(Bloomberg) -- Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the UK’s Conservative Party, he said in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson posted on Twitter.

“Yesterday’s Parliamentary by-elections are the latest in a run of very poor results for our party. Our supporters are distressed and disappointed by recent events, and I share their feelings,” Dowden wrote. “We cannot carry on with business as usual. Somebody must take responsibility and I have concluded that, in these circumstances, it would not be right for me to remain in office.”

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