'Crazy': BoJo Rules Out Resignation if Tories Lose Twin By-Elections

© AFP 2022 / TOLGA AKMEN(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 24, 2019 Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures after giving a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London the day he was formally appointed British prime minister
(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 24, 2019 Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures after giving a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London the day he was formally appointed British prime minister - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.06.2022
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The Conservatives' chances of winning the by-elections that are taking place today in Wakefield and in Tiverton and Honiton have been estimated to be quite low, with Labour on course to gain ground.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled out resigning should the Tories lose two by-elections being held Thursday.
With the Conservatives struggling to hold both Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton, Johnson said that the idea of him taking responsibility for any possible loss was "crazy".
“Governing parties generally do not win by-elections, particularly not in midterm. You know, I’m very hopeful, but you know, there you go," he explained.
In West Yorkshire's Wakefield constituency, polls suggest that Labour will win the seat back. In Devon, however, the contest appears to be potentially closer, with the Liberal Democrats projected to overturn a Tory majority of over 24,000 in Tiverton and Honiton.
Both sitting Conservative MPs were forced to step down due to scandals. Former Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish admitted to watching pornography in the House of Commons, while former Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor.
Boris Johnson himself has been resisting calls to resign for several months as he was castigated by the British public over his role in parties that took place in Downing Street during coronavirus lockdown. The embattled prime minister narrowly survived a no-confidence vote, with 146 Conservative MPs voting to remove him and 211 backing him.
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