Boris Johnson has been dealt a significant blow this morning with the loss of two by-elections. Labour took back the red wall seat of Wakefield with a 12.7% swing and the Lib Dems took Tiverton and Honiton with a massive swing of almost 30%.
The double defeat, in two very different constituencies, is a hit to the PM’s reputation as a vote winner – a key factor in his MPs’ minds when they consider if he is the man to lead them into the next election.
Boris loyalist Oliver Dowden resigned as party chairman this morning saying the Tories could not carry on with business as usual and “somebody must take responsibility”.
The PM has promised to listen to what people are saying but pledged to “keep going”.
With Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer saying the result shows the country has lost confidence in the Tories and his Lib Dem counterpart Sir Ed Davey hailing “the biggest by-election victory our country has ever seen”, Chris Hopkins of our sister company Savanta ComRes gives his top 10 takeaways from Boris’ bad night:
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