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Live updates from MailOnline today after Oliver Dowden resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party following two by-election defeats:  {"@context":"http://schema.org","@type":"LiveBlogPosting","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","description":"MAILONLINE LIVEBLOG: Follow live updates after the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win in Tiverton and Honiton, while Labour reclaimed Wakefield.","headline":"BY-ELECTIONS LIVE: Latest updates after Conservative defeats in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton as Boris...","coverageStartTime":"2022-06-24T06:46:19+01:00","coverageEndTime":"2022-06-24T10:59:47+01:00","dateModified":"2022-06-24T10:59:47+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T06:46:19+01:00","publisher":{"@type":"Organization","@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher","name":"Daily Mail","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/sitelogos/daily-mail-structured-data-logo.gif","width":"350","height":"60"}},"liveBlogUpdate":[{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Rishi Sunak is 'sad' about Oliver Dowden resigning","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-47","dateModified":"2022-06-24T10:59:47+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T10:59:47+01:00","articleBody":"Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he was 'sad' over the resignation of Oliver Dowden but added he was 'determined to continue working to tackle the cost of living'.\nWriting on Twitter, he said: 'I'm sad that my colleague and friend @OliverDowden took the decision to resign this morning.\n'We all take responsibility for the results and I'm determined to continue working to tackle the cost of living, including delivering NICs changes saving 30 million people on average £330.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Cabinet allies rush to shore up Boris Johnson after by-election defeats","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-46","dateModified":"2022-06-24T10:19:23+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T10:19:23+01:00","articleBody":"Cabinet allies scrambled to shore up Boris Johnson today as he vowed to 'keep going' despite Tory chair Oliver Dowden dramatically quitting in the wake of the party's double by-election pummelling. Here is the full story from MailOnline's political team:","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"How could the Conservatives oust Boris Johnson?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-45","dateModified":"2022-06-24T10:17:24+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T10:16:51+01:00","articleBody":"Boris Johnson has been plunged into a fresh leadership crisis after two catastrophic by-election results.\nThe outgoing Oliver Dowden delivered what appeared to be a coded attack on the PM, saying the party cannot continue with 'business as usual'.\nSo just how much danger is Mr Johnson in, and how likely is the crisis to end his premiership? MailOnline's political editor James Tapsfield takes a look in this story:","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Keir Starmer hails by-election as 'birthplace' of next Labour government","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-43","dateModified":"2022-06-24T10:15:03+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T10:15:03+01:00","articleBody":"Keir Starmer hailed Wakefield as the 'birthplace' of the next Labour government as he seized on the by-election win to stabilise his leadership.\nSir Keir was in the Yorkshire constituency just a few hours after the dramatic result was announced, posing with his new MP Simon Lightwood. Here is the full story from MailOnline's political editor James Tapsfield:","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Why is Boris Johnson in Rwanda and is Carrie Johnson with him?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-42","dateModified":"2022-06-24T09:19:37+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T09:19:17+01:00","articleBody":"Boris Johnson has said he will 'keep going' after his authority was dealt a series of blows by the double by-election defeat.\nThe Prime Minister acknowledged today that losing the former Tory stronghold of Tiverton and Honiton to the Lib Dems as well as surrendering Wakefield to Labour was 'tough', but he insisted he was pushing on, and vowed to 'listen' to voters.\nHe was pictured today with his wife Carrie Johnson as they attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting opening ceremony at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda.","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/1656058662852_lc_galleryImage_KIGALI_RWANDA_JUNE_24_Pri.JPG"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Oliver Dowden's resignation is a 'loss', says Priti Patel","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-41","dateModified":"2022-06-24T09:16:55+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T09:16:55+01:00","articleBody":"Priti Patel said Oliver Dowden's resignation was a 'loss' to the Government.\nThe Home Secretary said it is 'important that we really reflect' on the by-election results, while also recognising the contests were fought against a 'difficult and challenging backdrop'.\nWhen it was put to her that recent results show Conservative voters are switching to the Liberal Democrats, she told Times Radio: 'Well actually I wouldn't say that at all, I really wouldn't. I think that is quite a wide assumption.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Boris Johnson needs to 'look in the mirror and do better'","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-40","dateModified":"2022-06-24T09:15:06+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T09:15:06+01:00","articleBody":"Sir Robert Buckland said he has told Boris Johnson personally that the Prime Minister needs to 'look in the mirror and do better' as he told Sky News the Conservative Party is 'about more than one man'.\nThe former Lord Chancellor admitted it was 'frustrating' for those on the party's sidelines to see a 'lack of focus' from the Government, but he stopped short of calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, saying he did not believe 'throwing over the captain now' would be the right response.\n'What is frustrating for those of us now on the side, if you like, is that lack of focus and a real sense of a coordinated message here about what the Government is doing and what it needs to do,' he said.\n'The Conservative Party is a broad coalition of people who have different views across the centre right in politics. We need to reflect that far, far better - we're not a sect, we're not some iconoclastic tribe trying to overthrow the state.'\nHe added: 'I know this Prime Minister's personality and his characters (sic) tend to dominate politics in a way that we haven't seen since perhaps the days of Tony Blair of Margaret Thatcher, but the Conservative Party is about more than one man.'\nThe former justice secretary, who served in Mr Johnson's cabinet before the reshuffle last September, said he believed ousting the Prime Minister would not solve the party's problems: 'I don't think that throwing over the captain now would be the right response, that would be, once again, Conservative MPs turning in on themselves and worrying about themselves rather than listening to constituents and fellow residents, as I do here in Swindon.\n'This is a much bigger story than the story of one man and his career. He needs to, as I've said to him myself, look in the mirror and make sure that he does better.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Government must be 'relentlessly focused', says Dominic Raab","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-39","dateModified":"2022-06-24T09:14:43+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T09:14:43+01:00","articleBody":"Dominic Raab said the Government needed to be 'relentlessly focused' after facing 'distractions' such as partygate.\nThe Deputy Prime Minister told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'I think we've had distractions because of partygate, because of too much Westminster internal focus when people want to see us focused on their priorities.\n'But if I look at what we're doing, you've got the Chancellor tackling the cost of living challenges, it's a £37 billion package of support, you've got the Transport Secretary taking measures this week to help us deal with the RMT strikes, which Labour [were] in total shambles about, I published a Bill of Rights.'\nQuestioned repeatedly if things will change following the losses, Raab said: 'Yes, we're going to be relentlessly focused on delivery, not allow the distractions of recent times to take our eye off the ball.'\nHe added: 'Of course we're going to listen but what I'm telling you, the central message is that, and I think particularly from Tiverton, where our own supporters stayed home, and that's the big thing that I think I would extrapolate, we've got to be talking to the public, giving and delivering the public what we said we'd do.\n'We've got a great plan from the reforms in schools, to the NHS, the criminal justice, the crime fighting plan, but we've got to be relentlessly focused on it. The change, to answer your question squarely, is not allowing anything to get in the way of that. I think that's something the Prime Minister, the whole Cabinet, will be focused on.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Conservatives are 'absolutely imploding', says Keir Starmer","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-38","dateModified":"2022-06-24T09:08:09+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T09:08:09+01:00","articleBody":"Sir Keir Starmer said the Conservatives were 'absolutely imploding' following the resignation of Tory party co-chairman Oliver Dowden.","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/1656058067283_lc_galleryImage_Labour_leader_Sir_Keir_St.JPG"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Boris Johnson speaks to Rishi Sunak after Oliver Dowden resigns","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-37","dateModified":"2022-06-24T09:06:51+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T09:05:34+01:00","articleBody":"Boris Johnson spoke to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris by phone after Oliver Dowden's resignation, a Tory party source said.\nThe source said Mr Johnson was swimming in his hotel pool by 6am Kigali-time and then received the warning call from Mr Dowden before his 7am meeting.\nMr Johnson was said to be surprised by the resignation and believes there is 'no rush' in replacing him as party co-chairman. The source was attributing some blame for the electoral losses on the 'nonsense' of the media's 'endless reportage and Kremlinology of partygate'.\nAsked if he feared Mr Dowden was acting as an outrider for a possible leadership challenge from someone like the Chancellor, the source said: 'What do I know, but I'd be astonished if it was the Chancellor. The PM spoke to the Chancellor this morning as he does almost every morning.'\nThe Tory source added: 'He's not going to be leaving, this is too important, he's going onto the G7 on the basis that the biggest challenge is to get the UK and families through extremely tough economic times. To not be at the G7 would be an abdication of responsibility for any prime minister.