Once hailed as a Heineken politician, Tory MPs will be asking if Boris Johnson is now a busted flush

6/24/2022 8:18:00 PM

Once hailed as a Heineken politician, Tory MPs will be asking if Boris Johnson is now a busted flush

Once hailed as a Heineken politician, Tory MPs will be asking if Boris Johnson is now a busted flush

Anti-Johnson MPs - having blown their chance to oust him in a confidence vote - are now agitating for cabinet colleagues to wield the knife, but one MP says 'they don't have the nerve'.

Their 24,000 majority, in what should have been an ultra safe seat,For context of just how safe his seat was meant to be, if the Conservatives lost every seat they hold with a smaller majority than Tiverton at a general election, the party would be reduced to having just 72 MPs.

They will be asking themselves if Mr Johnson, once hailed as a Heineken politician who could reach parts of the country that other Tories could not, is now a busted flush., but it looks more serious than that - and his party fear it.You'd have to go back to the 1992-1997 John Major years to find anything comparable - and he went onto lose the subsequent election.

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Boris is doomed but his demise will be embodiment of Dylan Thomas's famous words: He won't fade off into night He'll rage 'gainst the dying of the light He'll grip Downing tightly He will not go quietly His end will be quite a sight.

Boris Johnson Says He's Not Worried About Tory MPs Plotting To Oust Him While He's AbroadPrime minister says he expects people will 'continue to beat me up' following by-election losses. Boris is going but his demise will be Thomas-esque. He won't fade off into night He'll rage 'gainst the dying of the light He'll grip Downing tightly He will not go quietly His end will be quite a sight.

Boris Johnson Says He's Not Worried About Tory MPs Plotting To Oust Him While He's AbroadPrime minister says he expects people will 'continue to beat me up' following by-election losses. Boris is going but his demise will be Thomas-esque. He won't fade off into night He'll rage 'gainst the dying of the light He'll grip Downing tightly He will not go quietly His end will be quite a sight.

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Tories lose two seats in by-election blows to Boris JohnsonLabour retakes Wakefield and the once-safe seat of Tiverton and Honiton goes to the Lib Dems. Next election his party will loose too Those SunlitUplands moments didn't last long ... byelection2022 ByeElection2022 Seems voters want more than them saying they are not as bad as Harold Shipman!

Boris Johnson's by-election losses will seep like poison slowly into the Tory bloodstreamStatistics are impossible to ignore. Wakefield is Labour's first by-election victory since 2012. The Lib Dems' win in Tiverton and Honiton - an almost 30% swing away from the Tories - is the largest percentage loss for the Tories at any by-election, and one of the largest since the war. GNev2 Faster please Talk about BOJO fiddling while the UK burns Here’s hoping it reaches their already black heart.

Boris Johnson Suffers Double By-Election Nightmare As Tories Lose Two Seats In Five MinutesThe Conservatives were defeated by Labour in Wakefield and the Lib Dems in Tiverton and Honiton

Conservatives But this is not just a (continued) crisis of leadership for the prime minister, it is potentially a wider crisis for the Conservative Party.Boris Johnson Not Worried About Tory MPs Plotting To Oust Him While He's Abroad Prime minister says he expects people will"continue to beat me up" following by-election losses.Boris Johnson Not Worried About Tory MPs Plotting To Oust Him While He's Abroad Prime minister says he expects people will"continue to beat me up" following by-election losses.By Politics news editor, HuffPost UK 23/06/2022 10:43am BST.

Take the Tiverton election result. It was an earth-shaking result and a record-breaker, coming in as the largest percentage majority loss for the Tories in any by-election, and one of the biggest post-war by-election swings against them. Their 24,000 majority, in what should have been an ultra safe seat, was overturned in a 29.9% swing to the Lib Dems. For context of just how safe his seat was meant to be, if the Conservatives lost every seat they hold with a smaller majority than Tiverton at a general election, the party would be reduced to having just 72 MPs.

By-elections are of course very different beasts to general elections, but I make the point to illustrate why Mr Johnson's MPs will be feeling very anxious. They will be wondering if their seats are safe under his leadership, whether the"proven vote winner" is going to lead them into redundancy at the next election. They will be asking themselves if Mr Johnson, once hailed as a Heineken politician who could reach parts of the country that other Tories could not, is now a busted flush. Mr Johnson was keen in Kigali to put the losses down to midterm blues , but it looks more serious than that - and his party fear it. Election guru Professor John Curtice put the results into context, pointing out that the recent by-election results - losing four out of five contests - were the party's"worst run of by-election results since the Tories first returned to power in 2010".

He pointed out that on average in the last five contests, the party's share of the vote has fallen by over 20 percentage points. You'd have to go back to the 1992-1997 John Major years to find anything comparable - and he went onto lose the subsequent election. The entire party - cabinet ministers, MPs, members, staffers, volunteers - will be inevitability asking themselves whether Mr Johnson remains the right leader, whether these losses are a blip linked to economic circumstances or something more profound. Voters have shown they will vote tactically, in this instance, to give Mr Johnson a bloody nose. And that brings us to the inevitable question, again, about his continued leadership of the country and the Conservative Party as prime minister.

The Johnson camp in Kigali are clear - the PM is working all hours, getting on with the job, representing British interests on the world stage across different summits, and across a host of agendas. From pressing on trade and girls education with Commonwealth leaders, to discussing issues of food and energy security, and the ongoing war in Ukraine at the G7 and NATO. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 2:40 PM grits teeth at journalist question And for Mr Johnson personally, the matter was settled earlier this month when he won the confidence vote in his leadership. But 4,000 miles away from Rwanda, a cabinet minister, a former Conservative leader Lord Howard and his MPs are again questioning his suitability for the role. Lord Howard told the BBC's World at One:"The party and more importantly the country would be better off under new leadership.

Members of the cabinet should very carefully consider their positions." But this is the nub of it. There is no stand-out successor, and none of the would-be runners want to go first. Anti-Johnson MPs - having blown their chance to oust Mr Johnson in that confidence vote - are now agitating for cabinet colleagues to wield the knife. But so far, no one has followed Mr Dowden, while the PM has packed his top table with loyalists rather than taking his team from different wings of the party in order to better insulate himself against such threats.

One former cabinet minister told me on Thursday the cabinet weren't going to do much at all. "They don't have the nerve," said the MP."Had one walked at the confidence vote, they would have been run away favourite for leader now." Another told me:"The mood is bad, but I don't think it changes anything for now." Podcast .