Tory chair Oliver Dowden QUITS after social gathering is burnt up in T…


Boris Johnson vowed to ‘stay going’ lately in spite of Tory chair Oliver Dowden dramatically quitting after the social gathering suffered a double by-election pummelling. 

The PM stated he would ‘pay attention’ after seismic ends up in Tiverton and Wakefield, however attempted to minimize the massive blows as a troublesome ‘patch’ for the federal government.

However, Mr Johnson – who’s greater than 4,000 miles away at a Commonwealth summit in Rwanda – is dealing with a contemporary risk to his place after Mr Dowden walked out pronouncing he shared the ‘misery’ of activists in regards to the run of unhealthy effects.

It has emerged that the premier went swimming at his lodge in Kigali right away after studying of the defeats, with assets admitting he was once then ‘blindsided’ via the outgoing minister’s resolution.  

Mr Dowden delivered what seemed to be a coded assault at the PM, pronouncing the social gathering can’t proceed with ‘industry as standard’.

Rather than mentioning his proceeding loyalty to the premier in his resignation letter, Mr Dowden stated he ‘stays unswerving to the Conservative Party’. Aides didn’t reply to questions on whether or not he nonetheless helps Mr Johnson as chief.

Allies of the PM mobilised to shore him up this morning, along with his deputy Dominic Raab insisting the social gathering should ‘relentlessly focal point’ on coverage and Priti Patel pronouncing the federal government is ‘cracking on with the duty’. No10 made transparent Mr Johnson may not be chopping quick his nine-day international excursion, which could also be slated to incorporate G7 conferences in Germany and a Nato amassing in Spain, to maintain the disaster.     

But Mr Dowden’s go out – which got here simply mins prior to he was once because of get started broadcast interviews and as a minimum paves the best way for a reshuffle – ratchets up force following the bombshell ends up in West Yorkshire and Devon. The contests have been misplaced via huge margins after months of sleaze and financial woe that experience bedevilled Mr Johnson’s premiership.

The Conservatives gave up the prior to now ultra-safe, Brexit-backing seat of Tiverton and Honiton to the Liberal Democrats, with Richard Foord successful via greater than 6,000 votes in a seat the place the social gathering got here 3rd in 2019. It is assumed to be the most important majority ever overturned in a by-election.

Some 270 miles to the north east, Mr Johnson’s social gathering had moments previous ceded Wakefield to Labour after retaining the Red Wall seat for simply 3 years, with Simon Lightwood successful a near-5,000 majority in a vote referred to as after the former Tory MP, Imran Ahmad Khan, was once jailed for kid intercourse offences.

A Tory MP as regards to Mr Dowden advised MailOnline that he had ‘executed the appropriate factor for the social gathering’. ‘Somebody had to depart the Cabinet,’ they stated. The senior MP stated the outgoing minister had recognised he may just now not ‘polish a t***’, including: ‘I’m afraid we’ve got were given a t*** of a central authority.’

Veteran MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, who’s at the government of the tough 1922 Committee, stated his colleagues would wait to look if there was once a ‘enough’ reaction from Mr Johnson, or whether or not they had to take ‘steps’ to exchange him.  

Another Conservative, Roger Gale – a serial critic of the PM – stated Mr Dowden ‘can not protect the indefensible’. 

In being worried indicators for the Tories, the electoral blows have been facilitated via an efficient electoral pact between the opposition events. Labour slightly campaigned in Tiverton and received so few votes it misplaced its deposit, and the similar was once true for the Lib Dems in Wakefield. 

Speaking to broadcasters in Kigali, Mr Johnson thanked Mr Dowden for his paintings and stated: ‘It’s completely true we now have had some tricky by-election effects, they have been, I feel, a mirrored image of numerous issues, however we now have were given to recognise citizens are going thru a tricky time these days.

‘I feel, as a Government, I’ve were given to hear what persons are pronouncing, specifically to the difficulties persons are dealing with over the price of dwelling, which, I feel, for most of the people is the #1 factor.

