take responsibility. In this situation, I conclude that it’s not right to be in office.”

Some conservative lawmakers tweeted support for Downen, stating that he was not responsible for the outcome of the message suggesting a resurrected opposition to Johnson’s leadership.

Johnson can’t challenge the distrust resolution for another year under party rules, but lawmakers who fear his future may decide to shorten the grace period and vote another. there is.

The wave of resignations from Prime Minister Johnson’s cabinet team is seen as another way to get rid of him.

The next national election is scheduled for 2024, but may be called earlier.

‘I’m going now’

The Conservatives lost more than 24,000 votes in the highly conservative regions of southwest England, Tiverton and Honiton, and lost to the Liberal Democratic Party of China, which secured a majority of more than 6,000.

The Liberal Democratic Party has said it has overturned the largest majority ever in Britain’s by-elections, suggesting that other conservative lawmakers may be at risk of losing seats in the southern center of the party. ..

Liberal Democratic Party victory candidate Richard Fold said in a victory speech that Johnson should “go and go now.”

“Because Boris Johnson is obsessed with the office every day, he brings even more shame, confusion and negligence,” he said.

In another parliamentary seat in Wakefield, northern England, the major opposition Labor Party also defeated the Conservative Party.read more

“Wakefield has shown that the country has lost confidence in the Tories. The result is a clear decision on the Conservatives who have run out of energy and ideas,” Labor leader Keir Starmer said in a statement. Stated.

Johnson won praise from the party for his ability to lead the Conservative Party to the largest majority in 30 years and win in traditional labor voting areas in northern and central England in the 2019 general election.

However, Wakefield’s defeat may indicate that his ability to win again in these areas in the upcoming national elections expected in 2024 is also undermined.

By-elections were triggered by the attention-grabbing resignation of Conservative lawmakers. One admitted to watching pornography in Congress and the other convicted a teenage boy of sexual assault.

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Report by Alistair Smout in London, additional report by Andrew MacAskill in Kigali.Edited by Elizabeth Piper and Toby Chopra

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