British Prime Minister Johnson’s Conservatives Lose Two Parliamentary Elections

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party was defeated in two parliamentary elections on Friday, in a sign of deep voter discontent after months of scandals and a growing cost-of-living crisis.

The defeats, including one in a previously secure seat, could renew speculation about Johnson’s future after he survived a move earlier this month by conservative lawmakers against him.

Johnson is under intense pressure to resign after he was fined for violating COVID-19 lockdown rules following a police investigation into meetings at his Downing Street offices.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or through the app.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seat of Tiverton and Honiton, in a deeply conservative part of southwest England, with a majority of over 6,000, overturning a majority of over 24,000 that was won by the Conservatives in 2019.

Liberal Democrats said it was the biggest majority ever toppled in a British parliamentary election, suggesting that other Conservative lawmakers could risk losing their seats at the heart of the party in the south.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton spoke for Britain. They sent a message loud and clear: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and to go now,” Lib Dem-winning candidate Richard Foord said in his victory speech.

“Each day Boris Johnson clings to the job, he brings more shame, chaos and neglect.”

northern England, the opposition Labor Party also defeated the Conservatives.

Johnson led the Conservatives to their biggest majority in three decades in the 2019 national election, earning praise from his party for his ability to win in traditionally Labor-voted areas in northern and central England.

However, Wakefield’s loss could indicate that his ability to win again in these areas in the next national election, scheduled for 2024, has also been compromised.

Johnson on Thursday rejected a suggestion that he might resign if the Conservatives lost both seats, saying it was common for governing parties to lose midterm elections.

The secondary elections were sparked by high-profile resignations from Conservative lawmakers – one who admitted to watching pornography in parliament and another found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager.

See More information:

London Heathrow raises full-year passenger forecast, citing booking trend

Britain’s Commerce Secretary urges more nations to sanction Russia during visit to UAE

Nigerian senator and wife accused of conspiring to extract organs from child’s body in UK

Leave a Comment