‘We’re now dealing with pressures on the price of dwelling, we are seeing spikes in gas costs, power prices, meals prices – that is hitting folks.

‘We’ve were given to recognise there may be extra we now have were given to do and we indisputably will, we will be able to stay going, addressing the troubles of folks till we get thru this patch.’

On any other day of top drama in British politics:

  • Keir Starmer joined newly-elected MP Simon Lightwood in Wakefield, pronouncing it was once the ‘birthplace’ of a brand new Labour executive and the Tories are ‘imploding’; 
  • Helen Hurford, the Tory candidate in Tiverton, locked herself in a room prior to now reserved for media interviews on the constituency’s election rely in a sports activities centre in Crediton, when the dimensions of her defeat turned into transparent;
  • Elections guru Sir John Curtice rejected the concept the Tory efficiency was once simply all the way down to mid-term disaffection;
  • Only 40 Tory MPs have larger majorities than that misplaced via the social gathering in Tiverton in a single day. 

Oliver Dowden

In a letter hours after seismic results in Tiverton and Wakefield, Oliver Dowden said he shared the 'distress' of activists about the run of bad results

In a letter hours after seismic ends up in Tiverton and Wakefield, Oliver Dowden stated he shared the ‘misery’ of activists in regards to the run of unhealthy effects

Tory chair Oliver Dowden QUITS after social gathering is burnt up in T...

Tory MPs came out to support Mr Dowden after he dramatically fell on his sword today

Tory MPs got here out to enhance Mr Dowden after he dramatically fell on his sword lately

Mr Johnson will not be around to field the political flack - as he is on tour abroad for the next week in Africa and Europe with his wife Carrie

Mr Johnson may not be round to box the political flack – as he’s on excursion in another country for the following week in Africa and Europe along with his spouse Carrie

Tiverton and Honiton Lib Dem MP Richard Foord

Wakefield Labour MP Simon Lightwood

In seismic ends up in the early hours of this morning, the Conservatives misplaced two seats in West Yorkshire and Devon via huge margins after months of sleaze and financial woe that experience bedevilled Mr Johnson’s premiership. 

Voters went to the polls in Wakefield (count pictured) and in Tiverton and Honiton yesterday

Voters went to the polls in Wakefield (rely pictured) and in Tiverton and Honiton the day past

Oliver Dowden’s resignation letter 

Dear Prime Minister,

It is with nice disappointment that I should surrender as chair of the Conservative Party with rapid impact.

Yesterday’s Parliamentary by-elections are the most recent in a run of very deficient effects for our social gathering’.

‘Our supporters are distressed and upset via fresh occasions, and I percentage their emotions.

‘We can’t lift on with industry as standard. Somebody should take duty and I’ve concluded that, in those instances, it might now not be proper for me to stay in workplace.

‘It has been an honour to serve for your Cabinets as social gathering chairman, Culture Secretary and minister for the Cabinet Office.

‘In specific I need to take this chance to pay tribute to our superb Conservative volunteers and staffers who paintings so tirelessly for our reason.

‘They are the spine of our nice social gathering they usually deserve higher than this. 

‘Finally I need to emphasise that it is a deeply non-public resolution that I’ve taken on my own.

‘I can, as all the time, stay unswerving to the Conservative Party.’

Yours sincerely,

Oliver Dowden 

Renowned knowledgeable Professor Michael Thrasher stated at the foundation of the results the rustic was once headed for a hung parliament on the subsequent normal election. 

Speaking after he was once elected in Tiverton & Honiton, Mr Foord stated: Tonight, the folks of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve despatched a noisy and transparent message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to head. And cross now.’

And in Wakefield Mr Lightwood advised journalists Labour was once ‘rebuilding the Red Wall’ and that the largest factor at the doorstep right through the marketing campaign have been the price of dwelling disaster.

In his resignation letter to the PM, Mr Dowden stated the by-elections ‘are the most recent in a run of very deficient effects for our social gathering’.

