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Boris Johnson suffers Red Wall defeat as Labour wins Wakefield by-election

BORIS Johnson took a hit in the by-elections this morning after the Liberal Democrats seized his Red Wall seat from Wakefield.

He also faces defeat in the true heart of the South, as the Liberal Democrats appear poised to topple a large Conservative majority in Tiverton and Honiton.


Boris Johnson faces electoral defeat thousands of miles away in RwandaCredit: AFP
Wakefield's by-election


Wakefield’s by-election

Labour’s Simon Lightwood is Britain’s newest MP after winning Wakefield, beating his Tory rival by 13,166 votes to 8,240.

The West Yorkshire constituency is a historic Labor stronghold, but it turned blue in Johnson’s 2019 defeat of Northern Towns.

Sir Keir Starmer was desperate to show that he can start to take back the Red Wall after failing in local elections last month.

The Liberal Democrats believe they are about to score another shock victory in Tory’s southern strongholds by winning Devon.

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Votes counted in by-elections: As Boris says, calls for him to resign are 'insane'

Leader Sir Ed Davey called early for the Tiverton vote for his party, although the results have yet to be announced.

The prime minister parades across the world stage thousands of miles away at the summit of Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda.

Back home, by-election disasters risk emboldening the traitorous Tory rebels to plot another shot at their leader.

The twin contests were the first test at the polls since the prime minister narrowly survived a revolt by 148 of his MPs.

While midterm elections are historically bad for governments, the results show danger for BoJo at both the Red Wall and the Blue Wall.

By avoiding a new mutiny before the results, Johnson dismissed calls for him to resign as “insane.”

He insisted he will be a proven winner in the northern towns he swept in 2019, reminding critics of his historic win at Hartlepool last year.

Conservative leadership rules make the prime minister immune from further challenge for another year, although the rebels want to break the rules.

Both by-elections were triggered after his Conservative MPs resigned in disgrace.

Imran Ahmad Khan resigned as MP for Wakefield after being convicted of sexually assaulting a child.

His would-be Tory successor, Nadeem Ahmed, got into trouble during the campaign for saying that people should still trust the Conservatives because “we still trust GPs after Harold Shipman”.

Neil Parish resigned from his Tiverton seat after being caught watching pornography in the House of Commons.

The veteran Tory MP admitted watching sex videos with his eyes, but insisted he was trying to Google tractors.

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