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Conservative losses are result of a 'perfect storm', says Dominic Raab","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-36","dateModified":"2022-06-24T09:04:53+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T09:04:53+01:00","articleBody":"Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has described the Conservative party losses in the by-elections being the result of a 'perfect storm'.\nSpeaking on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, he said: 'My view is that the by-elections, both of them, were the result of the perfect storm of very difficult local scenarios, given the situations of the previously sitting Conservative MPs, plus the national headwinds, first of all, inevitably, for a mid-term government, but also, frankly, the distractions that we've had.\n'I think the Prime Minister put it well: we need to listen very carefully, we need to take that feedback.\n'I think (with) Tiverton, the most striking thing is how many of our supporters didn't come out. We need to spend the next two years absolutely relentlessly focused on delivering our plan, without those distractions and with a real calm focus on delivering.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Conservatives need 'moment of reflection', says Priti Patel","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-35","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:37:51+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:37:51+01:00","articleBody":"Priti Patel said it is 'important and right' the Conservatives have a 'moment of reflection' following the by-election results.\nThe Home Secretary told LBC: 'It's right that we listen to the voters from both of those constituencies, it's right that we carry on with our service to them, but also recognise the issues that they themselves are raising and have raised on the doorstep, I went to both by-elections too, and we get on with the job.'\nAsked if she thought there would be more resignations, after Oliver Dowden stood down as Tory Party chairman, she said: 'I don't, because, as I've said, you know, to govern is hard, and to govern we make choices and decisions, and we are working night and day, I can give you that assurance... focusing on these big issues.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What next for Boris Johnson after double by-election blow?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-34","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:37:24+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:37:24+01:00","articleBody":"Boris Johnson's authority has suffered a double blow as the Tories suffered humiliating defeats in two parliamentary by-elections. Here is a Q&A from the PA news agency:\n- What happened?\nThe contests in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and Tiverton and Honiton, Devon were triggered by Conservative MPs resigning in disgrace.\nWakefield's Imran Ahmad Khan quit as an MP after being convicted of sexual assault, a crime for which he received an 18-month jail term.\nNeil Parish quit his seat after being caught watching pornography in the House of Commons. He initially claimed to have been looking for a website about tractors.\n- So what were the results?\nWakefield was won by the Tories in 2019 with a majority of 3,358 after being a Labour seat since the 1930s - albeit one that had become fairly marginal - so Simon Lightwood's 4,925 vote victory is not a seismic shock.\nBut Tiverton and Honiton had been won with a majority of more than 24,000 - Mr Parish had more than 60% of the vote - so the victory for the Liberal Democrats' Richard Foord does represent a political earthquake.\nHe took the seat with a majority of 6,144.\n- What does it mean for Boris Johnson?\nThe double by-election defeat came less than three weeks after 41% of his own MPs voted to get rid of him as Tory leader and, ultimately, Prime Minister in the wake of concerns over the partygate row and economic policies.\nAlthough he survived the confidence vote - 211 Tory MPs backed him, with 148 saying they had lost faith - his leadership was damaged.\nFor many Tory MPs, Mr Johnson's key appeal is his ability to win elections by bringing in voters who may never have backed the Conservatives before.\nThe loss of two very different constituencies - one in the Red Wall, one in a rural Conservative heartland - will cause some of his MPs to wonder if the Johnsonian electoral magic has worn off.\nThe Lib Dems gleefully pointed out that the 24,239 Conservative majority in Tiverton and Honiton was bigger than the combined majorities of the 26 most marginal Conservative seats at the last election.\n- What about the winners?\nFor Sir Keir Starmer, the Wakefield win is a boost after a difficult few weeks for his leadership amid anonymous shadow cabinet complaints about him being 'boring', the lingering threat of Durham Police's investigation into the beer and curry he consumed on the campaign trail during lockdown and Labour divisions over supporting striking rail workers.\nLabour needs to win back seats in northern England if it is to have any chance of victory in the next general election, so the Wakefield success will provide some encouragement - although there remains a long way to go.\nFor the Liberal Democrats, Mr Foord's success completes a hat-trick of stunning by-election victories following wins in Chesham and Amersham and North Shropshire.\nLib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has set his sights on knocking more bricks out of the 'Blue Wall' of Tory seats in southern England where his party is now the main challenger.\n- So, what next?\nBoris Johnson is out of the country at international summits in Rwanda, Germany and Spain over the coming days.\nThis will severely restrict his ability to reassure wavering Tory MPs who may have renewed doubts about his leadership - and to snuff out any new plots against him that emerge.\nBut he will seek to play down the impact of the by-elections, pointing out that governing parties are often hit by protest votes.","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Sir Keir Starmer described Wakefield victory as 'historic by-election'","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-33","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:36:16+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:36:16+01:00","articleBody":"Sir Keir Starmer said the win in Wakefield was a 'huge result for the Labour Party'.\nHe told reporters in Ossett: 'This puts us now absolutely on track for a Labour government, which is absolutely coming.'\nSaying that 12.69 per cent was a 'significant' swing towards Labour, Sir Keir said: 'That tells you that the next government is going to be a Labour government, and the sooner the better - because the country voted yesterday in both by-elections, no confidence in this out-of-touch, out-of-ideas Government.\n'This is a historic by-election as far as we're concerned.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Tobias Ellwood praises 'honourable' resignation by Oliver Dowden","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-32","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:35:48+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:35:48+01:00","articleBody":"Senior Tory MP Tobias Ellwood said Oliver Dowden's resignation was 'honourable'.\nSharing a copy of Mr Dowden's letter of resignation to the Prime Minister, he tweeted simply: 'Honourable.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Sir Keir Starmer meets Labour campaigners after by-election victory","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-31","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:35:17+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:35:17+01:00","articleBody":"Sir Keir Starmer met Labour campaigners at Ossett Market this morning, alongside newly-elected Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood.\nThe Labour leader told supporters: 'What a judgment this is on the Tories and Boris Johnson - out of touch, out of ideas, and if they had any decency they would get out the way for the sake of the country.\n'When we do form that next Labour government, and we're going to do it, Wakefield will go down as the birthplace of that.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/08/1656056077606_lc_galleryImage_Britain_s_opposition_Labo.JPG"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"By-election defeats to be discussed at Conservative AGM","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-30","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:34:01+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:34:01+01:00","articleBody":"Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has said he will discuss the by-election defeats at a Conservative AGM (Annual General Meeting) this evening and expects to make 'difficult decisions'.\nThe treasurer of the 1922 committee said the Conservatives will then have 'some difficult decisions to make, no doubt' on how to move forward.\nThe MP for The Cotswolds told the BBC's Today programme that MPs would in the coming days decide whether steps should be taken to oust Boris Johnson.\nSpeaking on a phone line, Mr Clifton-Brown said: 'I'm not going to come on out this morning and speculate on behalf of my colleagues as to whether we should or shouldn't change the rules. Clearly what's going to happen over the next few days is the Prime Minister is going to set out to both his Cabinet and with us as Members of Parliament.'\nThe line then broke off momentarily before he added: 'We will then in the parliamentary party have to make a judgment as to whether we think that is a satisfactory explanation or whether we should actually take steps to have a new Prime Minister.'\nThe Tory grandee, who voted against Mr Johnson in the confidence vote over his leadership, added: 'I've got an AGM tonight, I will consider what my members say, I will then discuss this matter with my colleagues, we will hear what the Prime Minister says and then we will have to make some difficult decisions, no doubt.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Rory Stewart: It 'feels like the beginning of the end' for Boris Johnson","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-29","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:29:42+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:29:42+01:00","articleBody":"Former Conservative MP and minister Rory Stewart said Oliver Dowden's resignation 'feels like the beginning of the end' for Boris Johnson.\nSharing a copy of Mr Dowden's resignation letter, he tweeted: 'A devastating resignation for Boris Johnson because it comes from one of his earliest and most passionate supporters, who backed many of his cultural fights, and risked his reputation defending him for years. This feels like the beginning of the end.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Boris Johnson 'completely' understands Oliver Dowden's disappointment","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-28","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:22:30+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:22:30+01:00","articleBody":"Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Oliver Dowden he 'completely' understands his disappointment with the by-election results.