As Labour attempts to take the seat for the first time in its history, voters in Boris Johnson’s previous constituency have stated that they are moving away from the Tories.
In the heart of the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat, where a by-election will now be held, some onlookers told the PA news agency that they have left the party.
Labour, which is attempting to overthrow a majority of 7,200, is finding the seat to be more and more competitive.
Some in the seat, however, claimed that the former PM was a victim of a partygate cover-up.
The 61-year-old Ron Redworth, who works for Waitrose and resides in Theresa May’s district of Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “I was surprised (to hear Boris had resigned), I was very surprised.
“I feel there has been an attempt to oust him because he was pro-Brexit.
“He should definitely have resigned over the coronavirus because you can’t be the leader of your country and carry on like that.
“You have to toe the line.
“He should have resigned as prime minister but not as an MP.”
Lea Valaris, 70, who lives in marginal Harrow, said: “He has probably done the right thing.
“I voted for him. He was a good prime minister, especially in relation to Ukraine. However he was kind of immature, he ran Downing Street a bit too lax. He should have tightened the reins.”
She said she has never voted Labour before, but is “not sure” who she will vote for at this stage.
She went on: “The Conservatives have not lived up to my expectations at all.
“They have had, unfortunately, a series of rather weak PMs.
“David Cameron, he should never have called the referendum and then Theresa May, I expected a bit more from her.”
Anna Casey, 40, who lives in the constituency said: “This is a born liar. He was going to do all he could to stop the Third Runway and HS2 but he did a complete U-turn.
“I won’t be voting for the Conservatives in the by-election even though I have voted for them before.
“If he had stuck to his word maybe I would have voted for them again.”
The ex-PM was supported by Debbie Cusmans, a 59-year-old caretaker who lives in the district.
We elected Boris Johnson as our MP, and the voters chose him to be our prime minister, she said. It is repugnant that they withdrew our ballots and installed Rishi Sunak as prime minister.
“They said he was having parties, he wasn’t having parties. He was having a leaving event.. and he had meetings, business meetings he didn’t have any parties.
“People like Rishi Sunak don’t like Boris because Boris left the EU got Brexit done, and was taking back control of our country and people like Rishi Sunak don’t want the people to take back control of our country.”
Herbert Crossman, 75, is considering running for council as an independent because he doesn’t think the big parties have the solutions to the issues facing the UK.
He said: “He’s been hung and drawn in one fell swoop hasn’t he. He’s lied all the way along and you can’t carry on like that. The country needs stability now it doesn’t need unrest, which is what we’ve got, and I’m afraid the party system is defunct, it’s finished.
“The two party system has got to go, we’ve got to have change to happen if the country is going to grow again and expand.”