Johnson loses party chairman after losing seat in midterm elections

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party lost two seats in a by-election. The party lost one seat to the Liberal Democrats in the constituency of Tiverton-Honiton and Labor in Wakefield. Due to the poor result, Johnson must seek a new party chairman.

“Our supporters are saddened and disappointed by recent events, and I share those feelings,” current chairman Oliver Dowden said 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 a major test for Johnson’s Conservative party. The prime minister has come under heavy fire in recent months over the “party gate” affair. This case revolves around illegal parties that government officials held during the coronalockdowns. Johnson also attended several parties, although he claimed he was unaware he was breaking the rules.

Johnson narrowly survived a confidence vote within his own party earlier this month. As many as four in ten party members have said they want to replace Johnson.

The Wakefield seat was held by Labor for 87 years, but the party lost the district to the Conservatives in 2019. Now Labor has taken over the seat. The district of Tiverton-Honiton was known to be conservative, with the Conservatives winning a majority of 24,000 votes in 2019.

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