\nWriting to Mr Dowden following his resignation as Tory Party chairman, Mr Johnson said: 'Thank you for your letter and I am sad to see you leave Government. As Minister for the Cabinet Office, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party, it has been a pleasure to work alongside you for the last three years. In each of those roles you have given your best and focused on delivering for the British people.\n'Whilst I completely understand your disappointment with the by-election results, this Government was elected with a historic mandate just over two years ago to unite and level up. I look forward to continuing to work together on that.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Home Secretary Priti Patel says the Government is 'cracking on'","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-27","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:18:06+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:18:06+01:00","articleBody":"Home Secretary Priti Patel said the Prime Minister told her the Government is 'cracking on with task' after the double by-election defeats.\nAsked what Boris Johnson said to her following the results, she told LBC: 'The fact of the matter is that we're cracking on with the task.'\nPressed on what the PM said, she said: 'Yes, exactly that, absolutely, that we are carrying on, working to grow our economy and address the cost of living... and providing the leadership that we need in challenging times. We do that collectively, we really do as one Government working together.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown says it would be 'difficult to hold' his seat","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-26","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:17:14+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:17:14+01:00","articleBody":"Tory grandee Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said there is 'no doubt' it would be 'difficult to hold' his Conservative seat if there were a by-election in his constituency now.\nSpeaking to BBC R4's Today programme, the MP for the Cotswolds and treasurer of the 1922 committee said: 'I think factually if I were to run under a bus today it would be difficult to hold my seat, there's no doubt about that.\n'I feel very sorry for all our volunteers and indeed my colleagues, and indeed myself, who work very hard in these by-elections, but were simply defeated by the situation that we find ourselves in at the moment.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Sir Keir Starmer says Conservatives are 'out of ideas'","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-25","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:16:34+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:16:25+01:00","articleBody":"Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said his party’s by-election victory in Wakefield shows the Conservatives are 'out of touch, out of ideas and if they had any decency they would get out of the way for the sake of the country'.","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/08/1656054948980_lc_galleryImage_Britain_s_opposition_Labo.JPG"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Boris Johnson vows to 'keep going' despite Tory wipeout in by-elections","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-24","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:15:05+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:14:53+01:00","articleBody":"Boris Johnson vowed to 'keep going' today despite Tory chair Oliver Dowden dramatically quitting after the party suffered a double by-election pummelling.\nThe Prime Minister said he would 'listen' after seismic results in Tiverton and Wakefield, but tried to play down the huge blows as a difficult 'patch' for the government. Read more from MailOnline's political team here:","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Boris Johnson points to Tories winning Hartlepool from Labour","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-23","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:09:30+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:09:25+01:00","articleBody":"Boris Johnson tried to defend his record by highlighting how the Tories won Hartlepool from Labour in May 2021.\nSpeaking to Channel 4 News, the Prime Minister said: 'Without in any way wishing to minimise the lesson from by-elections - it was only a little over a year ago we won a Labour seat.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Boris Johnson has 'trashed' the reputation of the Conservative Party","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-22","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:08:55+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:08:45+01:00","articleBody":"Veteran Tory MP Sir Roger Gale said Boris Johnson had 'trashed' the reputation of the Conservative Party. He said the PM was choosing to 'hang onto the door handle at No 10' but 'it can't go on forever and it certainly won't go on until the next general election'.\nAsked if he saw Oliver Dowden's resignation as a trigger for more expressions of discontent from the Cabinet, he told BBC Breakfast: 'It is possible that that may happen but it is up to my colleagues in the Cabinet to decide whether they can go on supporting a Prime Minister who, frankly, has trashed the reputation of the Conservative Party, my party, for honesty, for decency, for integrity and for compassion.'\nSir Roger said the Tories were 'spoilt for choice' for new leaders. Asked who he would like to see in Mr Johnson's place, he said: 'I'm not playing that game. The media has said over and over again the problem is there isn't an obvious alternative. The problem is, actually, we're spoilt for choice.\nThere are several people who would make very good prime ministers within the party and one of those will emerge between now and the next general election and lead us into the next general election, which I trust we shall win.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Photographs from the Wakefield by-election won by Labour","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-21","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:06:54+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:06:54+01:00","articleBody":"In Wakefield, Simon Lightwood was elected with a majority of 4,925 on a swing of 12.7 per cent from the Tories to Labour. Here are some photos from the night:","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/08/1656054306839_lc_galleryImage_Labour_candidate_Simon_Li.JPG"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Photographs from Tiverton and Honiton by-election","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-20","dateModified":"2022-06-24T08:03:46+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T08:03:46+01:00","articleBody":"A dramatic swing of almost 30 per cent from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord secure a majority of 6,144 in Tiverton and Honiton.\nHere are some photographs from the night showing what happened at the count:","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/08/1656054106226_lc_galleryImage_The_Liberal_Democrats_by_.JPG"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"New Wakefield MP says 'next Labour government has been born'","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-19","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:57:49+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:57:49+01:00","articleBody":"New Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood has said 'the next Labour government has been born in this room tonight'.\nIn his speech after being declared the winner of the West Yorkshire by-election, he said: 'Tonight, the people of Wakefield have spoken on behalf of the British people. They have said unreservedly: 'Boris Johnson, your contempt for this country is no longer tolerated'.\n'It's not acceptable that a quarter of our children in Wakefield live in poverty, it's not acceptable that hundreds of people leave A&E every month without being treated because of record NHS waiting times, and it's not acceptable that convictions for crimes like robbery have fallen by almost half in the past five years.\n'People in Wakefield and across the country are sick of the deceit and dishonesty of this Government.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Sir Ed Davey is challenged over majority claims","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-18","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:56:51+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:56:51+01:00","articleBody":"Sir Ed Davey was challenged on Sky News over his claim the Liberal Democrats' victory in Tiverton and Honiton had beaten the biggest-ever majority to be overturned in a by-election.\nPresenter Kay Burley told him the party had won over the biggest-ever Conservative majority in a constituency, but said bigger Labour majorities in Glasgow, Hamilton and Ashfield had been defeated throughout by-election history.\n'Just to clarify, you said it was the largest by-election overturn result of a majority in living history, that's not right is it?' she said.\nSir Ed said: 'My figures are what I've just given you, Kay. It's a huge victory we can quibble about size if you like, but it's absolutely massive.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Tories should remove 'deceitful, dishonest leader', says Labour MP","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-17","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:56:17+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:56:17+01:00","articleBody":"Louise Haigh has said she hopes Tory MPs will now remove their 'deceitful, dishonest leader' following losses in Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield.\nThe shadow transport secretary told BBC Breakfast: 'I very much hope that Tory MPs will now reflect and recognise that the British public are sick to death of this Government that wants to divide this country, that wants to play political games, rather than resolve the very many issues that this country is facing.\n'We heard time and time again that people are worried about the cost of living, they're worried about the price of petrol, they're worried about not being able to afford their weekly shop.\n'Instead of tackling those issues, the Government have turned in on themselves and are trying to score cheap political points with the Labour Party. I hope that Tory MPs reflect on that now and finally remove their deceitful, dishonest leader that, quite frankly, treats this country with nothing but contempt.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Boris Johnson says he will 'reflect on where voters are'","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-16","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:55:12+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:55:12+01:00","articleBody":"Boris Johnson sought to deflect from the by-election defeats being about his leadership.\nHe told broadcasters in Rwanda: 'That may be your view. I think that what governments also have to recognise is that I don't want to minimise the importance of what voters are saying, but it is also true that in mid-term, government, post-war, lose by-elections. I think if you look back to last May the truly astonishing thing was we managed to win Hartlepool in very different circumstances.