Ors Johnson has said he will “continue” when his authority was defeated in a by-election that led to the resignation of a cabinet minister.
The prime minister acknowledged on Friday that it was “difficult” to lose the former Tory strongholds of Towerton and Houghton at the hands of the Lib Dems, as well as hand over Wakefield to Labor, but insisted they were moving forward, and voters Vowed to “listen.”
Conservative party co-chairman Oliver Dowden has resigned, saying he and Tory supporters are “upset and frustrated” by recent events, telling Mr Johnson that “someone has to take responsibility”.
Mr Johnson, speaking to broadcasters 4,000 miles away in Rwanda, where he is attending the Commonwealth Summit, thanked Mr Dowden for his “excellent” service in the role.
The prime minister said he would take responsibility, but emphasized that the crisis of living expenses was the most important thing for voters, adding that ” Elections are lost. “
“It’s true that we have had some tough results in the by-elections, they reflect a lot of things, I think, but we have to acknowledge that voters are going through a difficult time right now.” He said this at a conference center in Kigali.
“I think as a government I have heard what people are saying – especially about the hardships that people face at the cost of living, which I think most people do. The first problem.
“Now that we are under pressure on the cost of living, we are seeing an increase in fuel prices, energy prices, food prices – which is killing people.
“We have to acknowledge that we have a lot more to do and we will definitely do it. We will continue to address people’s concerns until we get through this patch.”
In an interview with Channel 4 News, Mr. Johnson insisted: “I, of course, take responsibility for the government’s electoral performance.”
In the rural Devon constituency of Tiverton and Honiton, the Liberal Democrats reversed a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labor reclaimed Wakefield.
The contests, which began with the resignation of the disgraced Tories, gave voters a chance to decide on the prime minister, with 41% of their MPs voting against him.
Mr Dowden, who was due to appear in the morning media round for the government on Friday, wrote in a letter to the prime minister that the by-elections were “the latest in a series of very bad results for our party”.
“Our supporters are upset and disappointed by the recent events, and I express their feelings,” he said.
The people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. He sent a loud and clear message – it’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and now go. Boris Johnson clings to the office every day, bringing more embarrassment, chaos and neglect.
“We can’t do business as usual. Someone has to take responsibility and I have come to the conclusion that it would not be right for me to remain in office under these circumstances.
The MP concluded his letter by stating: “I want to emphasize that this is a very personal decision that I have made alone.
As always, I will remain loyal to the Conservative Party.
A dramatic swing of about 30% from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Ford win a 6,144 majority in Tiverton and Houghton.
The new Lib Dem MP used his acceptance speech to urge Mr Johnson to “go, and go now”, claiming that his victory had “sent shockwaves through British politics”.
Mr Ford said: “The people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for the UK. They have sent a loud and clear message – it’s time for Boris Johnson to leave, and now go.
“Boris Johnson clings to the office every day, bringing more embarrassment, chaos and negligence,” he said.
“This should be a wake-up call for all the Conservative MPs who are supporting Boris Johnson,” said Sir Ed Dewey, leader of the Lib Dam.
“They can’t afford to ignore that result.”
He said it was time for Conservative MPs to finally do the right thing and fire them.
A Tory source said: “This is not a disappointing but unexpected result” and “we are confident we will win this seat again in the next general election”.
At Wakefield, Simon Lightwood was elected by Labor from the Tories with a majority of 4,925, with 12.7%.
Former Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan has resigned after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy – a crime for which he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Wakefield was one of the so-called red-walled seats won by the Tories in the 2019 general election after being in labor since the 1930s.
Mr Lightwood said: “The people of Wakefield have spoken on behalf of the British people.
“He said for no reason: Boris Johnson, your insult to this country will no longer be tolerated.”
Labor leader Sir Kerr Starmer said: “Wakefield has shown that the country has lost confidence in the Tories.
“This result is a clear decision for the Conservative Party, which has run out of energy and ideas. Britain deserves better.
“The result is that Labor is back with the working people, winning the seats we lost before, and ready for government,” he said.
Mr Johnson, who is chairing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda, suggested that his resignation would be “crazy” and said the mid-term elections were “not necessarily easy for any government”. ۔
Mr Johnson is thought to have spoken to Mr Dowden before resigning, and enjoyed a swim and breakfast at his Kigali hotel after learning of the election results.