‘Our supporters are distressed and upset via fresh occasions, and I percentage their emotions,’ he wrote.

‘We can’t lift on with industry as standard. Somebody should take duty and I’ve concluded that, in those instances, it might now not be proper for me to stay in workplace.’

The MP ended his letter via pronouncing: ‘I need to emphasise that it is a deeply non-public resolution that I’ve taken on my own.

‘I can, as all the time, stay unswerving to the Conservative Party.’

In his reaction letter, Mr Johnson stated he ‘totally’ understood Mr Dowden’s unhappiness.

‘Thank you in your letter and I’m unhappy to look you allow Government,’ he wrote.

‘Whilst I totally perceive your unhappiness with the by-election effects, this Government was once elected with a historical mandate simply over two years in the past to unite and degree up. I look ahead to proceeding to paintings in combination on that.’

A Tory social gathering supply printed that Mr Johnson spoke to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and leader whip Chris Heaton-Harris via telephone after Mr Dowden’s resignation.

The supply stated Mr Johnson was once swimming in his lodge pool via 6am Kigali-time after which won the wake-up call from Mr Dowden prior to his 7am assembly.

Mr Johnson was once stated to be shocked via the resignation and believes there may be ‘no rush’ in changing him as social gathering co-chairman.

The supply was once attributing some blame for the electoral losses at the ‘nonsense’ of the media’s ‘unending reportage and Kremlinology of partygate’.

Asked if he feared Mr Dowden was once appearing as an outrider for a conceivable management problem from anyone just like the Chancellor, the supply stated: ‘What do I do know, however I’d be astonished if it was once the Chancellor.

‘The PM spoke to the Chancellor this morning as he does nearly each morning.’

Sir Keir met Labour campaigners at Ossett Market on Friday, along his newly-elected Wakefield MP.

The Labour chief advised supporters: ‘What a judgment that is at the Tories and Boris Johnson – out of contact, out of concepts, and if they’d any decency they might get out the best way for the sake of the rustic.

‘When we do shape that subsequent Labour executive, and we are going to do it, Wakefield will cross down because the birthplace of that.’

Lib Dem chief Ed Davey tweeted within the early hours that he was once ‘going to desire a larger hammer’, a connection with a stunt on the social gathering’s Chesham and Amersham victory ultimate 12 months that noticed him demolish a ‘blue wall’ with a tiny orange software. 

The scale of the Lib Dem win in Devon will surprise the Tories and shines a mild at the degree of fashionable discontent within the PM after months of scandals and financial reversals. 

The 30-point swing from the Tories to the Lib Dems ranks because the sixth-biggest on file for a by-election.

However, the former 24,000 majority is the largest to be overturned in a by-election. 

It is the 3rd complete Lib Dem win in a by-election in a prior to now secure Tory seat prior to now 18 months, after Chesham and Amersham and North Shropshire.

Neil Parish – the Tory MP who had greater than 60 in line with cent of the vote in 2019 – resigned after admitting he had watched pornography on his telephone within the House of Commons. 

Mr Lightwood overturned a majority of slightly below 3,500 to retake Wakefield, a seat that was once solidly Labour between the Thirties and 2019. He took 13,166 votes to Tory Nadeem Ahmed’s 8,241 on a 52 in line with cent turnout. It gave him a majority of four,925 on a swing of 12.7 proportion issues from the Tories to Labour. 

Mr Johnson may not be round to box flack from any political fallout – is on excursion in another country for the following week in Africa and Europe along with his spouse Carrie. 

Tory peer Lord Barwell, who was once Theresa May’s leader of workforce in No 10, stated if the Conservative Party carries on as it’s, it’s ‘sleepwalking to a defeat on the subsequent election’.

How may just Boris be ousted via Tory MPs?  

Haven’t we simply had a Tory self belief vote? 

Yes. After 15 in line with cent of Conservative MPs wrote to backbench 1922 Committee chair Sir Graham Brady, he induced a vote previous this month.

The PM gained, however 148 of his 359 MPs subsidized kicking him out in the name of the game poll.

