Daily uk news Labour WIN Wakefield and Tiverton by-elections dealing Boris Johnson a double blow - but he defiantly says he will NOT quit as PM no matter how bad the results PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - As votes continued to be counted, the party said they believe they have overturned a 24,000 Tory majority in Tiverton and Honiton to steal a seat they came third in just three years ago.

Daily uk news Labour WIN Wakefield and Tiverton by-elections dealing Boris Johnson a double blow - but he defiantly says he will NOT quit as PM no matter how bad the results PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - As votes continued to be counted, the party said they believe they have overturned a 24,000 Tory majority in Tiverton and Honiton to steal a seat they came third in just three years ago.

Daily uk news  Labour WIN Wakefield and Tiverton by-elections dealing Boris Johnson a double blow - but he defiantly says he will NOT quit as PM no matter how bad the results PremierLeague-News.Com
24 June 2022 - 03:30

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Boris Johnson was handed a double by-election pummelling today as the Tories were humiliated in two by-elections that will deepen the crisis surrounding his leadership of the Conservatives and the country. In seismic results in the early hours of this morning, the Conservatives lost two seats in West Yorkshire and Devon by large margins after months of sleaze and economic woe that have bedevilled Mr Johnson's premiership.The Conservatives lost the formerly ultra-safe, Brexit-backing seat of Tiverton and Honiton to the Liberal Democrats, with Richard Food winning by more than 6,000 votes in a seat where the party came third in 2019.Helen Hurford, the Tory candidate, locked herself in a room previously reserved for media interviews ahead of the result at the constituency's election count in a sports centre in Crediton, when the scale of her defeat became clear. It was a swing of 30 per cent to Sir Ed Davey's party, with pollsters before the vote saying anything over 25 per cent would be disastrous for the Tories.Neil Parish - the Tory MP who had more than 60 per cent of the vote in 2019 - resigned after admitting he had watched pornography on his phone in the House of Commons. Some 270 miles to the north east, Mr Johnson's party mad moments earlier ceded Wakefield to Labour after holding it for just three years, with Simon Lightwood comfortably winning a vote called after the previous Tory MP, Imran Ahmad Khan, was jailed for child sex offenses.Mr Lightwood overturned a majority of less than 3,500 to retake a seat that was solidly Labour between the 1930s and 2019 in the early hours of the morning. He took 13,166 votes to Tory Nadeem Ahmed's 8,241 on a 52 per cent turnout. It gave him a majority of 4,925 on a swing of 12.7 per cent from the Tories to Labour. Speaking after he was elected in Honiton, Mr Foord said: Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go. And go now.'But a bullish Boris Johnson last night insisted he will not quit whichever way the results go. As the results came in he was 4,000 miles away at a Commonwealth gathering in Rwanda. Speaking to reporters while travelling to Kigali, the Prime Minister insisted he was 'very hopeful' of a positive outcome from the two by-elections - but said it would be 'crazy' to quit over a bad mid-term result.No government has failed to defend two by-election seats on the same day since 1991, when John Major was in No10. Speaking after he was elected in Honiton, Mr Foord said that the voters had sent a message to the PM to 'go, and go now'. Some 270 miles to the north east, Mr Johnson's party mad moments earlier ceded Wakefield to Labour after holding it for just three years, with Simon Lightwood comfortably winning a vote called after the previous Tory MP, Imran Ahmad Khan, was jailed for child sex offenses.  