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” for the Liberal Democrats to lose the former Tory strongholds of Toyota and Houghton and hand over Wakefield to Labor.
But, speaking 4,000 miles away in Rwanda, where he is attending the Commonwealth Summit, Mr Johnson vowed to “listen” to voters after a dramatic departure from the Tories in the Devonshire constituency.
Conservative party co-chairman Oliver Dowden has resigned, saying he and Tory supporters are “upset and frustrated” by recent events and are telling Mr Johnson that “someone has to accept responsibility”.
Mr Johnson spoke to Chancellor Rishi Sink on the phone for his daily meeting after receiving a warning call from Mr Dowden after an early morning swim at his hotel.
Speaking to broadcasters, Mr Johnson said he would take responsibility, but insisted that the crisis of living was the most important issue for voters and that it was “true that post-war governments would lose by-elections”. Are “.
“It is true that we have had some tough results in the by-elections. They are, I think, reflecting a lot of things, but we have to acknowledge that voters are going through a difficult time right now. He was speaking at the Kigali Conference Center.
“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.
“We have to acknowledge that we have a lot to do and we will definitely do it. We will continue to address people’s concerns until we get out of this mess.”
In an interview with Channel 4 News, Mr Johnson added: “Of course, I take responsibility for the government’s electoral performance.”
In the rural Devon constituency of Tiverton and Honiton, the Lib Dems reversed a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labor reclaimed Wakefield.
The contests, which began with the resignations of two disgraced Tories, gave voters a chance to decide on the prime minister, with 148 members of parliament casting their votes against him in a vote of confidence.
Mr Dowden, who was due to appear in the morning media round for the government before resigning, said 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 Tory party source said Mr Johnson was in his hotel pool by 6am Kigali Time and was surprised to receive Mr Dowden’s call that he had been warned he was going to resign.
The source added that Mr. Johnson had a regular daily meeting with Mr. Sink on the phone this time and with Chief Whip Chris Hatton-Harris.
Despite the political drama, Mr Johnson is said to be planning to stay in Rwanda before heading to the G7 summit in Germany.
“Not joining the G7 would absolve any prime minister of responsibility,” the source said.
A nearly 30 percent shift from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Ford win a 6,144 majority in Tiverton and Houghton.
Voting began with the resignation of Neil Parsh after he was caught watching pornographic material in Parliament.
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”.
Lib Dam leader Sir Ed Dewey said it was time for Conservative MPs to do the right thing and fire them.
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.