\n'What we need to do now is reflect on where voters are, and what they are basically feeling is that we came through Covid well and we took a lot of the right decisions there. But we are facing pressures on the costs of living. We are seeing spikes in fuel prices, energy costs, food costs, that is hitting people. We have to recognise that there is more that we have got to do and we certainly will, we will keep going addressing the concerns of people until we get through this patch.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Labour is now 'on the path to that general election victory'","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-15","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:54:11+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:54:11+01:00","articleBody":"Louise Haigh has said the result in Wakefield has put Labour 'on the path to that general election victory'.\nThe shadow transport secretary said the result was a 'massive rejection' of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the 'lack of agenda of his Tory government'.\nShe told BBC Breakfast: 'I think this clearly shows that we are building back those votes and helping regain the trust of those voters that we lost in 2019. But, clearly, we need to do much more than win the voters that we lost then. I think Wakefield demonstrates that we are winning back, and winning for the first time, people who've voted Tory for a very long time.\n'For the first time that we've been in opposition, we have a leader that people in places like Wakefield can look to and think 'that's the kind of person I want to lead this country, that I can trust him as prime minister, I can trust him running the economy'. As I say, I think Wakefield puts us firmly on the path to winning the next general election.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.

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It's a strongly Leave-supporting constituency.\n'So, for the Liberal Democrats to be winning there, and winning comfortably, it means that there's a whole swathe of seats across the south of the country that are vulnerable.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What do the Liberal Democrats say about the by-elections?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-13","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:52:36+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:52:36+01:00","articleBody":"Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey told LBC: 'We've just had the biggest by-election victory here in Devon. No majority of this size has ever been overturned in a by-election, so I'm pretty chipper today.\n'We are smiling here and the message from Tiverton and Honiton, the people here in Devon, is that Boris Johnson must go. I think they've spoken for the whole of the British people and it really is time he left.'\nHe added that the country was 'in chaos' under Mr Johnson's leadership and the Conservatives appeared to have no plan.\nThe Liberal Democrats had fronted a 'positive' campaign in the constituency with policies that had 'energised' people while the current Government falters, he said. 'I think it speaks on behalf of people - Boris Johnson really must be pushed out,' Sir Ed said.","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What were the full results of the Wakefield by-election?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-12","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:30:13+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:30:13+01:00","articleBody":"Labour gain from Conservative.\nSimon Lightwood (Lab) 13,166 (47.94%, +8.13%)\nNadeem Ahmed (C) 8,241 (30.00%, -17.26%)\nAkef Akbar (Ind) 2,090 (7.61%, +6.60%)\nDavid Herdson (Yorkshire) 1,182 (4.30%, +2.38%)\nAshley Routh (Green) 587 (2.14%)\nChris Walsh (Reform) 513 (1.87%)\nJamie Needle (LD) 508 (1.85%, -2.09%)\nAshlea Simon (Britain 1st) 311 (1.13%)\nMick Dodgson (FA) 187 (0.68%)\nSir Archibald Stanton Earl 'Eaton (Loony) 171 (0.62%)\nPaul Bickerdike (CPA) 144 (0.52%)\nTherese Hirst (Eng Dem) 135 (0.49%)\nJordan Gaskell (UKIP) 124 (0.45%)\nChristopher Jones (NIP) 84 (0.31%)\nJayda Fransen (Ind) 23 (0.08%)\nLab maj 4,925 (17.93%)\n12.69% swing C to Lab\nElectorate 69,601; Turnout 27,466 (39.46%, -24.69%)\n2019: C maj 3,358 (7.46%) - Turnout 45,027 (64.15%) Ahmad-Khan (C) 21,283 (47.27%); Creagh (Lab) 17,925 (39.81%); Wiltshire (Brexit) 2,725 (6.05%); Needle (LD) 1,772 (3.94%); Kett (Yorkshire) 868 (1.93%); Whyte (Ind) 454 (1.01%)","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What were the full results of the Tiverton and Honiton by-election?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-11","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:29:50+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:29:50+01:00","articleBody":"Liberal Democrat gain from Conservatives.\nRichard Foord (LD) 22,537 (52.91%, +38.14%)\nHelen Hurford (C) 16,393 (38.49%, -21.72%)\nLiz Pole (Lab) 1,562 (3.67%, -15.88%)\nGill Westcott (Green) 1,064 (2.50%, -1.34%)\nAndy Foan (Reform) 481 (1.13%)\nBen Walker (UKIP) 241 (0.57%, -1.06%)\nJordan Donoghue-Morgan (Heritage) 167 (0.39%)\nFrankie Rufolo (FB) 146 (0.34%)\nLD maj 6,144 (14.43%)\n29.93% swing C to LD\nElectorate 81,661; Turnout 42,591 (52.16%, -19.71%)\n2019: C maj 24,239 (40.66%) - Turnout 59,613 (71.86%)\nParish (C) 35,893 (60.21%); Pole (Lab) 11,654 (19.55%); Timperley (LD) 8,807 (14.77%); Reed (Green) 2,291 (3.84%); Dennis (UKIP) 968 (1.62%)","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Conservatives are 'sleepwalking to a defeat at the next election'","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-10","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:29:07+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:28:57+01:00","articleBody":"Tory peer Lord Barwell, who was Theresa May's chief of staff in No 10, said if the Conservative Party carries on as it is, it is 'sleepwalking to a defeat at the next election'.\nHe told Sky News he was 'very pleased' someone senior in the party seemed to have 'finally' recognised this and done something about it, as Oliver Dowden resigned as Tory chairman.\nHe said Boris Johnson's authority is 'very significantly diminished' and 'draining away'. Lord Barwell said Cabinet ministers have got to ask themselves what it does to their own reputations if they continue to stand by him.\n'The evidence is mounting up that he has lost the support of the public that he once had, that it looks extraordinarily unlikely that he's going to be able to win that back,' he said. 'So, if they allow him to carry on, then they're going to allow him to lead the Conservative Party to a significant defeat at the next election.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What is Labour saying about Oliver Dowden's resignation?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-9","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:28:28+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:28:28+01:00","articleBody":"The shadow transport secretary has said it is 'right' that Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden has resigned, but said she hoped Prime Minister Boris Johnson would 'take his fair share of responsibility'.\nLouise Haigh told BBC Breakfast: 'I think it's right, but I think, once again, everybody else seems to have to take responsibility and resign other than the main man, and I would have hoped that Boris Johnson would take his fair share of responsibility of this devastating blow of these two by-election losses.\n'But, knowing the measure of the man as I do, I very much doubt he will.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What has Boris Johnson said about Oliver Dowden resigning?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-8","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:27:55+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:27:55+01:00","articleBody":"Boris Johnson has thanked Oliver Dowden after he resigned as Tory party co-chairman.\nSpeaking to broadcasters in Kigali, the Prime Minister: 'It's absolutely true we've had some tough by-election results, they've been, I think, a reflection of a lot of things, but we've got to recognise voters are going through a tough time at the moment.\n'I think, as a Government, I've got to listen to what people are saying, in particular to the difficulties people are facing over the cost of living, which, I think, for most people is the number one issue.\n'We're now facing pressures on the cost of living, we're seeing spikes in fuel prices, energy costs, food costs - that's hitting people.\n'We've got to recognise there is more we've got to do and we certainly will, we will keep going, addressing the concerns of people until we get through this patch.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Why has Oliver Dowden resigned as Conservative Party chairman?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-7","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:26:52+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:26:52+01:00","articleBody":"Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after it suffered two by-election defeats.\nMr Dowden, who was due to appear on the morning media round for the Government today, said in his letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the by-elections 'are the latest in a run of very poor results for our party'.\n'Our supporters are distressed and disappointed by recent events, and I share their feelings.\n'We cannot carry on with business as usual. Somebody must take responsibility and I have concluded that, in these circumstances, it would not be right for me to remain in office.'\nThe MP ended his letter by saying: 'I want to emphasise that this is a deeply personal decision that I have taken alone. I will, as always, remain loyal to the Conservative Party.'","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What happened in the Wakefield by-election?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-6","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:25:03+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:25:03+01:00","articleBody":"Labour needed a much swing of just 3.8 percentage points to take Wakefield from the Conservatives.\nThey won the seat on a swing of 12.7 points - coincidentally, exactly the same size swing Labour achieved the last time it won a seat from the Tories at a by-election, in Corby in 2012.\nA swing of this size is the sort needed by Labour at the next general election to be in with a chance of an overall majority of seats in the House of Commons.\nIt is also the size of swing that would, were it repeated uniformly at the general election on the current parliamentary boundaries, spell defeat for the likes of former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith (in Chingford & Woodford Green), Environment Secretary George Eustice (Camborne & Redruth), Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield) and the Prime Minister himself, Boris Johnson (Uxbridge & South Ruislip).","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What happened in the Tiverton & Honiton by-election?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-5","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:24:39+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:24:39+01:00","articleBody":"A dramatic swing of almost 30 per cent from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord secure a majority of 6,144 in Tiverton and Honiton.