Bypoll live defeat: Oliver Dowden tells PM ‘somebody must take responsibility’ as he leaves after double loss – Henry Club

The Tiverton and Honiton election result can be described as the worst by-election result in modern times for the party, losing in terms of the overall size of the majority (24,239). But election scientists prefer to judge election results by swing (the extent to which voters moved from one party to another). On this measure, Tiverton and Honiton aren’t the worst for the Tories since World War II, but it’s still terrifying. ian jones There are PA media figures.

Wakefield by-election results declared

And here are the full Wakefield bypoll results.

Simon Lightwood (Lab) 13,166 (47.94%, +8.13%)
Nadeem Ahmed (C) 8,241 (30.00%, -17.26%)
Akaf Akbar (India) 2,090 (7.61%, + 6.60%)
David Hurdson (Yorkshire) 1,182 (4.30%, +2.38%)
Ashley Roth (green) 587 (2.14%)
Chris Walsh (Improved) 513 (1.87%)
Jamie Sui (LD) 508 (1.85%, -2.09%)
Ashley Simon (UK first) 311 (1.13%)
Mick Dodson (FA) 187 (0.68%)
Sir Archibald Stanton Earl ‘Eaton (Looney) 171 (0.62%)
Paul Bickerdike (CPA) 144 (0.52%)
Therese Hurst (England Dame) 135 (0.49%)
Jordan Gaskell (UKIP) 124 (0.45%)
Christopher Jones (NIP) 84 (0.31%)
Jayda Fransen (Ind) 23 (0.08%)

Lab May 4,925 (17.93%)

12.69% Swing C to Lab

Voters 69,601; Polling 27,466 (39.46%, -24.69%)

2019: C Major 3,358 (7.46%) – 45,027 (64.15%) Ahmed-Khan (C) 21,283 (47.27%); Craig (Lab) 17,925 (39.81%); Wiltshire (Brexit) 2,725 (6.05%); needles (LD) 1,772 (3.94%); Kate (Yorkshire) 868 (1.93%); White (India) 454 (1.01%)

Simon Lightwood, Wakefield’s new Labor MP. Photograph: Christopher Thomond / The Guardian

Tiverton and Honiton by-election results complete

Here are the full Tiverton and Honiton by-election results.

Richard Ford (LD) 22,537 (52.91%, +38.14%)
Helen Herford (C) 16,393 (38.49%, -21.72%)
Liz Poll (Lab) 1,562 (3.67%, -15.88%)
Gil Westcott (green) 1,064 (2.50%, -1.34%)
Andy Fawn (correction) 481 (1.13%)
Ben Walker (UKIP) 241 (0.57%, -1.06%)
Jordan Donoghue-Morgan (Legacy) 167 (0.39%)
Frankie Ruffolo (FB) 146 (0.34%)

LD May 6,144 (14.43%)

29.93% swing C to LD

Voters 81,661; Polling 42,591 (52.16%, -19.71%)

2019: Main 24,239 (40.66%) – Polling 59,613 (71.86%)
Parish (C) 35,893 (60.21%); Poll (Lab) 11,654 (19.55%); Timperly (LD) 8,807 (14.77%); reads (green) 2,291 (3.84%); Dennis (UKIP) 968 (1.62%)

Richard Ford, the new Lib Dem MP for Tiverton and Honiton. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Oliver Dowden resigns as Tory chair after suffering a historic by-election defeat to Tories, taking a jibe at Johnson’s conduct

Good Morning. The Conservatives have suffered two devastating by-election defeats (which was expected) and a senior Tory has resigned (which was not expected). But it is not the figure most responsible for the party’s plight. rather than, Oliver Dowden Resigned as co-president of the Conservative Party.

Labor was seen as a dead testament to winning Wakefield, the Labor seat since World War II until the 2019 election, but he won with a very healthy swing of around 13%. But the Tories also lost Tiverton and Honiton liberal DemocratsIn one sense, this is the worst by-election defeat in modern electoral history, as never before had such a huge majority been changed. The swing from Conservative to Lib Dems was about 30%.

here are my colleagues peter walkerStory about results.

And here is an excerpt from Dowden’s resignation letter to the Prime Minister.

Tomorrow’s parliamentary by-elections are the latest in an era of extremely poor results for our party. Our supporters are distressed and disappointed by the recent events, and I share their sentiments.

We cannot do business as usual. Someone must take responsibility and I have concluded that, under these circumstances, it would not be right for me to continue in the post.

The reference to feeling “upset and disheartened” by the recent events is like an attack on Boris Johnson’s conduct at PartyGate, and there is nothing in the letter expressing support for the PM.

But Dowden’s resignation may be convenient for Johnson, given the way many organizations respond to the disaster by following the age-old principle of “rolling the junior chiefs.” So far he has remained loyal to Johnson; Is he willingly playing the role of the scapegoat?

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