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Prime Minister Boris Johnson attended a Commonwealth summit in Rwanda
Political betting tips, latest prices and analysis following the Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton by-elections
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is 6-4 to leave before the end of the year after the Tories suffered two by-election defeats on Thursday.
Johnson has vowed to keep fighting despite Wakefield returning to work and the Liberal Democrats overthrowing a Tory majority of more than 24,000 in the Devon constituency of Tiverton & Honiton.
The pressure on the prime minister, who is in Rwanda to attend a Commonwealth leaders’ conference, intensified further when party co-chairman Oliver Dowden resigned in the early hours of Friday morning and said: “someone ‘one must take the blame’.
Former party leader Michael Howard said Johnson should quit after the defeats.
The loss of seats will have little effect on the government’s ability to do its business, as the Conservatives still enjoy a healthy majority of 77 in the House of Commons.
And while Tory backbenchers will worry about their chances in the next general election, which must be held before January 11, 2025, a stumbling block is that it’s less than three weeks since Johnson, who is 1-2 with Coral and Ladbrokes failing to lead in the next election, survived a vote of confidence.
Under the rules of the influential 1922 Conservative committee, Johnson cannot face another confidence vote for 12 months, so his future could still be in his hands.
But the bookies believe it will be difficult for the Tories to maintain their majority in the next election, with bet365 going 13-5 that they will win enough seats.
Labor is 7-2 overall to form a majority government while a hung parliament is 8-11 with Coral, Ladbrokes and Hills.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 3:41 PM, JUNE 24, 2022