Boris flustered as he’s attacked over vote disaster in car crash interview ‘You’re right’

Boris Johnson ‘kicking himself’ over by-election says Walden

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Boris Johnson said “I do take responsibility” after being challenged over the Conservatives’ disastrous performance in the North Shropshire by-election. Despite contesting the vote with a 23,000-vote majority, the Tories managed to lose to the Liberal Democrats, who topped the voting list ahead of Labour as well. Mr Johnson told Sky News: “Clearly the vote in North Shropshire is a very disappointing result.

“I totally understand people’s frustrations. I hear what the voters are saying in North Shropshire. In all humility, I have got to accept that verdict.

“I understand that what voters want us as the Government to be doing at all times is to focus on them and their priorities.”

In a disastrous interview with correspondent Sam Coates, Mr Johnson added: “Of course I take personal responsibility.”

Mr Coates then asked: “Tory MPs are saying publicly that conversations have begun about your future, whether you should stay in that job. 

“If it was in the interests of the country, if it was in the interests of the Conservative Party, would you resign?”

Mr Johnson hit back: “Sam, can I just remind you everything I’ve been saying throughout this interview, which is that is exactly the kind of question that qualifies as breaking the golden rule?

“What we’re focussing on is getting the job done. What we’re focussing on is trying to make sure that we not only have the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe, the fastest booster rollout as we’ve already done.

“But that we’re able, because of the Get Boosted Now campaign, to avert some of the most damaging consequences of Omicron.

“That is what the Government is engaged in doing now, that is what I am focussed on.”

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