\nThe Liberal Democrats had needed a swing of at least 22.8 percentage points to win Tiverton & Honiton - in other words, 23 in every 100 people in the constituency who voted Conservative at the 2019 general election needed to switch directly to the Lib Dems.\nIn the event they managed a swing of 29.9 points: large enough to rank as the sixth biggest swing against a government since 1945 in a by-election that saw a change in both party and MP.\nThe biggest swing of this kind took place in July 1993 at the Christchurch by-election, which was won by the Lib Dems on a 35.4 point swing from the Conservatives.\nClose behind is the 34.1 point swing the Lib Dems achieved against the Tories in the North Shropshire by-election in December last year.\nAll of these top six swings have been achieved either by the Liberal Democrats or its predecessor, the Liberal Party.\nWere the swing at Tiverton & Honiton repeated uniformly at the next general election, based on the current parliamentary boundaries the outcome would see many Conservatives lose their seats, including Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab (in Esher & Walton), former health secretary Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey) and former prime minister Theresa May (Maidenhead).","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"How do the by-election results compare to previous defeats?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-4","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:23:41+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:23:41+01:00","articleBody":"The Conservatives' defeat at the polls in Tiverton & Honiton and Wakefield is the first time in more than 30 years that a government has lost two by-elections on the same day.\nThe previous occasion was on November 7 1991, when the Conservative government of John Major lost the seat of Langbaurgh in Cleveland to Labour and also Kincardine & Deeside in east Scotland to the Liberal Democrats.\nA double by-election loss for a government is so rare in British politics that it has now happened only seven times since the Second World War.","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What happened in the by-election and what’s happened since?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-3","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:22:23+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:22:23+01:00","articleBody":"Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after it suffered two by-election defeats, saying in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that 'someone must take responsibility'.\nIn Tiverton and Honiton the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labour reclaimed Wakefield.\nThe contests, triggered by the resignation of disgraced Tories, offered voters the chance to give their verdict on the Prime Minister just weeks after 41 pre cent of his own MPs cast their ballots against him.\nA dramatic swing of almost 30 per cent from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord secure a majority of 6,144 in Tiverton and Honiton.\nIn Wakefield, Simon Lightwood was elected with a majority of 4,925 on a swing of 12.7 per cent from the Tories to Labour.","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"What has Boris Johnson said about the double by-election defeat?","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-2","dateModified":"2022-06-24T07:20:40+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T07:20:40+01:00","articleBody":"Boris Johnson has said he will 'listen' to voters but will 'keep going' after the Tories suffered a double by-election defeat.","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"},{"@type":"BlogPosting","headline":"Follow MailOnline for live updates and reaction to the by-election results","url":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html#lc-id-0","dateModified":"2022-06-24T06:46:19+01:00","datePublished":"2022-06-24T06:46:19+01:00","articleBody":"Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog, as we bring you reaction to the news that Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after it suffered two by-election defeats. Stay with us throughout today for live updates.","author":{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"},"mainEntityOfPage":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10948647/BY-ELECTIONS-LIVE-Conservatives-lose-two-seats-terrible-night-Boris-Johnson.html","@type":"WebPage"},"publisher":{"@id":"https://www.dailymail.co.uk#publisher"},"image":"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/06/24/09/59469499-0-image-a-4_1656059740365.jpg"}],"author":[{"@type":"Person","name":"Mark Duell"}]} Mark Duell Host commentator Auto-update 10:59 Rishi Sunak is 'sad' about Oliver Dowden resigning Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he was 'sad' over the resignation of Oliver Dowden but added he was 'determined to continue working to tackle the cost of living'. Writing on Twitter, he said: 'I'm sad that my colleague and friend @OliverDowden took the decision to resign this morning. 'We all take responsibility for the results and I'm determined to continue working to tackle the cost of living, including delivering NICs changes saving 30 million people on average £330.' 10:19 Cabinet allies rush to shore up Boris Johnson after by-election defeats Cabinet allies scrambled to shore up Boris Johnson today as he vowed to 'keep going' despite Tory chair Oliver Dowden dramatically quitting in the wake of the party's double by-election pummelling. Here is the full story from MailOnline's political team: Tory chair Oliver Dowden QUITS after wipeout in TWO by-elections 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. Mail Online 10:16 How could the Conservatives oust Boris Johnson? Boris Johnson has been plunged into a fresh leadership crisis after two catastrophic by-election results. The outgoing Oliver Dowden delivered what appeared to be a coded attack on the PM, saying the party cannot continue with 'business as usual'. So just how much danger is Mr Johnson in, and how likely is the crisis to end his premiership? MailOnline's political editor James Tapsfield takes a look in this story: So how could the Tories oust Boris after by-election disaster? Boris Johnson said he would 'listen' after seismic results in Tiverton and Wakefield, but tried to play down the huge blows as a difficult 'patch' for the government. Mail Online 10:15 Keir Starmer hails by-election as 'birthplace' of next Labour government Keir Starmer hailed Wakefield as the 'birthplace' of the next Labour government as he seized on the by-election win to stabilise his leadership. Sir Keir was in the Yorkshire constituency just a few hours after the dramatic result was announced, posing with his new MP Simon Lightwood. Here is the full story from MailOnline's political editor James Tapsfield: Starmer says Wakefield by-election 'birthplace' of Labour government Keir Starmer was in the Yorkshire constituency just a few hours after the dramatic result was announced, posing with his new MP Simon Lightwood. Mail Online 09:19 Why is Boris Johnson in Rwanda and is Carrie Johnson with him? Boris Johnson has said he will 'keep going' after his authority was dealt a series of blows by the double by-election defeat. The Prime Minister acknowledged today that losing the former Tory stronghold of Tiverton and Honiton to the Lib Dems as well as surrendering Wakefield to Labour was 'tough', but he insisted he was pushing on, and vowed to 'listen' to voters. He was pictured today with his wife Carrie Johnson as they attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting opening ceremony at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie at Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda today 09:16 Oliver Dowden's resignation is a 'loss', says Priti Patel Priti Patel said Oliver Dowden's resignation was a 'loss' to the Government. The Home Secretary said it is 'important that we really reflect' on the by-election results, while also recognising the contests were fought against a 'difficult and challenging backdrop'. When it was put to her that recent results show Conservative voters are switching to the Liberal Democrats, she told Times Radio: 'Well actually I wouldn't say that at all, I really wouldn't. I think that is quite a wide assumption.' 09:15 Boris Johnson needs to 'look in the mirror and do better' Sir Robert Buckland said he has told Boris Johnson personally that the Prime Minister needs to 'look in the mirror and do better' as he told Sky News the Conservative Party is 'about more than one man'. The former Lord Chancellor admitted it was 'frustrating' for those on the party's sidelines to see a 'lack of focus' from the Government, but he stopped short of calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, saying he did not believe 'throwing over the captain now' would be the right response. 'What is frustrating for those of us now on the side, if you like, is that lack of focus and a real sense of a coordinated message here about what the Government is doing and what it needs to do,' he said. 'The Conservative Party is a broad coalition of people who have different views across the centre right in politics. We need to reflect that far, far better - we're not a sect, we're not some iconoclastic tribe trying to overthrow the state.' He added: 'I know this Prime Minister's personality and his characters (sic) tend to dominate politics in a way that we haven't seen since perhaps the days of Tony Blair of Margaret Thatcher, but the Conservative Party is about more than one man.' The former justice secretary, who served in Mr Johnson's cabinet before the reshuffle last September, said he believed ousting the Prime Minister would not solve the party's problems: 'I don't think that throwing over the captain now would be the right response, that would be, once again, Conservative MPs turning in on themselves and worrying about themselves rather than listening to constituents and fellow residents, as I do here in Swindon. 'This is a much bigger story than the story of one man and his career. He needs to, as I've said to him myself, look in the mirror and make sure that he does better.' 09:14 Government must be 'relentlessly focused', says Dominic Raab Dominic Raab said the Government needed to be 'relentlessly focused' after facing 'distractions' such as partygate. The Deputy Prime Minister told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'I think we've had distractions because of partygate, because of too much Westminster internal focus when people want to see us focused on their priorities. 'But if I look at what we're doing, you've got the Chancellor tackling the cost of living challenges, it's a £37 billion package of support, you've got the Transport Secretary taking measures this week to help us deal with the RMT strikes, which Labour [were] in total shambles about, I published a Bill of Rights.' Questioned repeatedly if things will change following the losses, Raab said: 'Yes, we're going to be relentlessly focused on delivery, not allow the distractions of recent times to take our eye off the ball.' He added: 'Of course we're going to listen but what I'm telling you, the central message is that, and I think particularly from Tiverton, where our own supporters stayed home, and that's the big thing that I think I would extrapolate, we've got to be talking to the public, giving and delivering the public what we said we'd do. 