For Boris Johnson, the by-election battering was his “personal responsibility.”

For Boris Johnson, the by-election battering was his “personal responsibility.”

The Liberal Democrats overturned a large Conservative majority in a seat that has always been Tory.

‘I am personally responsible for everything the Government does,' Mr Johnson added.

But he blamed the media for the outcome.

‘I believe people are frustrated, and I get that.'

Some things have gone well, but the people have been hearing a constant litany of stuff about politics and politicians that isn't about them or what we can do to improve lives.

After the unexpected setback, the PM's leadership is questioned. Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson told the BBC that Cameron was in the ‘last-chance saloon'.

She claimed the party need a leader with ‘a little of bloody grip'.

‘I believe his MPs have warned the PM,' she said.

This comes after weeks of damaging news about Tory ‘sleaze' and accusations of partying in No 10 in contravention of Covid rules.

A ‘very unsatisfactory' result for the party, said Mr Johnson.

Affirming his commitment to fighting the pandemic, he dodged queries about whether he would resign if it served the country or his party.

‘The Government is currently doing just that. That is my focus. ‘I think that's what people want me to focus on right now,' he said in Hillingdon.

Helen Morgan of the Lib Dems won the Tory safe seat by over 6,000 votes.

Tories' 1922 Committee vice-chairman Sir Charles Walker said a leadership battle would be ‘completely self-indulgent', but Mr Johnson had only 12 months to make a difference.

A year, weeks, months or even weeks to figure himself out, he told Times Radio.

It will get much worse if we keep making unforced errors for three to six or nine months. It is currently serious but not critical.'

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the 1922 Committee's treasurer, said Mr Johnson needed to stop scoring "self-inflicted own goals."

‘I want him to succeed,' he told Sky News.

I am asking him, as one of his experienced backbenchers, to govern cautiously and avoid these self-inflicted measures.