Bad world news, Boris Johnson: The Conservative Party, led by the prime minister, suffered a brutal electoral defeat on Thursday, in a by-election in North Shropshire, a rural constituency in the West Midlands, which the Conservatives have controlled for nearly two centuries.
According to the official results, Helen Morganfilter for Liberal Democratic PartyHe won by nearly 6,000 votes against the conservative candidate. The side vote took place in a rural area in central England, but was considered key to the interests of the Conservatives.
Voters made it clear to Boris Johnson After announcing his victory, Morgan settled, “The party is over.” Referring to the scandal the prime minister was a part of, after violating sanitation rules at an event in Downing Street amid the pandemic quarantine.
Then he doubled his attack: And his government, which is run by lies and ostentation, will be held accountable.”
Indeed, this vote had practically the value of a referendum on the weak British prime minister, in the midst of an epidemic, due to numerous accusations of corruption but also of violating existing health regulations.
The “Daily Mirror” revealed the scandalous final episode: She held a Christmas party last year, in defiance of tightening restrictions that went into effect on the same day.
But in addition, the same contending constituency was the center of another scandal. It has been governed since 1997 Owen Patterson, the prime minister’s ‘Brexitarian’, was forced to resign from the House of Commons in November, after the Parliamentary Committee on Ethics approved him for engaging in actions inconsistent with his functions.
His case was untenable, but Boris Johnson still tried to twist the hand of elected Conservatives by forcing Parliament to suspend punishment against Patterson and, incidentally, trying to weaken the powers of the Ethics Committee.
Business is going poorly in the eyes of Britons, a healthy situation that forces new adjustments and closures, a context that has added disinterest among voters. The turnout in this constituency was actually only 46.3% (or 38,093 voters based on the final count). Far from the 62.9% reached during the December 2019 general election.
Last Tuesday, Boris Johnson was already challenged by nearly 100 Conservative MPs who voted against his “Plan B”, which aims to counter the ferocious spread of the Omicron variant in the country.
The humiliation suffered by the “Conservatives” in North Shropshire is accelerating the loss of the prime minister’s authority among their ranks and leading to an internal rivalry over the search for his replacement. It takes 54 letters of confidence from Tory MPs to start this race for leadership. is being Graham Brady, head of the 1922 Titanic Committee, an indoor party club, supposed to bring them together.
This morning’s tabloid Daily Telegraph, maintains doubts that Brady began to move some papers, just enough to stumble over the ailing Prime Minister..