Collapse of Tory support threatens ‘conservative Celtic fringes’ in southwestern polls

Written by Javed Iqbal

A collapse in conservative support across the south-west of England could cause the party to lose 11 seats in a parliamentary election – and come within a hair’s breadth of losing the constituency Jacob Rees-Mogg.

YouGov found that the Tory vote share in the seats they called the “conservative Celtic fringe” has dropped a remarkable 19 points since the 2019 parliamentary elections, leaving Boris Johnson’s party at 38 percent in the region.

The figures were published on the day of one mid-term elections at the Devon seat in Tiverton and Honitonwhere the Liberal Democrats hope to overthrow a massive Conservative majority in an area that has been “true blue” since 1923.

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