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British voters are harshly punishing Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party

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Much as the defeat was expected and even amortized, the blow British voters dealt Boris Johnson this Thursday will once again call into question the Prime Minister’s political future and authority over his own. The Conservative Party suffered a double defeat at the hands of Labor and the Liberal Democrats in the Wakefield and Tiverton-Honiton by-elections. The calls by-elections they are calls to elections at any time during the legislature when a seat becomes vacant. In the Wakefield case, Conservative Imran Ahmad Khan was convicted and jailed for sexually assaulting a teenager. It was one of the turfs that the left had dominated for decades – part of the so-called “Red Wall” in northern England – and which Johnson wrested back from the Conservatives with his historic victory in December 2019. Tiverton-Honiton, in the prosperous English south-west, was also natural Conservative territory. Til today. His Conservative MP Neil Parish resigned after two female colleagues accused him of watching porn on his mobile phone during a session of the House of Commons.

Conservative Party President Oliver Dowden sent a letter to Johnson in the early hours of Friday morning announcing his resignation to try to carry out damage control from the election coup. “Our constituents are disturbed and disappointed by recent events and I share their sentiment.” Without saying so, Dowden pointed directly to the Downing Street partying scandal during lockdown, which ended with the Prime Minister being fined by police for breaking the law and an internal no-confidence motion against Johnson in which 41% of his MPs demanded he be his expulsion. “We cannot go on as if nothing happened. Someone has to take responsibility and I’ve come to the conclusion that it wouldn’t be right for me to continue in the position,” explained Dowden.

It is too early to tell whether Johnson’s defeat – for no one hesitates to blame it on the prime minister, not the two local Conservative candidates – is a final abandonment of voters or a temporary punishment stemming from the anger and disappointment of many of them for party scandal. Johnson, who is visiting Rwanda for an event that brings the nations of the United States together Commonwealth [la Comunidad política surgida después de la fragmentación del Imperio Británico]As a precaution, he ruled out his resignation as a result of a defeat in the by-elections as “madness”. The Liberal Democrats have always been the preferred choice for traditional right-wing voters to send a warning signal or a rebuke tories His candidate Richard Foord’s victory at Tiventon-Honiton by more than 6,000 votes ahead of Conservative rivals reflects a tactical vote. Both Labor-sympathetic citizens and the Conservatives themselves have turned to Foord and turned the situation around. In 2019, the advantage is the tories in that district there were more than 24,000 ballots. “This should be a wake-up call for Conservative MPs who continue to support Johnson. They cannot afford to ignore this result,” said Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats. Candidate Foord went even further in his victory speech: “Tonight the British people spoke to send a message loud and clear. It’s about time Boris Johnson left. It has brought us into a state of shame, chaos and neglect. He’s not fit to lead,” he said.

relief for work

Labor leader Keir Starmer breathes a sigh of relief after Labor candidate Simon Lightwood wins in Wakefield. Three years after replacing Jeremy Corbyn at the head of the formation, who is positioned much further left than his successor, the role played by Starmer continues to raise doubts among voters and militants nostalgic for the past period. The polls are gradually showing an improvement in their expectations ahead of future general elections, but not enough to consider a possible victory. The retaking of Wakefield, historic Labor territory until Johnson came and changed the game, has fueled Labor hopes of a comeback. In 2019, the Conservatives in this constituency achieved a 6% turnaround (leading). This Thursday, the left-wing candidate managed to position himself more than ten percentage points ahead of his rival.

“This result is a clear judgment that the Conservative Party has run out of ideas and energy. The Labor Party is on the side of working people, they are winning back seats they previously lost and they are ready to govern,” Starmer said in the early hours of Friday morning as Wakefield’s victory was already assured.

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After a long count at four a.m. (five a.m. Peninsular Spanish time), two new election results were two fresh reminders to Conservative MPs that Johnson’s magic at mobilizing voters had begun to erode severely. In principle, the party’s internal rules prohibit filing a new internal motion of no-confidence up to a year after the previous one. At the beginning of June, the British Prime Minister was only just able to save his post. The general consensus between tories consisted of holding a truce until they fell before reconsidering letting go of their leader’s hand. This Friday’s election defeat and the coming summer of strikes and social unrest in the UK have once again caused the British Prime Minister to walk a tightrope.

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