‘A shadow of his former self!’ Boris losing voters trust despite by-election triumph

Oliver Dowden rejects claims Tories losing power by-election

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Of the 1968 Express.co.uk readers polled, 53 percent of them thought that Boris Johnson is losing voters’ trust. 42 percent answered “No” to the question, “Is Boris Johnson losing voters’ trust”, while 4 percent said they were “not sure”.  Express.co.uk readers also questioned the Prime Minister’s leadership, with one calling him “a shadow of his former self”.

Hochimin wrote: “He is a shadow of his former self. It shows and ordinary Tory voters see it!”

Another user, Boundrygate, agreed, adding: “Well his incompetence has lost him and the Tories my vote.

“Roll on the next election. Hopefully someone with guts and integrity will stand.”

This comes in the wake of the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election, which saw Labour make significant gains in the former Tory stronghold.

While the Conservatives held their majority, it was fall from 19,000 votes at the last general election to 4,478, with a 10.3 percent swing to Labour.

However, despite the promising result for Labour, Express.co.uk readers do not believe that the Prime Minister is losing control of the Tory party.

Of the 1974 responses, 50 percent of people voted No to the question, “Is Boris Johnson losing control of the Tory party?”

Just 45 percent said “yes”, while 6 percent said: “I’m not sure”.

Many Express.co.uk readers echoed this, questioning whether the by-election outcome should really be seen as a positive result for Labour.

Speaking about Labour’s share of the vote, polly53 said: “Just over 6000 votes cannot be classed a surge by anyone, they came second & the tories got nearly double the amount of votes of Labour.

“The reform Party led by Tim Rice’s came third with 1,500 votes. Only a turnout of 38 percent & labour still couldn’t win.”

A second reader added: “What does a surge look like because I can’t see one.”

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Questions over Mr Johnson’s leadership have grown in recent weeks, as the government has been rocked by a number of scandals.

The Tory Government is currently facing a media storm over allegations that the Prime Minister held a Christmas Party in Downing Street last year, while much of the country was in lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not denied the events took place but he did insist that no Covid rules were broken.

At Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, Mr Starmer accused Johnson of “taking the British public for fools for following the rules”, adding: “The prime minister doesn’t deny there was a Downing Street Christmas party last year.”

Before that, the government faced allegations of “sleaze” after the attempt to overturn a recommendation of suspension, for former MP Owen Patterson.

Before that, the government faced allegations of “sleaze” after the attempt to overturn a recommendation of suspension, for former MP Owen Patterson.

Bexley is a traditionally strong area for the Conservatives, and the party has held the safe seat since its creation in 1983.

The by-election was held after the previous MP, James Brokenshire, passed away from cancer

Mr Brokenshire – who had held the seat since 2010 – won 64.5 percent of vote in the 2019 general election.

The Labour candidate won just 23.5 percent.

This year, Conservative party candidate Louie French won 51.5 percent of votes, while Labour candidate Daniel Francis won 30.9 percent.

This is the highest percentage of the vote won by Labour in the constituency since 2001.

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