'We've got a great plan from the reforms in schools, to the NHS, the criminal justice, the crime fighting plan, but we've got to be relentlessly focused on it. The change, to answer your question squarely, is not allowing anything to get in the way of that. I think that's something the Prime Minister, the whole Cabinet, will be focused on.' 09:08 Conservatives are 'absolutely imploding', says Keir Starmer Sir Keir Starmer said the Conservatives were 'absolutely imploding' following the resignation of Tory party co-chairman Oliver Dowden. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer walks with new Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood in Ossett today 09:05 Boris Johnson speaks to Rishi Sunak after Oliver Dowden resigns Boris Johnson spoke to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris by phone after Oliver Dowden's resignation, a Tory party source said. The source said Mr Johnson was swimming in his hotel pool by 6am Kigali-time and then received the warning call from Mr Dowden before his 7am meeting. Mr Johnson was said to be surprised by the resignation and believes there is 'no rush' in replacing him as party co-chairman. The source was attributing some blame for the electoral losses on the 'nonsense' of the media's 'endless reportage and Kremlinology of partygate'. Asked if he feared Mr Dowden was acting as an outrider for a possible leadership challenge from someone like the Chancellor, the source said: 'What do I know, but I'd be astonished if it was the Chancellor. The PM spoke to the Chancellor this morning as he does almost every morning.' The Tory source added: 'He's not going to be leaving, this is too important, he's going onto the G7 on the basis that the biggest challenge is to get the UK and families through extremely tough economic times. To not be at the G7 would be an abdication of responsibility for any prime minister.' 09:04 Conservative losses are result of a 'perfect storm', says Dominic Raab Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has described the Conservative party losses in the by-elections being the result of a 'perfect storm'. Speaking on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, he said: 'My view is that the by-elections, both of them, were the result of the perfect storm of very difficult local scenarios, given the situations of the previously sitting Conservative MPs, plus the national headwinds, first of all, inevitably, for a mid-term government, but also, frankly, the distractions that we've had. 'I think the Prime Minister put it well: we need to listen very carefully, we need to take that feedback. 'I think (with) Tiverton, the most striking thing is how many of our supporters didn't come out. We need to spend the next two years absolutely relentlessly focused on delivering our plan, without those distractions and with a real calm focus on delivering.' 08:37 Conservatives need 'moment of reflection', says Priti Patel Priti Patel said it is 'important and right' the Conservatives have a 'moment of reflection' following the by-election results. The Home Secretary told LBC: 'It's right that we listen to the voters from both of those constituencies, it's right that we carry on with our service to them, but also recognise the issues that they themselves are raising and have raised on the doorstep, I went to both by-elections too, and we get on with the job.' Asked if she thought there would be more resignations, after Oliver Dowden stood down as Tory Party chairman, she said: 'I don't, because, as I've said, you know, to govern is hard, and to govern we make choices and decisions, and we are working night and day, I can give you that assurance... focusing on these big issues.' 08:37 What next for Boris Johnson after double by-election blow? Boris Johnson's authority has suffered a double blow as the Tories suffered humiliating defeats in two parliamentary by-elections. Here is a Q&A from the PA news agency: - What happened? The contests in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and Tiverton and Honiton, Devon were triggered by Conservative MPs resigning in disgrace. Wakefield's Imran Ahmad Khan quit as an MP after being convicted of sexual assault, a crime for which he received an 18-month jail term. Neil Parish quit his seat after being caught watching pornography in the House of Commons. He initially claimed to have been looking for a website about tractors. - So what were the results? Wakefield was won by the Tories in 2019 with a majority of 3,358 after being a Labour seat since the 1930s - albeit one that had become fairly marginal - so Simon Lightwood's 4,925 vote victory is not a seismic shock. But Tiverton and Honiton had been won with a majority of more than 24,000 - Mr Parish had more than 60% of the vote - so the victory for the Liberal Democrats' Richard Foord does represent a political earthquake. He took the seat with a majority of 6,144. - What does it mean for Boris Johnson? The double by-election defeat came less than three weeks after 41% of his own MPs voted to get rid of him as Tory leader and, ultimately, Prime Minister in the wake of concerns over the partygate row and economic policies. Although he survived the confidence vote - 211 Tory MPs backed him, with 148 saying they had lost faith - his leadership was damaged. For many Tory MPs, Mr Johnson's key appeal is his ability to win elections by bringing in voters who may never have backed the Conservatives before. The loss of two very different constituencies - one in the Red Wall, one in a rural Conservative heartland - will cause some of his MPs to wonder if the Johnsonian electoral magic has worn off. The Lib Dems gleefully pointed out that the 24,239 Conservative majority in Tiverton and Honiton was bigger than the combined majorities of the 26 most marginal Conservative seats at the last election. - What about the winners? For Sir Keir Starmer, the Wakefield win is a boost after a difficult few weeks for his leadership amid anonymous shadow cabinet complaints about him being 'boring', the lingering threat of Durham Police's investigation into the beer and curry he consumed on the campaign trail during lockdown and Labour divisions over supporting striking rail workers. Labour needs to win back seats in northern England if it is to have any chance of victory in the next general election, so the Wakefield success will provide some encouragement - although there remains a long way to go. For the Liberal Democrats, Mr Foord's success completes a hat-trick of stunning by-election victories following wins in Chesham and Amersham and North Shropshire. Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has set his sights on knocking more bricks out of the 'Blue Wall' of Tory seats in southern England where his party is now the main challenger. - So, what next? Boris Johnson is out of the country at international summits in Rwanda, Germany and Spain over the coming days. This will severely restrict his ability to reassure wavering Tory MPs who may have renewed doubts about his leadership - and to snuff out any new plots against him that emerge. But he will seek to play down the impact of the by-elections, pointing out that governing parties are often hit by protest votes. 08:36 Sir Keir Starmer described Wakefield victory as 'historic by-election' Sir Keir Starmer said the win in Wakefield was a 'huge result for the Labour Party'. He told reporters in Ossett: 'This puts us now absolutely on track for a Labour government, which is absolutely coming.' Saying that 12.69 per cent was a 'significant' swing towards Labour, Sir Keir said: 'That tells you that the next government is going to be a Labour government, and the sooner the better - because the country voted yesterday in both by-elections, no confidence in this out-of-touch, out-of-ideas Government. 'This is a historic by-election as far as we're concerned.' 08:35 Tobias Ellwood praises 'honourable' resignation by Oliver Dowden Senior Tory MP Tobias Ellwood said Oliver Dowden's resignation was 'honourable'. Sharing a copy of Mr Dowden's letter of resignation to the Prime Minister, he tweeted simply: 'Honourable.' 08:35 Sir Keir Starmer meets Labour campaigners after by-election victory Sir Keir Starmer met Labour campaigners at Ossett Market this morning, alongside newly-elected Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood. The Labour leader told supporters: 'What a judgment this is on the Tories and Boris Johnson - out of touch, out of ideas, and if they had any decency they would get out the way for the sake of the country. 'When we do form that next Labour government, and we're going to do it, Wakefield will go down as the birthplace of that.' Sir Keir Starmer greets Labour campaigners at Ossett Market in West Yorkshire this morning 08:34 By-election defeats to be discussed at Conservative AGM Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has said he will discuss the by-election defeats at a Conservative AGM (Annual General Meeting) this evening and expects to make 'difficult decisions'. The treasurer of the 1922 committee said the Conservatives will then have 'some difficult decisions to make, no doubt' on how to move forward. The MP for The Cotswolds told the BBC's Today programme that MPs would in the coming days decide whether steps should be taken to oust Boris Johnson. Speaking on a phone line, Mr Clifton-Brown said: 'I'm not going to come on out this morning and speculate on behalf of my colleagues as to whether we should or shouldn't change the rules. Clearly what's going to happen over the next few days is the Prime Minister is going to set out to both his Cabinet and with us as Members of Parliament.' The line then broke off momentarily before he added: 'We will then in the parliamentary party have to make a judgment as to whether we think that is a satisfactory explanation or whether we should actually take steps to have a new Prime Minister.' The Tory grandee, who voted against Mr Johnson in the confidence vote over his leadership, added: 'I've got an AGM tonight, I will consider what my members say, I will then discuss this matter with my colleagues, we will hear what the Prime Minister says and then we will have to make some difficult decisions, no doubt.' 08:29 Rory Stewart: It 'feels like the beginning of the end' for Boris Johnson Former Conservative MP and minister Rory Stewart said Oliver Dowden's resignation 'feels like the beginning of the end' for Boris Johnson. Sharing a copy of Mr Dowden's resignation letter, he tweeted: 'A devastating resignation for Boris Johnson because it comes from one of his earliest and most passionate supporters, who backed many of his cultural fights, and risked his reputation defending him for years. This feels like the beginning of the end.' 08:22 Boris Johnson 'completely' understands Oliver Dowden's disappointment Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Oliver Dowden he 'completely' understands his disappointment with the by-election results. Writing to Mr Dowden following his resignation as Tory Party chairman, Mr Johnson said: 'Thank you for your letter and I am sad to see you leave Government. As Minister for the Cabinet Office, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party, it has been a pleasure to work alongside you for the last three years. In each of those roles you have given your best and focused on delivering for the British people. 