Priti Patel tipped to replace Oliver Dowden as Tory chairman after by-election disaster

Priti Patel tipped to replace Oliver Dowden as Tory chairman after by-election disaster

In the rural Devon constituency of Tiverton and Honiton, the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labour reclaimed Wakefield. In a letter to Mr Johnson, Mr Dowden said he and Tory supporters were “distressed and disappointed by recent events”, telling Mr Johnson that “someone must take responsibility”. Mr Dowden, who was … Read more

Tory rebels plot next move to oust Boris Johnson

Tory rebels plot next move to oust Boris Johnson

He also promised to deliver new tax cuts, but gave no specifics of which taxes or when. There were fresh calls for Mr Johnson’s resignation on Thursday, with warnings from two former Tory leaders, Lord Howard and Lord Hague. Lord Hague said that the party faced electoral “disaster” and called on Cabinet ministers to consider … Read more

London politics latest: Nadhim Zahawi insists ‘our voters stayed home’ after disastrous by-election results

London politics latest: Nadhim Zahawi insists ‘our voters stayed home’ after disastrous by-election results

N adhim Zahawi has claimed Conservative voters staying at home after Tories suffered two defeats in the by-elections on Friday. After losing Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton, the Education Secretary said the party must now focus on giving voters a “reason to come back at the next election” and said the Government will be judged … Read more

Baroness Scotland of Asthal re-elected as Secretary General of the Commonwealth

Baroness Scotland of Asthal re-elected as Secretary General of the Commonwealth

Baroness Scotland of Asthal has been re-elected as Secretary General of the Commonwealth, in a blow for the Prime Minister who attempted to have her ousted by backing a rival candidate. The Labour peer, who currently holds the post, will now serve for another two years in office, following hours of crunch talks on Friday … Read more

1922 committee treasurer hints no-confidence rules could be changed in wake of by-election defeat

1922 committee treasurer hints no-confidence rules could be changed in wake of by-election defeat

Tory MPs are preparing to vote in the 1922 Committee elections, which are expected to be completed before Parliament’s summer recess, which begins on July 21. The election could see some of Mr Johnson’s opponents on the Conservative back benches elected to key roles, making rule changes more likely. The current chair of the Committee, Sir Graham … Read more