more videos 1 2 3 Watch video 2016: Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall tie the knot in London Watch video 2021: Anita Alvarez faints in Barcelona at Tokyo Olympics qualifying Watch video Prosecutor assaults Brazilian AG over incident report against him Watch video Monterrey surfer rescued moments after shark attack at Lover's Point Watch video Marjorie Taylor tells Siobhan Kennedy: 'Go back to your country' Watch video Kiwi trans athlete slams world swimming's gender inclusion policy Watch video Day 2: A glimpse inside Glastonbury music festival 2022 Watch video Couple seen being kicked off Air Canada flight Watch video Passengers are escorted off Air Canada flight 'with no reason' Watch video Demétrius Oliveira de Macedo perp walk in São Paulo, Brazil Watch video Bristol reporter tasks mayor on long trip for climate change meeting Watch video Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at East Anglia's Children's Hospice DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.molFeCarousel.init('#p-19', 'channelCarousel', { "activeClass" : "wocc", "pageCount" : "3.0", "pageSize" : 1, "onPos": 0, "updateStyleOnHover": true }); }); Lib Dem leader Ed Davey tweeted in the early hours that he was 'going to need a bigger hammer', a referenced to a stunt at the party's Chesham and Amersham victory last year that saw him demolish a 'blue wall' with a tiny orange tool. His party is expected to win in Tiverton and Honiton, which was held by the Tories with a 24,000 majority just three years ago. On what is forecast to be a dark night for the PM, the party is also expected to lose Wakefield to Labour. Mr Johnson will not be around to take flack from any political fallout - is on tour abroad for the next week in Africa and Europe with his wife Carrie. Ed Davey's party is expected to win in Tiverton and Honiton, which was held by the Tories with a 24,000 majority just three years ago. Pictured is candidate Richard Foord and wife Kate. Voters went to the polls in Wakefield and in Tiverton and Honiton today, with party insiders privately warning the Tories were set to lose both. Senior Conservatives figures were last night blaming Jeremy Hunt and other Tory plotters for wrecking the campaigns by trying to unseat Mr Johnson with a vote of no confidence. A new poll tonight gave Labour an 11-point lead in the polls. But the survey by Savanta ComRes was carried out before this week's crippling rail strikes brought Britain to a halt. Where are by-elections happening today?  WAKEFIELD Wakefield was one of the so-called Red Wall seats won by the Tories in the 2019 general election after being a Labour stronghold since the 1930s, but Labour is now hoping to take it back. Imran Ahmad Khan had a 3,300 majority but stood down as the local MP after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy and jailed for 18 months.Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed raised eyebrows by arguing last week that voters should still trust the party after Mr Khan's sexual assault conviction, just as they still trust GPs despite the crimes of mass murderer Harold Shipman. TIVERTON & HONITON Neil Parish, the Tory MP since 2010, resigned from the Devon seat after admitting he had watched pornography on his phone in the House of Commons.The Liberal Democrats are the main challenger in this rural constituency, and are hoping to build on by-election wins in North Shropshire in December and Chesham and Amersham a year ago.Victory for the Lib Dems would require overturning a 24,239 majority, but Conservatives fear a defeat is all-but inevitable as voters deliver a mid-term message. The Prime Minister urged voters to 'stick up for British food and farming' by supporting Tory Helen Hurford, a former head teacher turned beautician.In a video shared on social media on Wednesday, Mr Johnson appeared alongside the candidate on a farm, saying the party was working to protect 'our fantastic food and farming industry and 'amazing agricultural sector'.  adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement Lib Dem leader Ed Davey tweeted in the early hours that he was 'going to need a bigger hammer', a referenced to a stunt at the party's Chesham and Amersham victory last year that saw him demolish a 'blue wall' with a tiny orange tool. The scale of the Lib Dem win in Devon will shock the Tories and shines a light on the level of popular discontent in the PM after months of scandals and economic reversals. It could also reignite attempts by Tory MPs to oust him before then next general election.A Lib Dem spokesman said: 'This is looking like a clear win. The people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken up for the country.

