Boris Johnson on the Rocks

If Boris Johnson plans to perform one of his trademark feats of unlikely political survival, he better do it soon. Britain’s prime minister suffered yet another setback in two by-elections on Thursday, casting doubt on his future.

Mr Johnson’s Tory Party was defending the two seats after Tory incumbents were forced to resign amid scandals. Wakefield in north Yorkshire is one of the so-called Red Wall seats Mr Johnson won in 2019. Mr Johnson won a historic victory in the general election that year, partly by courting blue-collar workers and culturally conservative voters who had reliably elected Labor candidates for decades but felt increasingly alienated by Labour’s leftward drift.


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