Mr Johnson and his allies hailed that as a transparent victory and recommended the social gathering to unite at the back of him.

Many observers believed the rebels had induced the poll too early, and if they’d waited for the result of those crunch by-elections the premier would have misplaced. 

Can they simply name any other vote?

In principle, social gathering regulations imply that as a result of Mr Johnson secured 50 in line with cent of the vote he can’t be challenged once more for one year.

But significantly Theresa May additionally gained a self belief fight, and was once later threatened with a rule exchange to allow her to stand any other vote – forcing her to surrender. 

The 1922 committee has made transparent this time that converting the foundations could be a final lodge.

There are issues that permitting repeated votes would simply lead to perpetual disaster.

Is there another approach for the chief to be evicted?

Mr Johnson has defiantly insisted he’ll now not entertain the ‘loopy’ concept of resigning.

And – barring the Opposition successful a vote of no self belief within the House – there’s no formal mechanism to do away with him prior to the following normal election. 

However, a withdrawal of enhance via the Cabinet would make his place untenable.

Tory chair Oliver Dowden’s resolution to hand over and refuse to again Mr Johnson inflicts a blow – however to grow to be terminal it might take extra large figures to stroll out and overtly name for Mr Johnson to head. 

What occurs if the chief is ousted? 

The chief is sacked in the event that they lose a Tory self belief vote, and a management contest starts during which they can’t stand. Resignation would additionally cause a competition.

However, the outgoing leader in most cases remains on as Prime Minister till a alternative is selected.

Are there another large moments arising that might gas the rebellion? 

The cross-party Privileges Committee is set to kick off an inquiry into whether or not Mr Johnson misled the House over Partygate.

It is anticipated to document within the Autumn, when the PM will even need to run the gauntlet of Tory convention.

But possibly the largest looming risk to Mr Johnson is the cost-of-living disaster, with inflation forecast to jump over 11 in line with cent in October when power expenses upward thrust once more. 

He advised Sky News he was once ‘very happy’ anyone senior within the social gathering appeared to have ‘in spite of everything’ recognised this and executed one thing about it, as Oliver Dowden resigned as Tory chairman.

He stated Boris Johnson’s authority is ‘very considerably reduced’ and ‘draining away’.

Lord Barwell stated Cabinet ministers have were given to invite themselves what it does to their very own reputations in the event that they proceed to face via him.

‘The proof is mounting up that he has misplaced the enhance of the general public that he as soon as had, that it appears extremely not likely that he is going as a way to win that again,’ he stated.

‘So, if they enable him to hold on, then they will permit him to steer the Conservative Party to an important defeat on the subsequent election.’

Sir Roger Gale stated Boris Johnson had ‘trashed’ the popularity of the Conservative Party.

He stated the PM was once opting for to ‘dangle onto the door care for at No 10’ however ‘it can not cross on endlessly and it indisputably may not cross on till the following normal election’.

Asked if he noticed Oliver Dowden’s resignation as a cause for extra expressions of discontent from the Cabinet, he advised BBC Breakfast: ‘It is conceivable that that can occur however it’s as much as my colleagues within the Cabinet to make a decision whether or not they may be able to cross on supporting a Prime Minister who, frankly, has trashed the popularity of the Conservative Party, my social gathering, for honesty, for decency, for integrity and for compassion.’

Sir Roger stated the Tories have been ‘spoilt for selection’ for brand spanking new leaders.

Asked who he want to see in Mr Johnson’s position, he stated: ‘I’m now not enjoying that sport. The media has stated over and over the issue is there is not an evident choice.

‘The downside is, if truth be told, we are spoilt for selection. There are a number of individuals who would make excellent top ministers inside the social gathering and a type of will emerge between now and the following normal election and lead us into the following normal election, which I agree with we will win.’

But as allies attempted to staunch the wear and tear, Mr Raab blamed the losses on a ‘very best typhoon’.

