Loses two seats and party secretary – VG

DEFEAT: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a press conference in London last November, in connection with the corona pandemic.

Following several party scandals, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are losing two seats to Labor and the Liberal Democrats.

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On Thursday, the Liberal Democrats and Labor in England each won their by-elections to parliament.

The background for the election is a series of scandals that have hit the Conservatives recently. In April, politician Neil Parish resigned, after admitted to watching porn on mobile during two meetings of the British Parliament.

Not long after, representative Imran Ahmad Khan from the same party was sentenced to prison for abusing a 15-year-old boy.

The Liberal candidate, Richard Foord, won a seat in Devon in the south of England, a seat the Conservatives have held since the 19th century. In his acceptance speech, Foord took the opportunity to urge Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign.

At the same time, it became clear that Simon Lightwood from Labor has taken a seat in the Wakefield constituency in West Yorkshire in the north of England.

WIN: Labor’s Simon Lightwood faces the press after winning the mandate at Wakefield on Friday.

“I think people are tired of the lies and deception we have seen from the Prime Minister, and they are demanding change,” Lightwood said. Sky News.

The Labor and Liberal Democrats’ victory is seen as a humiliating defeat for the Conservatives.

– This looks like a clear victory. The people of Tiverton and Honiton have raised their voices for the country, a spokesman for the Liberal Democrats said before the victory was a fact.

Party secretary resigns

On Friday morning, the Conservatives’ party secretary Oliver Dowden announced his resignation. In a letter to the Prime Minister, he wrote according to The Guardian that the party can no longer continue with “business as usual”.

– Someone must take responsibility, and I have come to the conclusion that it will not be right for me to remain seated under these circumstances.

RETIRED: Conservative Party Secretary Oliver Dowden, here during a press conference in Manchester in October, 2021.

In the letter, he also pointed out that the party’s supporters are disappointed with the recent events and that he “shares their feelings”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, however, has denied that he will resign due to the election loss, and stated according to Sky News that it would be “crazy” if he were to resign if he lost the two seats.

– I have to listen to what people say. We will drive on and meet the population’s concerns, Johnson told British media from Rwanda, where he will attend a summit on Friday.

Scandals

The last time has been demanding for Boris Johnson and his party.

Johnson has been under pressure for a long time due to the much talked about “Partygate scandal”where he was accused of breaking corona rules during a party in Downing Street, which he repeatedly denied.

Et no-confidence motion from his own party colleagues in June almost felled the prime minister, but the proposal was voted down by a narrow margin.

The Conservative Party also lost several constituencies in London in May, where Labor has won in Westminster, for the first time ever.

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