The political crisis suffered by Boris Johnson is getting worse, now with a new electoral defeat in two conservative constituencies, a result for which Oliver Dowden, president of the party, has resigned.
The partial elections in Tiverton-Honiton and Wakefield were held after the resignation of the 'tories' who occupied their seats due to two sexual scandals: in the first, and in which the Liberal Democrats took power according to the results announced this Friday , Neil Parish, 65, resigned after he was caught looking at porn on his phone while in the House of Commons, while at Wakefield, where Labor recaptured what had historically been their stronghold, Imran Khan was sentenced a year and a half in prison
for a crime of sexual assault on a teenager.
The one who does not take responsibility is the prime minister, who seems undeterred, and who in an open letter to Dowden in response to his resignation, in addition to thanking him for his work, told him that "while I fully understand your disappointment with the results of the by-elections, this government was elected with a historic mandate just over two years ago to unite and level up" and "I hope we continue to work together on that".
Speaking from Rwanda, where he is on an official trip, Johnson said that although he does not want to "minimize the importance of what voters say", it is "normal" for governments to lose this type of election. Without singing a mea culpa at any time, he threw balls out: "What we must do now is reflect on where the voters are," he said, that although they know that "we got through Covid well and made many of the right decisions" in this regard, now they live in a difficult situation due to "the pressures on the cost of living", which "for most people is the number one problem". “We are seeing spikes in fuel prices, the cost of energy, of food… that is affecting people. We have to recognize that there is a lot to do, and we will, we will continue to address people's concerns until we get out of this rut," he stated.
Keir Starmer, leader of Labor, celebrated the victory in Wakefield, where he stated that it is "a historic result" that has put his party "on track to win the next general election." "This says that the next government is going to be a Labor government, and the sooner the better, because the country voted yesterday, in the two by-elections, distrust in this outdated government, devoid of ideas," he pointed out.