Speaking at the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, he stated: ‘My view is that the by-elections, either one of them, have been the results of the very best typhoon of very tricky native eventualities, given the eventualities of the prior to now sitting Conservative MPs, plus the nationwide headwinds, to start with, inevitably, for a mid-term executive, but additionally, frankly, the distractions that we now have had.

‘I feel the Prime Minister put it neatly: we want to pay attention very in moderation, we want to take that comments.

‘I feel (with) Tiverton, essentially the most hanging factor is what number of of our supporters did not pop out. We want to spend the following two years completely relentlessly inquisitive about handing over our plan, with out the ones distractions and with an actual calm focal point on handing over.’

Ms Patel stated it’s ‘vital and proper’ the Conservatives have a ‘second of mirrored image’ following the by-election effects.

The Home Secretary advised LBC: ‘It’s proper that we pay attention to the citizens from either one of the ones constituencies, it is proper that we feature on with our carrier to them, but additionally recognise the problems that they themselves are elevating and feature raised at the doorstep, I went to each by-elections too, and we get on with the task.’

Asked if she idea there could be extra resignations, after Oliver Dowden stood down as Tory Party chairman, she stated: ‘I do not, as a result of, as I’ve stated, you understand, to manipulate is difficult, and to manipulate we make possible choices and choices, and we’re running evening and day, I will come up with that assurance… that specialize in those large problems.’

Senior Conservatives figures have been ultimate evening blaming Jeremy Hunt and different Tory plotters for wrecking the campaigns via seeking to unseat Mr Johnson with the vote of no self belief, which he gained 211 to 148.

A brand new ballot ultimate evening gave Labour an 11-point lead within the polls, up from six issues per week prior to now. But the survey via Savanta ComRes was once performed prior to this week’s crippling rail moves introduced Britain to a halt. 

Mr Johnson faces the fallout from the ones moves, in addition to normal unrest of the emerging charge of dwelling – inflation hit 9.1 in line with cent this week. 

He could also be embroiled in a combat with human rights campaigners over his makes an attempt to ship migrants arriving in the United Kingdom to Rwanda.

Keir Starmer, reacting to the Wakefield win, stated: ‘Wakefield has proven the rustic has misplaced self belief within the Tories. 

‘This result’s a transparent judgement on a Conservative Party that has run out of power and concepts. Britain merits higher.

‘Wakefield has voted Labour as a result of we’ve got the answers for the demanding situations dealing with the British folks. 

‘The Labour Party is again at the aspect of running folks, successful seats the place we misplaced prior to, and in a position for presidency.’

Turnout in Wakefield was once 39 in line with cent, whilst within the Devon seat it was once surprisingly top for a by-election at 52 in line with cent. 

Both by-elections have been induced via misconduct via the previous Tory MPs.

The polls have been  noticed as a key check for Mr Johnson’s management. Wakefield, the place the Conservatives have been protecting a majority of lower than 3,500, has been noticed as a misplaced reason for weeks.

His party is expected to win in Tiverton and Honiton, which was held by the Tories with a 24,000 majority just three years ago. On what is forecast to be a dark night for the PM, the party is also expected to lose Wakefield to Labour.

His social gathering is anticipated to win in Tiverton and Honiton, which was once held via the Tories with a 24,000 majority simply 3 years in the past. On what’s forecast to be a dismal evening for the PM, the social gathering could also be anticipated to lose Wakefield to Labour.

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey tweeted in the early hours that he was 'going to need a bigger hammer', a referenced to a stunt at the party's Chesham and Amersham victory last year that saw him demolish a 'blue wall' with a tiny orange tool.

Lib Dem chief Ed Davey tweeted within the early hours that he was once ‘going to desire a larger hammer’, a referenced to a stunt on the social gathering’s Chesham and Amersham victory ultimate 12 months that noticed him demolish a ‘blue wall’ with a tiny orange software.

A new poll last night gave Labour an 11-point lead in the polls. But the survey by Savanta ComRes was carried out before this week's crippling rail strikes brought Britain to a halt.

