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Boris Johnson under pressure: British Conservatives lose two seats

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnsonis double-hit as voters reject the Conservatives in two special elections dominated by questions about his leadership and ethics. I received it.

The party chair resigned after the results at the beginning of Friday, and the party said, "I can't continue my business as usual."

The Liberal Democratic Party of China overturned the majority of the Conservatives and won thelocal seatsin Tiberton and Honiton in southwest England. Meanwhile, the major opposition Labor Party has regained Wakefield in northern England from Johnson's Torries.

In this photo issued by UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

In this photo published by the British Parliament, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak in a question from the Prime Minister at the House of Commons in London on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.(Jessica Taylor via AP / British Parliament)

The contest triggered by the resignation of a conservative voter suffering from a sexual scandal is himself Just weeks after 41% of parliamentarians voted to expel the prime minister, they provided voters with the opportunity to give their verdict to the prime minister.

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"Tiberton and Honiton spoke for Britain," he said. "They sent a loud and clear message. It's time for Boris Johnson to go, and now."

The defeat in either district was a setback for the Prime Minister's party. prize. Losing both increases jitter among the restless conservatives who are already worried about the already vibrant but unstable and disruptive Johnson.

Party leader Oliver Dowden resigned, saying, "Our supporters have suffered from recent events and are disappointed. I share their feelings."

"We can't continue our business as usual," he said. "Someone has to take responsibility. In this situation, I conclude that I am not right to be in office."

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In this photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks as members of the opposition party gesture, during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, in London, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. 

In this photo, provided by the British Parliament, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks as a member of the opposition gesture in his question at the Commonwealth House in London. Wednesday, January 12, 2022. (British Parliament / Jessica Taylor via AP)

"I am, as always, a party that remains loyal to the conservatives." However, he did not express his support for Johnson.

When the resultswere announced, the Prime Minister was 4,000 miles away at the Federal Summit in Rwanda.

He told reporters on Thursday that he would not resign if the Conservatives lost both elections, saying "you are crazy" to his proposal. ..

"Political parties generally do not win by-elections, especially in the medium term," he said. "That's just a reality."

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Johnson maintained the traditional Conservative voters (wealthy, elderly and concentrated in southern England), a poor, post-Industrial Revolution that many inhabitants felt overlooked. By acquiring new voters in the northern town, it won the majority in the 2019 general election by the government for decades.

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Thursday's election was a test on both sides. Rural Tiberton and Honiton have voted for the Conservatives for generations, but Wakefield is the northern district where the Tories won from the Labor in 2019.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers an address on the attack by Russia on Ukraine, in Downing Street, London, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a speech on the attack Russia in Ukraine, Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Downing Street in London.(Pool photo via Jeff Mitchell / AP)

Workers' widely expected victory In Wakefield, former conservative legislators are sex He resigned after being convicted of sexual assault, but is backing the party, which has been absent nationwide since 2010.

Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said the party was "on the side of the working people, winning the seats we had previously lost, and ready for the government."

A British court states that a widow can use a frozen embryo of her late wife as a surrogate. Despite saying it was tough, the LDP overturned the majority of the Conservative Party with 24,000 votes and won a majority of more than 6,000 votes. The election was called when a district Conservative member resigned after being caught watching pornography in the House of Representatives.

Due to the defeat, Johnson has a majority in Congress. But his already volatile authority among his own parliamentarians is further weakened. Johnson was held in a government building during the blockade of the British coronavirus.

Johnson was one of 83 police fines for attending the party and became the first prime minister to be found to have violated the law during his tenure. rice field. The rt of the repo "partisan" scandal said Johnson must be held responsible for the "leadership and judgment failure" that created the government a culture of violating the rules.

He survived a vote of no confidence by his own party this month, but remains weakened after 41% of Conservative lawmakers voted to dismiss him. was.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in London, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a wave of public and political outrage over allegations that he and his staff flouted coronavirus lockdown rules by holding a garden party in 2020 while Britons were barred by law from meeting up with more than one person outside their households.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a weekly Prime Minister's Question in London on Wednesday, January 12th. Leave Downing Street to attend the meeting. 2022. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is publicly and politically angry at the allegations that he and his staff have ignored the coronavirus lockdown rules by hosting a garden party in 2020. Facing the waves. Household. (AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Under party rules, Johnson cannot face such a vote for a year, but on Friday Defeat will increase the pressure to change it, and the possibility of another rebellion increases in the coming months.

Johnson's longtime critic, conservative MP Roger Gale, repeated his call for the resignation of the prime minister.

"The soul of our party is at stake," he said.