'Whilst I completely understand your disappointment with the by-election results, this Government was elected with a historic mandate just over two years ago to unite and level up. I look forward to continuing to work together on that.' 08:18 Home Secretary Priti Patel says the Government is 'cracking on' Home Secretary Priti Patel said the Prime Minister told her the Government is 'cracking on with task' after the double by-election defeats. Asked what Boris Johnson said to her following the results, she told LBC: 'The fact of the matter is that we're cracking on with the task.' Pressed on what the PM said, she said: 'Yes, exactly that, absolutely, that we are carrying on, working to grow our economy and address the cost of living... and providing the leadership that we need in challenging times. We do that collectively, we really do as one Government working together.' 08:17 Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown says it would be 'difficult to hold' his seat Tory grandee Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said there is 'no doubt' it would be 'difficult to hold' his Conservative seat if there were a by-election in his constituency now. Speaking to BBC R4's Today programme, the MP for the Cotswolds and treasurer of the 1922 committee said: 'I think factually if I were to run under a bus today it would be difficult to hold my seat, there's no doubt about that. 'I feel very sorry for all our volunteers and indeed my colleagues, and indeed myself, who work very hard in these by-elections, but were simply defeated by the situation that we find ourselves in at the moment.' 08:16 Sir Keir Starmer says Conservatives are 'out of ideas' Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said his party’s by-election victory in Wakefield shows the Conservatives are 'out of touch, out of ideas and if they had any decency they would get out of the way for the sake of the country'. Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer speaks to reporters in the Ossett area of Wakefield this morning 08:14 Boris Johnson vows to 'keep going' despite Tory wipeout in by-elections Boris Johnson vowed to 'keep going' today despite Tory chair Oliver Dowden dramatically quitting after the party suffered a double by-election pummelling. The Prime Minister said he would 'listen' after seismic results in Tiverton and Wakefield, but tried to play down the huge blows as a difficult 'patch' for the government. Read more from MailOnline's political team here: Tory chair Oliver Dowden QUITS after wipeout in TWO by-elections 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. Mail Online 08:09 Boris Johnson points to Tories winning Hartlepool from Labour Boris Johnson tried to defend his record by highlighting how the Tories won Hartlepool from Labour in May 2021. Speaking to Channel 4 News, the Prime Minister said: 'Without in any way wishing to minimise the lesson from by-elections - it was only a little over a year ago we won a Labour seat.' 08:08 Boris Johnson has 'trashed' the reputation of the Conservative Party Veteran Tory MP Sir Roger Gale said Boris Johnson had 'trashed' the reputation of the Conservative Party. He said the PM was choosing to 'hang onto the door handle at No 10' but 'it can't go on forever and it certainly won't go on until the next general election'. Asked if he saw Oliver Dowden's resignation as a trigger for more expressions of discontent from the Cabinet, he told BBC Breakfast: 'It is possible that that may happen but it is up to my colleagues in the Cabinet to decide whether they can go on supporting a Prime Minister who, frankly, has trashed the reputation of the Conservative Party, my party, for honesty, for decency, for integrity and for compassion.' Sir Roger said the Tories were 'spoilt for choice' for new leaders. Asked who he would like to see in Mr Johnson's place, he said: 'I'm not playing that game. The media has said over and over again the problem is there isn't an obvious alternative. The problem is, actually, we're spoilt for choice. There are several people who would make very good prime ministers within the party and one of those will emerge between now and the next general election and lead us into the next general election, which I trust we shall win.' 08:06 Photographs from the Wakefield by-election won by Labour In Wakefield, Simon Lightwood was elected with a majority of 4,925 on a swing of 12.7 per cent from the Tories to Labour. Here are some photos from the night: Labour candidate Simon Lightwood celebrates winning the Wakefield by-election this morning Labour candidate Simon Lightwood (centre) celebrates winning the Wakefield by-election alongside Liberal Democrats candidate Jamie Needle (left) and Yorkshire Party candidate David Herdson (right) Candidates during the deceleration at the Wakefield by-election count at Thornes Park Stadium in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, today Labour candidate Simon Lightwood celebrates winning the Wakefield by-election today Party officials observe the count at Thornes Park Stadium in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, overnight Votes are emptied from ballot boxes onto the tables at Thornes Park Stadium in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, overnight 08:03 Photographs from Tiverton and Honiton by-election A dramatic swing of almost 30 per cent from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord secure a majority of 6,144 in Tiverton and Honiton. Here are some photographs from the night showing what happened at the count: The Liberal Democrats' by-election candidate Richard Foord (right) and the Conservative by-election candidate Helen Hurford (left) at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, in Crediton, Devon, for the result of the Tiverton and Honiton by-election overnight The Liberal Democrats' by-election candidate Richard Foord is interviewed by the media as he arrives with his wife Kate at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, in Crediton, Devon, for the result of the Tiverton and Honiton by-election today The Liberal Democrats' by-election candidate Richard Foord and his wife Kate are greeted by supporters as they arrive at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, in Crediton, Devon, for the result of the Tiverton and Honiton by-election today The Liberal Democrats' by-election candidate Richard Foord (right) shakes hands with the Conservative by-election candidate Helen Hurford (left) at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, in Crediton, Devon, today The Liberal Democrats' by-election candidate Richard Foord and his wife Kate are greeted by supporters as they arrive at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, in Crediton, Devon, for the result of the Tiverton and Honiton by-election today Votes are counted at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, in Crediton, Devon, for the Tiverton and Honiton by-election overnight Votes are counted at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, in Crediton, Devon, for the Tiverton and Honiton by-election overnight Ballot boxes arrive at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, in Crediton, Devon, as counting begins in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election last night 07:57 New Wakefield MP says 'next Labour government has been born' New Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood has said 'the next Labour government has been born in this room tonight'. In his speech after being declared the winner of the West Yorkshire by-election, he said: 'Tonight, the people of Wakefield have spoken on behalf of the British people. They have said unreservedly: 'Boris Johnson, your contempt for this country is no longer tolerated'. 'It's not acceptable that a quarter of our children in Wakefield live in poverty, it's not acceptable that hundreds of people leave A&E every month without being treated because of record NHS waiting times, and it's not acceptable that convictions for crimes like robbery have fallen by almost half in the past five years. 'People in Wakefield and across the country are sick of the deceit and dishonesty of this Government.' 07:56 Sir Ed Davey is challenged over majority claims Sir Ed Davey was challenged on Sky News over his claim the Liberal Democrats' victory in Tiverton and Honiton had beaten the biggest-ever majority to be overturned in a by-election. Presenter Kay Burley told him the party had won over the biggest-ever Conservative majority in a constituency, but said bigger Labour majorities in Glasgow, Hamilton and Ashfield had been defeated throughout by-election history. 'Just to clarify, you said it was the largest by-election overturn result of a majority in living history, that's not right is it?' she said. Sir Ed said: 'My figures are what I've just given you, Kay. It's a huge victory we can quibble about size if you like, but it's absolutely massive.' 07:56 Tories should remove 'deceitful, dishonest leader', says Labour MP Louise Haigh has said she hopes Tory MPs will now remove their 'deceitful, dishonest leader' following losses in Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield. The shadow transport secretary told BBC Breakfast: 'I very much hope that Tory MPs will now reflect and recognise that the British public are sick to death of this Government that wants to divide this country, that wants to play political games, rather than resolve the very many issues that this country is facing. 'We heard time and time again that people are worried about the cost of living, they're worried about the price of petrol, they're worried about not being able to afford their weekly shop. 'Instead of tackling those issues, the Government have turned in on themselves and are trying to score cheap political points with the Labour Party. I hope that Tory MPs reflect on that now and finally remove their deceitful, dishonest leader that, quite frankly, treats this country with nothing but contempt.' 07:55 Boris Johnson says he will 'reflect on where voters are' Boris Johnson sought to deflect from the by-election defeats being about his leadership. He told broadcasters in Rwanda: 'That may be your view. I think that what governments also have to recognise is that I don't want to minimise the importance of what voters are saying, but it is also true that in mid-term, government, post-war, lose by-elections. I think if you look back to last May the truly astonishing thing was we managed to win Hartlepool in very different circumstances. 'What we need to do now is reflect on where voters are, and what they are basically feeling is that we came through Covid well and we took a lot of the right decisions there. But we are facing pressures on the costs of living. We are seeing spikes in fuel prices, energy costs, food costs, that is hitting people. We have to recognise that there is more that we have got to do and we certainly will, we will keep going addressing the concerns of people until we get through this patch.' 07:54 Labour is now 'on the path to that general election victory' Louise Haigh has said the result in Wakefield has put Labour 'on the path to that general election victory'. The shadow transport secretary said the result was a 'massive rejection' of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the 'lack of agenda of his Tory government'. She told BBC Breakfast: 'I think this clearly shows that we are building back those votes and helping regain the trust of those voters that we lost in 2019. But, clearly, we need to do much more than win the voters that we lost then. I think Wakefield demonstrates that we are winning back, and winning for the first time, people who've voted Tory for a very long time. 