Boris Johnson appears to have suffered a humiliating defeat, with the Liberal Democrats claiming to have secured a ‘historic victory’ in the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections.
The Prime Minister is also facing the loss of Wakefield to Labor in two by-elections which could lead to further questions about his leadership. Ballots were cast in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton after contests sparked by Tory MPs resigning in disgrace.
With the official results yet to be announced, the Liberal Democrats have claimed victory for candidate Richard Foord in the seat of Devon – which was held with a majority of more than 24,000 by the Tories in 2019.
A Lib Dem spokesperson said: “It looks like a clear victory. The people of Tiverton and Honiton defended the country. It is a historic victory for the Liberal Democrats and a devastating blow for Tory MPs who continue to support Boris Johnson. »
Defeating the Tories will put pressure on Mr Johnson just weeks after 41% of his own MPs said they did not trust him.
Mr Johnson, who is attending a Commonwealth leaders’ summit in Rwanda, suggested it would be “crazy” for him to quit if the party lost the two seats.
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