'Backstabbers got rid of him!' Mansfield locals rage at Tories as Boris bows out of No10

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Boris Johnson is bidding farewell to the UK premiership after three tumultuous years in power. As the newly elected Prime Minister Liz Truss takes over the reins of the office, Boris Johnson is formally stepping down. But Tory voters regret Boris Johnson was stabbed in the back by the Conservative Party, which ultimately led to his own resignation in early July.

A middle-aged man said: “I like Boris Johnson because he’s got character and you know, he gets things done.

“He’s direct. He was very talked-about, respectful all the same.

“What has annoyed me really is how he’s been allowed for the backstabbers to get rid of him, not the people of the country through a general election,” the furious old man said.

Reacting to Boris Johnson’s departure, an elderly woman agreed, saying: “A bit upset, really because I think he’s a really good fit for this country.”

She said: “He comes over as being very bolshy but he gets things done.”

In contrast with two fellow Tory voters, a young man said: “I think we’ll get a better leader to be fair.

“I like Boris Johnson, he did well given the pressures and circumstances that he was in.

“It’s hard for a person to pull through there.”

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The now former Prime Minister pulled off major accomplishments like winning a landslide majority in Parliament in the 2019 General Election and finalising the Brexit deal.

But the subsequent Partygate scandal and wave of resignations triggered by two of his most senior cabinet members – Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid – over the Pincher groping scandal got the better of him.

Both Mr Sunak and Mr Javid said the Chris Pincher scandal, where Boris Johnson denied any knowledge of complaints about Pincher’s sexual misconduct, was the last straw.

The last stretch of Boris Johnson’s premiership was rocked by the Partygate scandal – for which he was handed a fixed-penalty notice – the cost of living crisis, the Owen Paterson row and a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against Conservative MPs.

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