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Boris Johnson says he will ‘keep going’ after worst by-election defeat in history for Tories

Boris Johnson has vowed to “keep going” after the Conservative Party suffered two humiliating by-election defeats.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that the party faced some “tough” results, after the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win in Tiverton and Honiton, and Labour reclaimed Wakefield.

He suggested the defeats were due to dismay over the cost of living crisis.

Speaking to broadcasters in Kigali, the Prime Minister: “It’s absolutely true we’ve had some tough by-election results, they’ve been I think a reflection of a lot of things but we’ve got to recognise voters are going through a tough time at the moment.

“I think as a Government I’ve got to listen to what people are saying, in particular to the difficulties people are facing over the cost of living, which I think for most people is the number one issue.

“We’re now facing pressures on the cost of living we’re seeing spikes in fuel prices, energy costs, food costs – that’s hitting people.

“We’ve got to recognise there is more we’ve got to do and we certainly will, we will keep going addressing the concerns of people until we get through this patch.”

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