A brand new ballot ultimate evening gave Labour an 11-point lead within the polls. But the survey via Savanta ComRes was once performed prior to this week’s crippling rail moves introduced Britain to a halt.

Senior Conservatives figures were last night blaming Jeremy Hunt and other Tory plotters for wrecking the campaigns by trying to unseat Mr Johnson with a vote of no confidence.

Senior Conservatives figures have been ultimate evening blaming Jeremy Hunt and different Tory plotters for wrecking the campaigns via seeking to unseat Mr Johnson with a vote of no self belief.

But previous to the vote in Tiverton and Honiton the Tories have been stated to be ‘neck and neck’ with the Lib-Dems, a prediction that did not grow to be reality.

A senior Tory supply stated the movements of the Tory rebels had exacerbated what was once already a troublesome contest in Devon.

‘Tiverton and Honiton was once all the time going to be a tricky fight as a result of we’re mid-term and there may be residual anger over Partygate the place the media had been having a box day. People see it to be able to punish us with out a exchange of Government,’ the supply stated.

‘But the overlay of department has been hugely unhelpful. It was once raised at the doorstep again and again – folks have been pronouncing if even his personal MPs may not vote for him, why must we?

‘The in reality destructive factor is that it got here simply because the postal ballots have been being despatched out, the place we’d generally hope for a tight appearing.

‘If we’ve got misplaced the postals then we’ve got misplaced. It’s all extremely unhelpful and utterly self-inflicted.’ 

A poll by Survation for the 38 Degrees website two weeks ago - around the time of the vote of no confidence against Mr Johnson - put Labour on 56 per cent in the West Yorkshire seat, with the Tories on 33 per cent

A ballot via Survation for the 38 Degrees site two weeks in the past – across the time of the vote of no self belief in opposition to Mr Johnson – put Labour on 56 in line with cent within the West Yorkshire seat, with the Tories on 33 in line with cent

Boris Johnson has only made one visit to Devon to assist candidate Helen Hurford, a local councillor and beautician. They are pictured together on June 10

Boris Johnson has most effective made one consult with to Devon to help candidate Helen Hurford, an area councillor and beautician. They are pictured in combination on June 10

Wakefield was one of the so-called Red Wall seats won by the Tories in the 2019 general election after being a Labour stronghold since the 1930s, but Labour is now hoping to take it back with Simon Lightwood

Wakefield was once one of the vital so-called Red Wall seats gained via the Tories within the 2019 normal election after being a Labour stronghold because the Thirties, however Labour is now hoping to take it again with Simon Lightwood

Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed raised eyebrows by arguing last week that voters should still trust the party after Mr Khan's sexual assault conviction, just as they still trust GPs despite the crimes of mass murderer Harold Shipman.

Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed raised eyebrows via arguing ultimate week that citizens must nonetheless agree with the social gathering after Mr Khan’s sexual attack conviction, simply as they nonetheless agree with GPs in spite of the crimes of mass assassin Harold Shipman.

In Wakefield, a former commercial space in West Yorkshire, ex-Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan stood down after being discovered to blame of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy and jailed for 18 months.

Wakefield was once one of the vital so-called Red Wall seats gained via the Tories within the 2019 normal election after being a Labour stronghold because the Thirties, however Labour has battled to take it again.

Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed raised eyebrows via arguing ultimate week that citizens must nonetheless agree with the social gathering after Mr Khan’s sexual attack conviction, simply as they nonetheless agree with GPs in spite of the crimes of mass assassin Harold Shipman. 

In Devon’s Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish, the Tory MP since 2010, resigned after admitting he had watched pornography on his telephone within the House of Commons.

The Prime Minister recommended citizens to ‘stick up for British meals and farming’ via supporting Tory Helen Hurford, a former head trainer became beautician.

In a video shared on social media on Wednesday, Mr Johnson seemed along the candidate on a farm, pronouncing the social gathering was once running to offer protection to ‘our improbable meals and farming business and ‘wonderful agricultural sector’.



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