The pressure on the British Prime Minister Johnson is rising after crushing election defeat

  • After the defeat, the party leader resigned, saying that changes were needed
  • Conservatives are losing seats in the South Heartlands
  • Johnson’s voter fractures in 2019 as Labor win Wakefield again
  • The prime minister was involved in a scandal involving lockdown parties

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson’s Conservative party lost two seats in parliament on Friday, crushing the ruling party, leading to the resignation of the party’s leader and raising doubts about the future of the British Prime Minister.

In Rwanda, Johnson called on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to listen to voters’ concerns after describing the two so-called midterm elections as “difficult” and to do more to resolve the cost crisis. †

Losses in one of the Conservatives’ traditional southern centers and in the constituency of northern England, which Labor won in the last election, suggest that the election alliance Johnson united in the 2019 national election may have broken down.

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Johnson’s shift from election winner to election official, at a time when millions of people are struggling with rising food and fuel prices, could cause lawmakers to go against him again after months of slander against the government’s 19 lockdown parties.

Johnson resisted intense pressure to resign after being fined for violating lockdown rules at his Downing Street office. Read more

He escaped a vote of confidence from conservative lawmakers this month, although 41% of his parliamentary colleagues voted for him, and a panel is investigating whether he deliberately misled Parliament.

“It’s absolutely true that we’ve had some tough midterm election results … I think I as a government need to listen to what people have to say,” Johnson told TV stations in Kigali after the results.

“We must acknowledge that we still have a lot to do … until we reach this link, we will continue to address people’s concerns.”

After losses at Dverton and Horniton in the southwest and Wakefield in the north, he withdrew in a carefully written letter to Conservative leader Oliver Dow, saying he believed Johnson was responsible for the election defeats.

“Yesterday’s parliamentary elections had a devastating effect on our party.

“As usual, we can not continue the business. Someone must take responsibility. In this situation, I have decided that it is not right for me to remain in office, “added Dowden, who has been with Johnson for many years.

Several conservative lawmakers tweeted in support of Dowden, saying he was not responsible for the results of news reports suggesting a renaissance against Johnson’s leadership.

Although his party’s rules prevented Johnson from getting a confidence vote for a year, lawmakers may decide to shorten the grace period to hold another referendum for fear of their own future.

However, it can take time. This will lead to changes in the panel representing conservative lawmakers who do not hold government jobs.

The wave of resignations from Johnson’s cabinets of prime ministers is another way to force the prime minister ahead of the next national election in 2024. Calls can be made earlier.

‘Go now’

The Conservatives lost a majority of more than 24,000 votes in the deeply conservative parts of south-west England, at Diverton and Honidon, where they were defeated by the Central Liberal Democrats by a majority of more than 6,000.

The Liberals said the size of the victory could put other Conservative lawmakers in danger of losing their seats in the party’s southern center.

“If the Conservatives do not wake up, I think voters will gather them at the next election,” said Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey.

In his victory speech, Johnson said, “Go, go now.”

In the separate parliamentary seat Wakefield in the north of England, the main opposition Labor Party also defeated the Conservative Party. Read more

“Wakefield has shown that the country has lost faith in the Tories. This decision is a clear verdict on the Conservative Party’s lack of energy and ideas, “Labor leader Khair Stormer said in a statement.

Johnson led the Conservatives to an overwhelming majority in the 30 years of the 2019 national elections, receiving praise from his party for his ability to win in traditionally pro-working areas in the north and center of Britain.

But Wakefield’s loss could indicate that his ability to win again in those areas has been jeopardized in the next national election.

The midterm elections were triggered by the withdrawal of a number of conservative lawmakers – one admitting he had seen pornography in parliament and the other accusing him of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

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Report by Alistair Smout in London, by Andrew McSkill in Kigali and by Elizabeth Piper in London; Editing Toby Chopra

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