Ex-Tory leader Michael Howard calls on Boris Johnson to step down OCN News

Former Conservative Party leader Michael Howard has called on Boris Johnson to step down.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s World at One on Friday, Lord Howard said: ‘The party, and more importantly the country, would be better off under new leadership.

His intervention comes after the Tories lost the Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton by-elections.

“Cabinet members should consider their positions very carefully,” Howard said.

He added that it ‘may be necessary’ for the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers to change its rules to ‘thus another leadership [election] could take place”.

Johnson recently won a vote of no confidence in his leadership and, under current party rules, he cannot be challenged for another year.

The prime minister, speaking in Rwanda, said he would “carry on” despite the double electoral defeat.

“I think as a government I have to listen to what people are saying – especially the difficulties people are facing due to the cost of living, which I think is the number one issue for most people. people,” he said.

“We have to recognize that we have to do more and we certainly will; we will continue to address people’s concerns until we get through this patch.

Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden resigned early this morning, saying he and Tory supporters were “distressed and disappointed by recent events”. He told Johnson that “someone has to take responsibility.”

But so far other cabinet members have remained loyal, including Chancellor Rishi Sunak who tweeted that he was “determined to keep working”.