‘We can not keep on with enterprise as standard’: Oliver Dowden quits as Tory chair after by-election mauling

Conservative Get together chairman Oliver Dowden has resigned after the celebration slumped to 2 by-election defeats.

Mr Dowden mentioned in a letter to Boris Johnson that the defeats had been “the newest in a run of very poor outcomes” and added: “We can not keep on with enterprise as standard.”

He’s the primary Cupboard minister to fall on his sword within the wake of the strain swirling across the prime minister over the partygate scandal – which has already prompted 148 Tory MPs to oppose the PM in a vote of no confidence.

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The Conservatives noticed a majority of 24,000, or greater than 40%, evaporate in Honiton and Tiverton, the place they had been defeated by the Liberal Democrats – a file reversal for the celebration.

Additionally they misplaced Wakefield, the “pink wall” seat snatched by the Tories in 2019, which went again to Labour.

Mr Dowden – who had been as a result of seem on the published spherical of interviews this morning – mentioned: “Our supporters are distressed and disillusioned by current occasions, and I share their emotions.

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“We can not keep on with enterprise as standard.

“Anyone should take duty and I’ve concluded that, in these circumstances, it will not be proper for me to stay in workplace.”

He added that it was a “deeply private determination” and that he would “as all the time, stay loyal to the Conservative Get together”.

The by-election hammering for the Tories was Mr Johnson’s newest electoral mauling after the celebration lost nearly 500 council seats in native elections at the beginning of final month.

Additionally they suffered shock outcomes when the Liberal Democrats overturned large Conservative majorities in North Shropshire and Chesham and Amersham final 12 months.

The autumn-out from the newest votes comes with the PM 1000’s of miles away in Rwanda the place he’s attending the Commonwealth Heads of Authorities convention.

He mentioned forward of the outcome that it will be “loopy” for him to give up if the Tories misplaced the 2 seats.

Simon Lightwood, who gained the Wakefield by-election for Labour, mentioned: “I believe persons are completely bored with the lies and deceit we have seen from the prime minister they usually’re demanding change and tonight is the demonstration of that.”

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Richard Foord who took Tiverton and Honiton for the Lib Dems used his acceptance speech to name for Mr Johnson “to go, and go now”, claiming his victory had “despatched a shockwave by way of British politics”.

Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer mentioned: “Wakefield has proven the nation has misplaced confidence within the Tories.

“This result’s a transparent judgement on a Conservative Get together that has run out of power and concepts.”

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Liberal Democrat chief Sir Ed Davey mentioned: “This ought to be a wake-up name for all these Conservative MPs propping up Boris Johnson. They can’t afford to disregard this outcome.

“The general public is sick of Boris Johnson’s lies and law-breaking and it is time for Conservative MPs to lastly do the fitting factor and sack him.”

The by-elections, each in leave-voting constituencies, befell on the sixth anniversary of the Brexit referendum.

They had been every triggered by the resignations of Conservative MPs: in Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish give up after he admitted to watching pornography on his cell phone within the Commons chamber; in Wakefield, Imran Ahmad Khan stepped down after being discovered responsible of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

It grew to become obvious quickly after polls closed that it will be a nasty night time for the Tories.

Luke Corridor, the celebration’s deputy chair, instructed Sky Information it had been a “difficult marketing campaign” and pointed to the impression of divisions laid naked by the boldness vote.

“I actually would settle for that disunity in political events means events don’t win elections,” he mentioned.


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