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Boris Johnson in precarious position after defeat in by-election


The end of the year has turned into a nightmare for the Tory leader, two years after his historic electoral victory on the promise to achieve Brexit. He now sees scandals piling up, inflation soaring and coronavirus contaminations racing in a spectacular fashion, disrupting the Christmas plans of the British.

On Thursday, a by-election in North Shropshire, a very rural constituency in central England long held by the Tories, was won by the Lib Dems with 47% of the vote.

Voters expressed clearly to Boris Johnson that the party is over, said winner Helen Morgan after the announcement of her victory. Your government, led by lies and swagger, will be held to account, she warned.

This snub for the 57-year-old leader reflects, by the conservatives’ own admission, popular exasperation.

Voters in North Shropshire were fed up. I think they wanted to send us a message and […] we heard it.

A quote from Oliver Dowden, Chairman of the Conservative Party, in an interview with SkyNews

For the conservative daily The Telegraph, the defeat of the Conservative Party in a riding it had held for nearly 200 years is a humiliation for the prime minister.

The calamitous collapse of support for the Conservatives […] will scare many Tory MPs and risk prompting questions about Johnson’s future, notes the left-wing daily The Guardian.

The hypothesis of a vote of no confidence against him within the party, which would lead to replacing him at the head of the executive, is no longer taboo, even if few elected officials have so far indicated that they support a such approach.

The names of Foreign Affairs Minister Liz Truss and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak are already circulating to replace him.

Because this electoral setback is added to a series of scandals.

Boris Johnson exits Downing Street from behind the building.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is leaving Downing Street through a back door, was quiet on Friday, in the aftermath of the defeat in North Shropshire, a constituency long held by the Tories.

Photo: Reuters / Toby Melville

Scandals, sling and crisis of confidence

The revelation of festive events in Downing Street in the winter of 2020, when Britons were under severe restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic, caused its popularity to drop.

Even the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said to himself disappointed, calling everyone to respect the rules.

The revelation by the newspapers was added on Thursday. The Guardian and The Independent of Boris Johnson’s appearance at a pot in Downing Street on May 15, 2020, despite health restrictions.

Oliver Dowden said on Friday that it was a meeting held in a garden, to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission. I think it was perfectly appropriate and reasonable, he said.

These cases are turning out to be the worst for Mr Johnson, as the UK faces, on his terms, a tsunami contamination due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in a country which deplores nearly 147,000 deaths.

His credibility weakened, he struggled on Tuesday in Parliament to get new restrictions against COVID-19 accepted: 99 deputies from his camp voted against the establishment of a health passport for major events, deemed to be liberticidal, a measure finally adopted thanks to to the votes of the Labor opposition.

Party-wide, only former Prime Minister Theresa May had seen worse since World War II.

For the Daily Mail, Boris Johnson lives a nightmare before christmas and defeat reveals the high level of public anger against the prime minister.

Tory MP Roger Gale felt Boris Johnson should to prove that he is able to lead the country if he wants to keep his post.

The Conservative Party has a reputation for taking no prisoners. If the prime minister fails, the prime minister leaves, he told the BBC on Friday. And to recall that Boris Johnson himself came to power after Theresa May was driven out by her camp.

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