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OLIVER OUT: Hertsmere MP resigns as Conservative Party chair following by-election losses

 Published on: 24th June 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertsmere MP and Conservative party Chairman Oliver Dowden CBE has resigned following two losses in two by-elections yesterday (June 23).

The party lost two seats to Labour and the Liberal Democrats, with the latter overturning a huge majority in Tiverton and Honiton.

Labour also retook the seat of Wakefield which was previously lost in the 2019 General Election.

In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Oliver Dowden MP said the decision was “deeply personal”.

He wrote: “It is with great sadness that I must resign as Chairman of the Conservative Party with immediate effect.

“Yesterday’s Parliamentary by-elections are the latest in a run of very poor results for our party. 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.

“It has been an honour to serve in your Cabinets as Party Chairman, Culture Secretary and Minister for the Cabinet Office. In particular, I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our excellent Conservative volunteers and staffers who work so tirelessly for our case. They are the backbone of our great party and deserve better than this.

“Finally, I want to emphasise that this is a deeply personal decision that I have taken alone. I will, as always, remain loyal to the Conservative Party.”

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