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Live by-election updates: Oliver Dowden quits as Conservative chairman as party loses two by-elections

Added 06-24-22 01:14:01am EST - “The by-election results in Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton are piling fresh pressure onto Boris Johnson, as voters turn from key Conservative seats.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Live by-election updates: Oliver Dowden quits as Conservative chairman as party loses two by-elections”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Oliver Dowden has stepped down as Conservative Party Chairman, after losing two seats overnight. 

The minister said he was resigning "with great sadness" but noted that Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton were "the latest in a run of very poor results for our party". 

He added: "Our supporters are distressed and disappointed by recent events, and I share their feelings. We cannot carry on with business as usual. Somebody must take responsibility and I have concluded that, in these circumstances, it would not be right for me to remain in office."

His decision has renewed suggestions there could be a reshuffle in the next month, but it also puts pressure back onto Boris Johnson, following his recent leadership threat. 

It is not clear whether Ben Elliot, the party co-chair who is not a minister, will also be resigning. 

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