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Boris Johnson’s future in peril as Conservative Party hit with double UK by-election losses

Boris Johnson’s future in peril as Conservative Party hit with double UK by-election losses

Labour’s Simon Lightwood won the West Yorkshire seat of Wakefield, in northern England, with a majority of 4,925 on a swing of 12.7 percentage points from the Conservatives to Labour.

Moments later, Liberal Democrat Richard Foord won the Tiverton and Honiton by-election in Devon, western England, with a dramatic swing of almost 30 points. The Conservatives had held the seat with a majority of more than 24,000 votes, so the win was one of the biggest ever majorities to be overturned at a UK parliamentary by-election.

Helen Hurford, the defeated Conservative Party candidate, had locked herself in a room previously reserved for media interviews at the counting venue, and was reportedly refusing to speak to any media, PA Media reported.

“This is an historic victory for the Liberal Democrats and a devastating blow for those Conservative MPs who continue to prop up Boris Johnson,” a Liberal Democrat spokesman told UK media outlets.

Johnson said the UK government needs to “listen to the results” of the crushing by-election losses, which prompted the Conservative Party’s own chairman Oliver Dowden to resign from his role.

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Speaking during a pooled interview during a visit to Rwanda, Johnson called the “tough” results a “reflection of a lot of things,” acknowledging that British voters are “going through a tough time at the moment.”

“As a government I’ve got to listen to what people are saying. And, to the difficulties people are facing over the cost of living, which is I think, for most people, the number one issue,” Johnson remarked.

Thursday’s by-elections were triggered by high-profile resignations of Conservative lawmakers — one who admitted watching porn inside the chamber of the UK parliament, and another found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

The results are…

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