London politics latest: Nadhim Zahawi insists ‘our voters stayed home’ after disastrous by-election results
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 on “what we deliver next”.
This comes after former Tory leader Lord Michael Howard said Boris Johnson should resign, as reported by the BBC.
The Corporation’s political editor Chris Mason tweeted: “Former Leader of the Conservative Party Lord Howard tells Jonny Dymond that Boris Johnson should resign. More on BBC Radio 4 at 1pm.”
Despite pressure mounting on the Prime Minister, Mr Johnson vowed to “keep going” despite the Tory party suffering two humiliating defeats in by-elections on Friday, leading to the resignation of party chairman Oliver Dowden.
In Tiverton and Honiton the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labor reclaimed Wakefield afetr losing it in 2019.
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Boris Johnson: ‘No justification’ for airline strikes
Speaking shortly before the end of his press conference, Boris Johnson also said he wants people “to get around the table” to solve a dispute over pay with the airlines.
It comes after BA staff voted to strike this summer.
Asked in Rwanda if strikes at the airports risk ruining people’s summer holidays, and if people should consider taking breaks in the UK if they cannot go abroad, he said there is no justification for the industrial action.
“Airlines, like the railways, got very substantial sums of public money in support during the pandemic.
“I don’t think there are justifications for these strikes. But what I want is for people to get around the table and sort it out.”
Boris Johnson faces further questions about future
Following the resignation of Oliver Dowden, Mr Johnson said he had carried out good work and thanked him.
Mr Johnson, however, says the way forward is to focus on change and improvement which it is delivering, not on personalities.
“I’ve got to be clear, it will take some time and there will be tough times ahead,” he says.
The Prime Minister then adds that he expects further “people will beat him up”.
He concludes the press conference by praising what he has seen so far at the summit and said Rwanda is a “remarkable country”.
Boris Johnson: Roe vs Wade decision a big step backwards
Asked by Politico following the Roe vs Wade decision, Mr Johnson said it was a “big steps backwards”.
On taxation, Mr Johnson said there will be cuts beginning from next month and that the Government is reducing council tax.
“It shows the direction we’re trying to go in,” Mr Johnson said. “The £1,200 we are giving families is very important.”
Boris Johnson: I don’t discuss questions with royals
Following his conversation with the Prince of Wales, Mr Johnson refused to comment on the content of their chat.
He added: “It was a good old chinwag. And we certainly covered a lot of ground.”
Commenting again on his position, Mr Johnson said ministers are busy “delivering on our agenda” at a time when support for the Prime Minister is being questioned.
The Prime Minister is asked again on losing the Tiverton and Honiton seat, to which Mr Johnson said he is focused on “fixing the issues” in the economy.
He then commits to having the best tax framework in the UK for businesses and the public.
Boris Johnson: We must make sure we continue to help people
The Prime Minister is then asked if he is still an electoral asset, to which he insists the Government has a plan and he wants to get on with it.
He is then asked if he considered resigning and if he is planning to call the army in over the strikes.
Mr Johnson said the airlines and railways received “substantial support” during the pandemic.
The Prime Minister insists that there is no justification for the strikes, adding: “This is a Government which is putting huge sums into our railways.”
Boris Johnson stands firm despite by-election defeats
During a press conference from Rwanda, the Prime Minister is aksed on his position back in the UK following the by-election losses.
He said that the results were “not brilliant” and that the Government must “listen and learn”.
He concludes that he “has a plan for the economy to get it back through to the other side”.
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By-election defeats ‘not an indictment of the PM’
The Tories’ by-election defeats are not an “indictment” of the Prime Minister, Conservative Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has said.
Asked about calls by former Conservative Party leader Michael Howard for Boris Johnson to resign, Mr Houchen told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme: “Obviously what he said should be listened to.”
He pointed to the “complicated” and multi-faceted reasons behind the results, saying he agreed with voters’ concerns about rising prices and that “the Government isn’t moving as quickly as I would like” on tackling the crisis.
“Ultimately the responsibility does lie with the Prime Minister for all of those reasons … cost of living, inflation all of those things … People will look at the Prime Minister for direction of travel and that’s what he needs to get a grip of,” Mr Houchen said.
He argued it would look “ridiculous” for the party to have a leadership contest in this context.