'For the first time that we've been in opposition, we have a leader that people in places like Wakefield can look to and think 'that's the kind of person I want to lead this country, that I can trust him as prime minister, I can trust him running the economy'. As I say, I think Wakefield puts us firmly on the path to winning the next general election.' 07:53 Tiverton and Honiton result is 'catastrophic' for the Tories Tory peer Lord Barwell said the Tiverton and Honiton result was 'catastrophic' for the Tories. He told Sky News: 'It's one of the safest Conservative seats in the country. It's a strongly Leave-supporting constituency. 'So, for the Liberal Democrats to be winning there, and winning comfortably, it means that there's a whole swathe of seats across the south of the country that are vulnerable.' 07:52 What do the Liberal Democrats say about the by-elections? Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey told LBC: 'We've just had the biggest by-election victory here in Devon. No majority of this size has ever been overturned in a by-election, so I'm pretty chipper today. 'We are smiling here and the message from Tiverton and Honiton, the people here in Devon, is that Boris Johnson must go. I think they've spoken for the whole of the British people and it really is time he left.' He added that the country was 'in chaos' under Mr Johnson's leadership and the Conservatives appeared to have no plan. The Liberal Democrats had fronted a 'positive' campaign in the constituency with policies that had 'energised' people while the current Government falters, he said. 'I think it speaks on behalf of people - Boris Johnson really must be pushed out,' Sir Ed said. 07:30 What were the full results of the Wakefield by-election? Labour gain from Conservative. Simon Lightwood (Lab) 13,166 (47.94%, +8.13%) Nadeem Ahmed (C) 8,241 (30.00%, -17.26%) Akef Akbar (Ind) 2,090 (7.61%, +6.60%) David Herdson (Yorkshire) 1,182 (4.30%, +2.38%) Ashley Routh (Green) 587 (2.14%) Chris Walsh (Reform) 513 (1.87%) Jamie Needle (LD) 508 (1.85%, -2.09%) Ashlea Simon (Britain 1st) 311 (1.13%) Mick Dodgson (FA) 187 (0.68%) Sir Archibald Stanton Earl 'Eaton (Loony) 171 (0.62%) Paul Bickerdike (CPA) 144 (0.52%) Therese Hirst (Eng Dem) 135 (0.49%) Jordan Gaskell (UKIP) 124 (0.45%) Christopher Jones (NIP) 84 (0.31%) Jayda Fransen (Ind) 23 (0.08%) Lab maj 4,925 (17.93%) 12.69% swing C to Lab Electorate 69,601; Turnout 27,466 (39.46%, -24.69%) 2019: C maj 3,358 (7.46%) - Turnout 45,027 (64.15%) Ahmad-Khan (C) 21,283 (47.27%); Creagh (Lab) 17,925 (39.81%); Wiltshire (Brexit) 2,725 (6.05%); Needle (LD) 1,772 (3.94%); Kett (Yorkshire) 868 (1.93%); Whyte (Ind) 454 (1.01%) 07:29 What were the full results of the Tiverton and Honiton by-election? Liberal Democrat gain from Conservatives. Richard Foord (LD) 22,537 (52.91%, +38.14%) Helen Hurford (C) 16,393 (38.49%, -21.72%) Liz Pole (Lab) 1,562 (3.67%, -15.88%) Gill Westcott (Green) 1,064 (2.50%, -1.34%) Andy Foan (Reform) 481 (1.13%) Ben Walker (UKIP) 241 (0.57%, -1.06%) Jordan Donoghue-Morgan (Heritage) 167 (0.39%) Frankie Rufolo (FB) 146 (0.34%) LD maj 6,144 (14.43%) 29.93% swing C to LD Electorate 81,661; Turnout 42,591 (52.16%, -19.71%) 2019: C maj 24,239 (40.66%) - Turnout 59,613 (71.86%) Parish (C) 35,893 (60.21%); Pole (Lab) 11,654 (19.55%); Timperley (LD) 8,807 (14.77%); Reed (Green) 2,291 (3.84%); Dennis (UKIP) 968 (1.62%) 07:28 Conservatives are 'sleepwalking to a defeat at the next election' Tory peer Lord Barwell, who was Theresa May's chief of staff in No 10, said if the Conservative Party carries on as it is, it is 'sleepwalking to a defeat at the next election'. He told Sky News he was 'very pleased' someone senior in the party seemed to have 'finally' recognised this and done something about it, as Oliver Dowden resigned as Tory chairman. He said Boris Johnson's authority is 'very significantly diminished' and 'draining away'. Lord Barwell said Cabinet ministers have got to ask themselves what it does to their own reputations if they continue to stand by him. 'The evidence is mounting up that he has lost the support of the public that he once had, that it looks extraordinarily unlikely that he's going to be able to win that back,' he said. 'So, if they allow him to carry on, then they're going to allow him to lead the Conservative Party to a significant defeat at the next election.' 07:28 What is Labour saying about Oliver Dowden's resignation? The shadow transport secretary has said it is 'right' that Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden has resigned, but said she hoped Prime Minister Boris Johnson would 'take his fair share of responsibility'. Louise Haigh told BBC Breakfast: 'I think it's right, but I think, once again, everybody else seems to have to take responsibility and resign other than the main man, and I would have hoped that Boris Johnson would take his fair share of responsibility of this devastating blow of these two by-election losses. 'But, knowing the measure of the man as I do, I very much doubt he will.' 07:27 What has Boris Johnson said about Oliver Dowden resigning? Boris Johnson has thanked Oliver Dowden after he resigned as Tory party co-chairman. Speaking to broadcasters in Kigali, the Prime Minister: 'It's absolutely true we've had some tough by-election results, they've been, I think, a reflection of a lot of things, but we've got to recognise voters are going through a tough time at the moment. 'I think, as a Government, I've got to listen to what people are saying, in particular to the difficulties people are facing over the cost of living, which, I think, for most people is the number one issue. 'We're now facing pressures on the cost of living, we're seeing spikes in fuel prices, energy costs, food costs - that's hitting people. 'We've got to recognise there is more we've got to do and we certainly will, we will keep going, addressing the concerns of people until we get through this patch.' 07:26 Why has Oliver Dowden resigned as Conservative Party chairman? Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after it suffered two by-election defeats. Mr Dowden, who was due to appear on the morning media round for the Government today, said in his letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the by-elections 'are the latest in a run of very poor results for our party'. 'Our supporters are distressed and disappointed by recent events, and I share their feelings. 'We cannot carry on with business as usual. Somebody must take responsibility and I have concluded that, in these circumstances, it would not be right for me to remain in office.' The MP ended his letter by saying: 'I want to emphasise that this is a deeply personal decision that I have taken alone. I will, as always, remain loyal to the Conservative Party.' 07:25 What happened in the Wakefield by-election? Labour needed a much swing of just 3.8 percentage points to take Wakefield from the Conservatives. They won the seat on a swing of 12.7 points - coincidentally, exactly the same size swing Labour achieved the last time it won a seat from the Tories at a by-election, in Corby in 2012. A swing of this size is the sort needed by Labour at the next general election to be in with a chance of an overall majority of seats in the House of Commons. It is also the size of swing that would, were it repeated uniformly at the general election on the current parliamentary boundaries, spell defeat for the likes of former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith (in Chingford & Woodford Green), Environment Secretary George Eustice (Camborne & Redruth), Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield) and the Prime Minister himself, Boris Johnson (Uxbridge & South Ruislip). 07:24 What happened in the Tiverton & Honiton by-election? A dramatic swing of almost 30 per cent from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord secure a majority of 6,144 in Tiverton and Honiton. The Liberal Democrats had needed a swing of at least 22.8 percentage points to win Tiverton & Honiton - in other words, 23 in every 100 people in the constituency who voted Conservative at the 2019 general election needed to switch directly to the Lib Dems. In the event they managed a swing of 29.9 points: large enough to rank as the sixth biggest swing against a government since 1945 in a by-election that saw a change in both party and MP. The biggest swing of this kind took place in July 1993 at the Christchurch by-election, which was won by the Lib Dems on a 35.4 point swing from the Conservatives. Close behind is the 34.1 point swing the Lib Dems achieved against the Tories in the North Shropshire by-election in December last year. All of these top six swings have been achieved either by the Liberal Democrats or its predecessor, the Liberal Party. Were the swing at Tiverton & Honiton repeated uniformly at the next general election, based on the current parliamentary boundaries the outcome would see many Conservatives lose their seats, including Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab (in Esher & Walton), former health secretary Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey) and former prime minister Theresa May (Maidenhead). 07:23 How do the by-election results compare to previous defeats? The Conservatives' defeat at the polls in Tiverton & Honiton and Wakefield is the first time in more than 30 years that a government has lost two by-elections on the same day. The previous occasion was on November 7 1991, when the Conservative government of John Major lost the seat of Langbaurgh in Cleveland to Labour and also Kincardine & Deeside in east Scotland to the Liberal Democrats. A double by-election loss for a government is so rare in British politics that it has now happened only seven times since the Second World War. 07:22 What happened in the by-election and what’s happened since? Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after it suffered two by-election defeats, saying in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that 'someone must take responsibility'. In Tiverton and Honiton the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labour reclaimed Wakefield. The contests, triggered by the resignation of disgraced Tories, offered voters the chance to give their verdict on the Prime Minister just weeks after 41 pre cent of his own MPs cast their ballots against him. A dramatic swing of almost 30 per cent from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord secure a majority of 6,144 in Tiverton and Honiton. In Wakefield, Simon Lightwood was elected with a majority of 4,925 on a swing of 12.7 per cent from the Tories to Labour. 07:20 What has Boris Johnson said about the double by-election defeat? Boris Johnson has said he will 'listen' to voters but will 'keep going' after the Tories suffered a double by-election defeat. 06:46 Follow MailOnline for live updates and reaction to the by-election results Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog, as we bring you reaction to the news that Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after it suffered two by-election defeats. 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