A CABINET Minister has dramatically RESIGNED after Boris Johnson suffered a bruising double by-election defeat this morning.
Oliver Dowden quit as Tory Chairman saying the party "cannot carry on with business as usual" following today's losses in Wakefield and Tiverton.
Labour snatched back Wakefield in the Red Wall, while the Lib Dems overturned a huge 24,000 Tory majority in Tiverton and Honiton.
Voters gave the PM a bloody nose as he parades the world stage thousands of miles away at the Commonwealth summit in Rwanda.
The humbled PM today accepted the "tough by-election results" but dismissed calls for him to quit and said he will "keep going".
Speaking in Kigali he said: "What we need to do now is reflect on where voters are, and what they are basically feeling is that we came through Covid well and we took a lot of the right decisions there.
"But we are now facing pressures on the costs of living... We have to recognise that there is more that we have got to do and we certainly will."
He had already been braced for a rough night, yet the trip now risks being overshadowed by fresh premiership chaos and reshuffle speculation following Mr Dowden's resignation.
The top Tory announced he was quitting at 5.35am shortly before he was due to do the morning telly round, lashing out at "a run of very poor results for our party".
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