British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has lost two seats in by-elections. The party lost a seat to the Liberal Democrats in the Tiverton-Honiton constituency and to Labor in Wakefield. Due to the poor result, Johnson has to look for a new party chairman.
“Our supporters are saddened and disappointed by recent events, and I share those sentiments,” said current chairman Oliver Dowden in his resignation letter. “We cannot continue as we have already done. Someone has to take responsibility and I have concluded that, under the circumstances, it would not be right for me to continue in this position.”
The midterm elections were seen as an important test for Johnson’s conservative party. The prime minister has come under heavy fire in recent months for the ‘party gate’ affair. That case revolves around illegal parties that government officials held during coronalockdowns. Johnson also attended several parties, although he claimed he was unaware that he was breaking the rules.
Johnson narrowly survived a confidence vote within his own party earlier this month. No fewer than four out of ten party members indicated that they wanted to replace Johnson.
The seat in Wakefield was held by Labor for 87 years, but the party lost the district to the Tories in 2019. Now Labor has regained the seat. The Tiverton-Honiton district was known for being conservative, with the Tories winning a majority of 24,000 votes in 2019.