Midterm election results today: Tories lose both seats as Labor Wakefield win and Lib Dems Tiverton & Honiton win

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The Conservatives lost both by-elections that were fought on Thursday, with Labor winning Wakefield and the Lib Dems winning big in Tiverton and Honiton.

With both results coming in quick succession in the early hours of Friday, Simon Lightwood won for Labor after taking 13,166 votes, compared to 8,241 for Conservative candidate Nadeem Ahmed.

Richard Foord of the Liberal Democrats went on to win in Devon, rejecting a Conservative majority of 24,000.

Mr Foord, the newly elected Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton and Honiton, described his victory as “absolutely staggering”. Meanwhile, Simon Lightwood has said that “the next Labor government is born in this room tonight” after his win in West Yorkshire.

Following the double loss, Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden resigned from office, citing the mid-term election results and saying: “Our supporters are saddened and disappointed by the recent events, and I share their feelings.”

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‘An honorable letter from an honorable man’, MPs respond to Dowden’s resignation

Conservative MP Simon Hoare described former party chairman Oliver Dowden that his outgoing nation was “an honorable letter from an honorable man”.

On Twitter, the North Dorset MP wrote: “OliverDowden is not responsible for these results. Since 2015 I am always proud to call Oliver a friend. Never more than today.”

Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale, who has called on Boris Johnson to resign, said: “Oliver Dowden is a decent and honorable man who has clearly decided he can no longer defend the indefensible.”

Thomas KingsleyJune 24, 2022 06:45

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Oliver Dowden resigns as Tory chairman after Conservative losses in by-elections

Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after the latter suffered two interim defeats. In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he said “someone has to take responsibility”.

Dowden said in his letter to the Prime Minister that the by-elections are “the latest in a series of very poor results for our party”.

“Our supporters are saddened and disappointed by the recent events, and I share their feelings.

“We cannot continue with business as usual. Someone has to take responsibility and I have come to the conclusion that under these circumstances it would not be right for me to remain in office.”

The MP concluded his letter with the words: “I want to emphasize that this is a very personal decision that I have made on my own.

“I will, as always, remain loyal to the Conservative Party.”

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 06:22

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‘Electors reject prime minister’, says former No. 10 adviser

Former No. 10 adviser Tim Montgomerie, creator of the Conservative Home website, said the result in Tiverton was “huge”, adding: “This is a crisis for the Conservative Party.”

He told Sky News: “Voters are reacting to the Prime Minister’s character. They reject the character of the prime minister. And if the Conservative doesn’t act quickly… the entire Conservative party will be condemned. We cannot let this situation continue.”

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 06:12

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Breaking: Tory party chairman Oliver Dowden resigns after double loss in by-elections

Tory party chairman Oliver Dowden has submitted his letter of resignation after the Conservative party’s double loss.

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 05:55

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‘The next Labor government is born’ – Lightwood

New Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood declared that “the next Labor government is born in this room tonight”.

In his speech after being declared the winner of the West Yorkshire by-election, he said: “Tonight the people of Wakefield have spoken on behalf of the British people. They have said unreservedly, ‘Boris Johnson, your contempt for this country will no longer be tolerated’.

Labor Party candidate Simon Lightwood wins wakefield by-election

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“It’s unacceptable that a quarter of our children in Wakefield live in poverty, it’s unacceptable that hundreds of people leave emergency rooms every month without being treated because of the record NHS waiting times, and it’s unacceptable that convictions for crimes such as theft are high dropped by nearly half in the past five years.

“People in Wakefield and across the country are sick of the deceit and dishonesty of this government.”

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 05:51

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Tories handed wake-up call with double defeat in Tiverton and Wakefield by-elections

The Liberal Democrats took victory in Devon, when Richard Foord overcame a Tory majority of 24,239 votes – the largest ever annulled in a by-election.

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said it was the “biggest election victory our country has ever seen”, adding that the result should be a “wake-up call” to Tory MPs over the leadership of the Mr Johnson.

Labor’s Simon Robert Lightwood won in Wakefield after winning the West Yorkshire seat by nearly 5,000 votes, overturning a narrower Conservative lead of 3,358 votes.

Read the details in this joint report from Holly Bancroft and Adam Forrest

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 05:36

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Labor ‘rebuilding the red wall,’ says Lightwood

Simon Lightwood, the newly elected Member of Parliament from Wakefield, told reporters that Labor was “rebuilding the red wall” and that the biggest problem during the campaign had been the cost of living.

When asked what victory would mean for Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership, he said: “I think it speaks volumes. We are rebuilding the red wall and this is the birthplace of the next Labor government.”

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Mr Lightwood added: “We are restoring the confidence of the electorate and the people are ready for a fresh start. They are tired of all the lies and deceit of Boris Johnson and we offer that alternative view.”

When asked if the success would translate to other red wall chairs up north, he said, “I think we can be sure of that.”

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 05:27

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‘This result is simply astonishing’, says Foord

Richard Foord, Liberal Democrat winner of Tiverton and Honiton, said: the independent that the party did not expect a victory of this magnitude.

“This result is absolutely stunning,” he said. “We weren’t expecting a win, let alone a win of this magnitude.

“We had noticed that over the course of this campaign and especially in recent days the momentum has shifted from the Conservatives to the Liberals because of the very positive agenda we set out, but this is absolutely seismic, we have the largest majority in by election history.

“There is a very clear trend in the Blue Wall constituencies for people to look to the positive Liberal Democrat proposals and vote for the Lib Dems.

“I certainly think some lifelong Conservatives could not bear the idea of ​​voting for the Conservative party while it is led by Boris Johnson and so I will work to maintain their support no matter what happens in the Conservative internal politics. side. really very difficult to represent all voters.”

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 05:12

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Labor and Lib Dems urge to work together in general election

Naomi Smith, chief executive of the Best for Britain campaign for the anti-conservative electoral pact, said majorities in both by-elections “could not have been destroyed without a tactical vote and an unofficial election pact between the opposition parties”.

She urged Keir Starmer and Ed Davey to work together, adding: “Labour and the Lib Dems must not rest on their laurels, repeating this success will be much harder in a general election. Our polls prove that they will have to work together to defeat the government.”

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 05:00

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Davey: ‘Public sick of Johnson’s lies and violations of the law’

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey criticized Conservatives after his party won a sweeping victory in Tiverton and Honiton.

“The Liberal Democrats have made political history with this stunning victory. It is the biggest election victory our country has ever seen,” he said.

“This should be a wake-up call to all those Conservative MPs who support Boris Johnson. They cannot afford to ignore this result.

“The people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for the country.

“The public is tired of Boris Johnson’s lies and law-breaking and it’s time for Conservative MPs to finally do the right thing and fire him.”

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 04:58

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