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

Written by Javed Iqbal

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That Conservatives has lost both by-elections, which were fought on Thursday, in which Labor won Wakefield and Lib Dems wins big Tiverton and Honiton.

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

The Liberal Democrats Richard Foord then won in Devon, overthrowing a 24,000 Conservative majority.

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

After the double loss, Conservative party chairman Oliver Dowden withdrew from his post referring to the by-election results, saying: “Our supporters are uneasy and disappointed with 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, who described his farewell nation as “an honorable letter from an honorable man.”

The North Dorset MP wrote on Twitter, adding: “OliverDowden is not to blame for these results. Since 2015, I have always been 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 that he can no longer defend the indefensible.”

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Oliver Dowden resigns as Tory chairman after conservative defeat in midterm elections

Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after suffering two by-election defeats and saying in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that “someone must take responsibility”.

Sir. 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 can not continue with business as usual. Someone must take responsibility and I have concluded that in these circumstances it would not be right for me to remain in office.”

The Member of Parliament concluded his letter by saying: “I would like to emphasize that this is a deeply personal decision that I have made alone.

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

Namita Singh |24 June 2022 06:22

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“Voters reject PM,” says former No. 10 adviser

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

He told Sky News: “Voters are reacting to the character of the Prime Minister. They are rejecting the character of the Prime Minister. And if the Conservatives do not act soon … the whole Conservative party will be judged. We can not let this situation continue.”

Namita Singh |24 June 2022 06:12

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Breaking: Tory party chairman Oliver Dowden resigns after double defeat in midterm elections

Tory party chairman Oliver Dowden has submitted his resignation letter after the Conservatives’ double midterm loss.

Namita Singh |24 June 2022 05:55

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‘The next Labor government has been born’ – Lightwood

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

Speaking after being announced as 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 unreservedly said: ‘Boris Johnson, your contempt for this country is not tolerated. further’.

Labor Party candidate Simon Lightwood wins by-election in Wakefield

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“It is not acceptable that a quarter of our children in Wakefield live in poverty, it is not acceptable that hundreds of people leave the emergency room every month without being treated due to record high waiting times in the NHS, and it is not acceptable that convictions for crimes like robbery have dropped by almost half within the last five years.

“People in Wakefield and across the country are tired of this government’s deception and dishonesty.”

Namita Singh |24 June 2022 05:51

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Tories gave ‘wake-up call’ with double defeat in the midterm elections in Tiverton and Wakefield

The Liberal Democrats swept to victory in Devon as Richard Foord defeated a Tory majority of 24,239 votes – the largest ever toppled in a by-election.

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

LaborSimon Robert Lightwood won in Wakefield after winning the seat in West Yorkshire by almost 5,000 votes, toppling a less conservative lead of 3,358 votes.

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Namita Singh |24 June 2022 05:36

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Labor is ‘rebuilding the Red Wall,’ says Lightwood

Simon Lightwood, the newly elected Wakefield MP, told reporters that Labor was “rebuilding the Red Wall” and that the biggest problem on the doorstep throughout the campaign had been the cost-of-living crisis.

Asked what the victory would mean for Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership, he said: “I think that says a lot. We are rebuilding the Red Wall and this is the birthplace of the next Labor government.”

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Sir. Lightwood added: “We are rebuilding the trust of the electorate and people are ready for a fresh start. They are tired of all Boris Johnson’s lies and deceptions and we offer the alternative vision.”

Asked if the success would translate into other red wall seats across the north, he said, “I think we can be sure of that.”

Namita Singh |24 June 2022 05:27

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‘This result is absolutely overwhelming,’ says Foord

Richard Foord, Liberal Democrat winner from Tiverton and Honiton, told The independent that the party did not expect a victory on this scale.

“This result is absolutely overwhelming,” he said. “We did not expect a victory, let alone a victory of this scale.

“We had noticed that momentum has shifted from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats during this campaign and especially in recent days due to the very positive agenda we were setting, but this is absolutely seismic. , we have overthrown the largest majority in after election history.

“There is a very clear trend in the blue wall circles that people are looking at the proposals of the positive Liberal Democrats and voting for Lib Dems.

“I certainly think some conservatives for life could not bear the thought of voting for the Conservative Party while led by Boris Johnson, and so in terms of maintaining their support, no matter what happens in the Conservative Party’s internal policy, I will work really, really hard to represent every single ingredient. ”

Namita Singh |24 June 2022 05:12

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Labor and Lib Dems are urged to work together in the parliamentary elections

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

She urged Keir Starmer and Ed Davey to work together, adding: “Labor and Lib Dems must not rest on their laurels, repeating this success will be much more difficult in a parliamentary election. Our poll shows they will have to work together to defeat the government.”

Namita Singh |June 24, 2022 at 05.00

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Davey: ‘The public is tired of Johnson’s lies and crimes’

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey, slammed the Conservatives after his party secured a landslide victory in Tiverton and Honiton.

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

“This should be a wake-up call for all the Conservative MPs who support Boris Johnson. They can not 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 crimes, and it’s time for Conservative MPs to finally do the right thing and fire him.”

Namita Singh |24 June 2022 04:58

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