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Election results LIVE: Boris faces worst defeat in DECADES in devastating double whammy

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BORIS JOHNSON is braced for a double defeat as the polls close in the Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton by-elections.

Election results LIVE: Boris faces worst defeat in DECADES in devastating double whammy

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This could be the first time in 30 years that a Prime Minister has suffered a double by-election defeat on the same day. Both seats were held by Conservatives before the by-elections were triggered with results expected to come in overnight. The Tiverton and Honiton by-election is “neck and neck”, according to the Lib Dems whilst Sir Keir Starmer hopes to win by the Wakefield seat after it fell to the Tories in 2019.

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Jack Walters

‘Difficult backdrop!’ CCHQ plays down chances of Boris claiming by-election victory

CCHQ has downplayed Boris Johnson’s chances of emerging victorious in today’s double whammy by-election challenge.

A source from CCHQ told Express.co.uk: “These have been challenging by-elections fought against a difficult backdrop.

“The circumstances of the resignations of the former MPs have made both contests an uphill struggle.

“We are expecting a difficult night but have heard the message that we need to get on with delivering for the British people.”

Jack Walters

Good evening!

Good evening I’m Jack Walters, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the by-election results.. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

Email: jack.walters@reachplc.com

Twitter: @JTWalters99

Francesca Edwards

‘Many are coming back to Labour under Keir Starmer’s leadership’

Labour said the message is “clear” that “many are coming back to Labour under Keir Starmer’s leadership. 

Commenting as the polls close, Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour’s National Campaign Coordinator said: “Labour has run positive campaigns with fantastic candidates in both by-elections – but we know that taking the seats requires many Tory voters to switch to Labour, which is harder in by-elections where low turnout is commonplace.

“Wakefield has been a marginal constituency since Labour last won a General Election, and the Conservatives hold the seat with the biggest majority since 2010 – making this an uphill task.”

Francesca Edwards

Lib Dems reflect on campaign as polls close

Commenting on polls closing in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said Richard Foord can an “energetic and inspiring campaign” against a Conservative party which has “taken the people of Devon for granted2. 

She continued: “He has proudly stood up for his local community and demanded better for it.  

“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. 

“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.

“Many parts of the country now face a clear choice at the next election. It is either four more years of Boris Johnson, or a strong local champion in a Liberal Democrat MP.”

The eight candidates standing in Honiton and Tiverton

Jordan Donoghue-Morgan – Heritage Party, Andy Foan – Reform UK, Richard Foord – Liberal Democrats, Helen Hurford – Conservative, Liz Pole – Labour, Frankie Rufolo – The For Britain Movement, Ben Walker – UK Independence Party, Gill Westcott – Green Party.

The 15 candidates standing in Wakefield

Nadeem Ahmed – Conservative Party, Akef Akbar – Independent, Paul Bickerdike – Christian Peoples Alliance, Mick Dodgson – Freedom Alliance. Real People. Real Alternative, Sir Archibald Stanton Earl ‘Eaton – The Official Monster Raving Loony Party, Jayda Fransen – Independent, Jordan James Gaskell – UK Independence Party, David John Rowntree Herdson – Yorkshire Party, Therese Hirst – English Democrats, Christopher Richard Jones – Northern Independence Party, Simon Robert Lightwood – Labour Party, Jamie Luke Needle – Liberal Democrats, Ashley Theo Blue Routh – Green Party, Ashlea Simon – Britain First, Chris Walsh – Reform UK.

Losing elections ‘a sign of a government at risk of losing electoral footing’- polling expert

Polling expert John Curtice said losing both by-elections would be “a sign of a government that is at risk of losing its electoral footing.”

“The Conservatives may now not only face the challenge of how to recover the support lost in the wake of Partygate and the cost of living crisis, but also that of overcoming an increased antipathy to Boris Johnson and his government,” he wrote in the Independent. 

Good evening

Good evening I’m Francesca Edwards, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the by-election results.. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

Email: francesca.edwards@reachplc.com

Twitter: @FrankieLEdwards

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