“Our supporters are saddened and disappointed by recent events, and I share those sentiments,” Oliver Dowden wrote in his resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which he posted on Twitter. We can’t go on like we already did. Someone has to take responsibility and I have concluded that under the circumstances, it would not be appropriate for me to continue in this position.”
The seat in Wakefield was held by Labor for 87 years, but the party lost the district to the Conservatives in 2019. Now Labor has reclaimed the seat. Tiverton-Honeyton is known to be conservative, with the Conservative Party winning 24,000 votes in 2019.
The midterm elections were seen as an important test for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. The prime minister has come under fire in recent months over the ‘party gate’ issue, in which it was revealed that government officials in Downing Street, among others, including the prime minister himself, had not taken seriously the lockdowns imposed by the government announced to combat epidemic. Johnson survived a confidence vote within his party earlier this month.
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