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PremierLeague-News.Com - Simon Lightwood has taken the seat back after Labour lost it for the first time in 80 years in 2019
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Labour has claimed victory in the Wakefield by-election early this morning as Simon Lightwood was elected the new MP for the constituency. Lightwood won the seat for Labour with 13,166 votes - a near 5,000 strong majority on Nadeem Ahmed for the Conservatives, who received 8,241 votes. In his speech, Lightwood said the victory spelled the beginning of 'rebuilding the red wall' for Labour. His victory means Labour have taken back a seat they'd held since 1932 before Imran Ahmad Khan won for the Conservatives in 2019. On the same day, Richard Foord won the by-election in Tiverton and Honiton for the Liberal Democrats. Read more: Man who lived in tent in Huddersfield town centre to 'embarrass' council moved to tears That spells two losses for the Conservatives, already rocked by 148 of Boris Johnson's MPs voting against him in the recent no confidence vote. Speaking to reporters, Simon Lightwood said: "I feel absolutely over the moon. We did focus on the cost of living. People wanted a fresh start for Wakefield. We will be rebuilding the red wall going forward and Labour is pushing forward. "The biggest issue we're working on is definitely the cost of living. People really need help. "I think we've definitely passed the test. We have demonstrated that Labour is ready to rebuild the red wall. We saw previous Labour voters who didn't vote for us last time come back and some Conservative voters flip too.
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. "People are sick of all the lies and deceit from Boris Johnson and we offer that alternative vision."
Labour Party candidate Simon Lightwood is declared winner of the Wakefield by-election
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Turnout was just 39.09% - much lower than Wakefield's general election turnout in 2019 and Tiverton and Honiton's by-election turnout. Conservative Morley and Outwood MP Andrew Jenkyns was present at the count and said before the results she saw no reason for Boris Johnson to stand down if the Tories lost both by-elections. "We usually see a swing to opposition parties at by-elections," she told YorkshireLive. "They're often a time of protest. Labour should be walking this to be honest. Why should Boris step down? Mid-term we've been in government 12 years, winning Hartlepool was wonderful. Let's not read into this if Labour win. They were expected to win this. "We've got a fantastic local candidate here in Nadeem Ahmed and let's get him ready to fight next time we have a general election." Independent candidate Akef Akbar came third in the election. He was previously a member of the Conservative party. Read next: 'Nothing changes' as fed up Wakefield voters stay away on by election day Sebastian Kalinowski murder trial hears how he sat on stool facing wall for hours and only left to exercise and clean Thug stabbed 27-year-old in the leg at Meadowhall Get breaking news by email by signing up to our newsletters Dad-of-two armed with knife threatened to kill uncle during booze-filled Easter rampage
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