Boris Johnson rejects calls to step down as Tories suffer heavy losses in local elections

Boris Johnson has rejected calls for him to step down after the Tories suffered heavy losses in local elections.

The party is set to lose around 300 seats in England as Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens all won at the expense of the Tories.

John Mallinson, the Tory leader of Carlisle City Council, has said Tory MPs should try to oust Boris Johnson after Labor took control of Cumberland’s new authority.

The Conservatives lost 14 council seats in the North West of England, while Labor gained 12 and took overall control.

Mallinson said: “I think it’s not just partygate, it’s the integrity issue. Basically, I just don’t feel like people are any more convinced that the Prime Minister can be relied on to tell the truth.

Asked if he thought Tory MPs should oust the Prime Minister, Mallinson replied: “That would be my preference, yes. »

Meanwhile Tory MP David Simmonds – whose Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner sit next to the Prime Minister – said the issue of Johnson’s personal conduct “must be addressed”.

Asked about those who blame him for the party’s poor performance, the Prime Minister said: ‘The big lesson to be learned from this is that it is a message from the voters that what they want us to do above all else – one, two and three – is to focus on the big issues that matter to them, move the country forward, make sure we fix the post-Covid aftershock, get us through the economic aftershocks the way we went through Covid, solve the energy supply problems, that’s where the inflationary peak comes, and let’s continue our program of highly paid and highly qualified jobs. »

The Tories are also bracing for a string of disappointing results in Scotland, where party figures are also blaming the Prime Minister’s personal unpopularity for their declining fortunes.

Early results indicate the Tories are set to lose many advisers and slip behind Labor in third place north of the border.

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