Uk News Why Oliver Dowden resigned as party chair after Wakefield and Tiverton by-election results United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Oliver Dowden has quit his position as co-chairman of the Conservative Party in protest at the Prime Minister's leadership

Uk News Why Oliver Dowden resigned as party chair after Wakefield and Tiverton by-election results United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Oliver Dowden has quit his position as co-chairman of the Conservative Party in protest at the Prime Minister's leadership

Uk News  Why Oliver Dowden resigned as party chair after Wakefield and Tiverton by-election results United Kingdom news
24 June 2022 - 09:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Boris Johnson is reeling from the impact of his party’s failure to retain two seats in major by-elections this week.And to make the blow even worse, senior Tory Oliver Dowden has quit his position as co-chairman of the Conservative Party in protest at the Prime Minister’s leadership.Here’s everything you need to know.Who is Oliver Dowden?Senior Conservative MP Oliver Dowden has been the MP for Hertsmere since 2015.He served as co-chairman of the Conservative Party, alongside Ben Elliot, and Minister without Portfolio until he dramatically quit on Friday.He studied law at Cambridge before joining the Conservative Research Department in 2004. After a brief stint in PR, he returned to the party in 2009 and was special adviser and deputy chief of staff to David Cameron.More from PoliticsWhen is the next general election? How long there is until a UK vote24 June, 2022Opinion | Ed Davey: Get rid of Boris Johnson or the Lib Dems will bring down this government24 June, 2022How an oblivious Boris Johnson was blindsided by Dowden's resignation after his morning swim24 June, 2022While MP, he has served as parliamentary secretary to the Cabinet Office under Theresa May, and was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General by incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 2019.From 2020 until a reshuffle in 2021, he was  Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, before being succeeded by Nadine Dorries.He was appointed co-chairman of the Conservative Party in September 2021.Why has he quit?Mr Dowden quit in the wake of the Conservatives terrible performance at two by-elections.Mr Dowden, who was due to appear on the morning media round for the Government on Friday, said in his letter to the PM the by-elections “are the latest in a run of very poor results for our party”.He wrote: “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.”Oliver Dowden quit his position after the Tories lost two by-elections (Photo: Daniel Leal/AFP/Getty)What has the reaction been?Mr Johnson told Mr 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.

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.”Priti Patel said Mr 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.” Senior Tory MP Tobias Ellwood said Mr Dowden’s resignation was “honourable”.Sharing a copy of Mr Dowden’s letter of resignation to the Prime Minister, he tweeted simply: “Honourable.”What were the results?Simon Lightwood was elected to the Wakefield seat with a majority of 4,925 on a swing of 12.7 per cent from the Tories to Labour.Sir Keir Starmer told supporters in Ossett: “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.”Saying that 12.69 per cent was a “significant” swing towards Labour, Sir Keir added: “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.”Wakefield had been a Labour seat continuously from 1932 until 2019, when it was won for the Conservatives by Imran Ahmad Khan as part of the Tories’ takeover of so-called “Red Wall” constituencies across the north of England.A by-election was triggered after Mr Khan resigned earlier this year following his conviction for sexually assaulting a child.In Tiverton and Honiton, the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win the seat.The dramatic swing of almost 30 per cent from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord secure a majority of 6,144.Mr Foord said: “The people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They sent a loud and clear message – it’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”He said that “every day Boris Johnson clings to office he brings further shame, chaos and neglect”.Additional reporting from Press Association.

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