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. But there are fears the expected grim results at home could spark a renewed Conservative revolt against his leadership, weeks after he was forced to face a vote of confidence from his own MPs.Senior Conservatives figures were last night blaming Jeremy Hunt and other Tory plotters for wrecking the campaigns by trying to unseat Mr Johnson with the vote of no confidence, which he won 211 to 148.A new poll tonight gave Labour an 11-point lead in the polls, up from six points a week previously. But the survey by Savanta ComRes was carried out before this week's crippling rail strikes brought Britain to a halt. Mr Johnson faces the fallout from those strikes, as well as general unrest of the rising cost of living - inflation hit 9.1 per cent this week. He is also embroiled in a fight with human rights campaigners over his attempts to send migrants arriving in the UK to Rwanda.Speaking in the nation's capital, Kigali, where he is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHoGM), he said: 'I'm going to be watching the results with interests but always full of optimism and buoyancy but most seasoned political observers know that by-elections in mid-term are never necessarily easy for any government,' he said.Asked if he would quit if he lost both seats, he said: 'Are you crazy?'When questioned whether he would take responsibility personally, he told reporters: 'Come on, it was only a year ago that we won the Hartlepool by-election.'But Lib Dem Treasury spokeswoman Christine Jardine said: 'Never in the history of British politics has a majority this big been overturned in a by-election. We've said throughout this campaign this is a huge mountain to climb. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Boris takes aim at Charles and says he will stress the... Nigerian senator and wife 'plotted to traffic homeless... And you thought TODAY was bad! Millions face another battle... Share this article Share 'However, if the Conservative Party lose significant numbers of votes tonight in one of their safest seats in the country, there will be countless Conservative MPs looking over their shoulders nervously tomorrow.'Turnout in Wakefield was 39 per cent, while in the Devon seat it was 52 per cent. Both by-elections today were triggered by misconduct by the former Tory MPs.The polls are seen as a key test for Mr Johnson's leadership. Wakefield, where the Conservatives were defending a majority of less than 3,500, has been seen as a lost cause for weeks.But in Tiverton and Honiton, where the Conservatives had a majority of more than 24,000 at the last election, the Tories were last night said to be 'neck and neck' with the Lib-Dems.A senior Tory source said the actions of the Tory rebels had exacerbated what was already a difficult contest in Devon.The by-election was called following the resignation of Neil Parish, after he admitted watching pornography on his mobile phone while sat in the House of Commons chamber. 'Tiverton and Honiton was always going to be a tough battle because we are mid-term and there is residual anger over Partygate where the media have been having a field day. People see it as a way to punish us without a change of Government,' the source said.'But the overlay of division has been massively unhelpful. It was raised on the doorstep time and again - people were saying if even his own MPs won't vote for him, why should we?'The really damaging thing is that it came just as the postal ballots were being sent out, where we would normally hope for a decent showing.'If we have lost the postals then we have lost. It's all incredibly unhelpful and totally self-inflicted.'  A poll by Survation for the 38 Degrees website two weeks ago - around the time of the vote of no confidence against Mr Johnson - put Labour on 56 per cent in the West Yorkshire seat, with the Tories on 33 per cent Boris Johnson has only made one visit to Devon to assist candidate Helen Hurford, a local councillor and beautician. They are pictured together on June 10 Wakefield was one of the so-called Red Wall seats won by the Tories in the 2019 general election after being a Labour stronghold since the 1930s, but Labour is now hoping to take it back with Simon Lightwood Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed raised eyebrows by arguing last week that voters should still trust the party after Mr Khan's sexual assault conviction, just as they still trust GPs despite the crimes of mass murderer Harold Shipman.In Wakefield, a former industrial area in West Yorkshire, ex-Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan stood down after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy and jailed for 18 months.Wakefield was one of the so-called Red Wall seats won by the Tories in the 2019 general election after being a Labour stronghold since the 1930s, but Labour has battled to take it back.Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed raised eyebrows by arguing last week that voters should still trust the party after Mr Khan's sexual assault conviction, just as they still trust GPs despite the crimes of mass murderer Harold Shipman. In Devon's Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish, the Tory MP since 2010, resigned after admitting he had watched pornography on his phone in the House of Commons.The Liberal Democrats are the main challenger in the rural south-western constituency, where they were hoping former soldier Richard Foord will recreate by-election wins in North Shropshire in December and Chesham and Amersham a year ago.The Prime Minister urged voters to 'stick up for British food and farming' by supporting Tory Helen Hurford, a former head teacher turned beautician.In a video shared on social media on Wednesday, Mr Johnson appeared alongside the candidate on a farm, saying the party was working to protect 'our fantastic food and farming industry and 'amazing agricultural sector'. more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Boris 'full of optimism and buoyancy' ahead of by-elections results Watch video 2021: Anita Alvarez faints in Barcelona at Tokyo Olympics qualifying Watch video Prosecutor assaults Brazilian AG over incident report against him Watch video Monterrey surfer rescued moments after shark attack at Lover's Point Watch video Marjorie Taylor tells Siobhan Kennedy: 'Go back to your country' Watch video Kiwi trans athlete slams world swimming's gender inclusion policy Watch video Couple seen being kicked off Air Canada flight Watch video Passengers are escorted off Air Canada flight 'with no reason' Watch video Demétrius Oliveira de Macedo perp walk in São Paulo, Brazil Watch video Counting underway in Wakefield by-election Watch video Bristol reporter tasks mayor on long trip for climate change meeting Watch video Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at East Anglia's Children's Hospice DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.molFeCarousel.init('#p-50', 'channelCarousel', { "activeClass" : "wocc", "pageCount" : "3.0", "pageSize" : 1, "onPos": 0, "updateStyleOnHover": true }); });

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