By-election news – live: Tories lose both seats as Labor take Wakefield and Lib Dems win Tiverton & Honiton

Boris Johnson fails to deny he offered Carrie Symonds top job

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

With both results coming in quick succession in the small hours of Friday, Labor’s Simon Lightwood won the Wakefield by-election, becoming Labor’s newest MP after gaining 13,166 votes, compared to 8,241 for Conservative candidate Nadeem Ahmed.

The Liberal Democrats then won the Tiverton and Honiton by-election to overturn a staggering 24,000 Conservative votes.

A spokesperson added: “This is a historic victory for the Liberal Democrats and a devastating blow for those Conservative MPs who continue to prop up Boris Johnson.”

Turnout in the Wakefield by-election was 39.09 per cent, while 52.3 per cent of Tiverton and Honiton’s electorate cast their votes.


‘You are unfit to lead’: Foord slams Johnson after by-election results

Former army major Richard Foord, speaking after the sweeping victory for Liberal Democrats in Tiverton and Honiton by-election, says that the “historic result has sent a shockwave through British politics”.

The people of Tiverton and Honiton have sent a loud and clear message… It’s time for Boris Johnson to go.

Richard Ford

“Our country is crying out for leadership, I served as an officer in the British army for ten years, Mr Johnson, and I can tell you that acting in leadership means acting with integrity.

“Your behaviour, Mr Johnson, makes a mockery of leadership. By any measure, you are unfit to lead.”

Namita Singh24 June 2022 04:17



The Liberal Democrats have swept to victory in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election in a crushing defeat for Boris Johnson’s Conservative party.

Former army major Richard Foord managed to overturn a gargantuan margin of 24,239 votes to become the Liberal Democrats fourteenth MP. His victory is the first time since the historic seat was created in 1997 that Tiverton and Honiton has not been blue.

Katy Clifton24 June 2022 04:11



Labor has won the Wakefield by-election, taking back the red wall seat won by the Tours in 2019.

Katy Clifton24 June 2022 03:59


Helen Hurford arrives in Crediton

Helen Hurford, the Tory candidate for Tiverton and Honiton, arrived at the election count in Crediton at around 3.30am, where she is projected to lose the previously safe Conservative seat.

According to the Press Association, Ms Hurford has locked herself in the room previously reserved for media interviews at the constituency’s election count in a sports center in Crediton.

Ms Hurford declined to answer questions from the waiting press, instead of opting for a closed-door interview with Devon Live.

Katy Clifton24 June 2022 03:49


We’re touching closer to getting the results in both by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton.

Excitement is building here at the Tiverton count with the Lib Dem team expected to make an entrance in the next fifteen minutes. The Wakefield result is expected any minute and the Tiverton result is expected around 4:30am or perhaps even earlier.

The Tiverton results will be read out in alphabetical order meaning the Lib Dem candidate Richard Foord’s vote count will be announced first. This will be followed by the Tory candidate Helen Hurford’s results and then Labor’s Liz Pole.

(The Independent)

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 03:40


Tories braced for trouble as votes counted in crunch by-elections

Boris Johnson faces the potential loss of two Tory seats as votes are counted in by-elections which could lead to further questions about his leadership.

Ballots were cast in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton after contests triggered by Conservative MPs resigning in disgrace.

With Labor challenging in the red wall seat in West Yorkshire and the Liberal Democrats hoping to overturn a huge Conservative majority in Devon, defeat for the Tories will heap pressure on Mr Johnson just weeks after 41% of his own MPs said they did not have confidence in him .

Mr Johnson has suggested it would be “crazy” for him to quit if the party lost the two seats, and claimed he was “very hopeful” about the results.

Read the full piece here:

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 03:31


Does the PM really use his bizarre comments to manipulate search engine findings?

We all know Boris Johnson says odd things from time to time. It’s part of a carefully crafted political persona that seems to go down well with a lot of voters – at least until he starts chuntering about Peppa Pig to the Confederation of British Industry.

But this week I came across an intriguing theory that has made me completely rethink the way I look at the PM’s peculiar use of anecdotes and allusions. It comes from Gareth Morgan of Liberty Marketing Group, who used an article for Open Democracy to analyze some of Mr Johnson’s comments from a digital marketing perspective.

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 03:15


‘Voters are sick of Boris Johnson’

Labor MP Darren Jones said likely wins for his party in Wakefield and the Liberal Democrats in Tiverton & Honiton was a sign that voters were “sick” of Boris Johnson and the Conservatives.

Speaking from the election count in Devon, Mr Jones said: “There is a similar story between Tiverton & Honiton and Wakefield.

“Voters in the rural south west and in the north of England are sick of Boris Johnson and the Tours.”

“In both by-elections the voters are sending a message to the Conservatives that enough is enough.”

Katy Clifton24 June 2022 03:14


Tory MP: ‘It’s very normal not to win by-elections’

Andrea Jenkyns, the Conservative MP for Morley and Outwood, has said that it is normal to see big swings against the government in by-elections.

Speaking from the count in Wakefield, Ms Jenkyns said: “We have been in government for 12 years and it’s very normal not to win by-elections.”

She denied that Boris Johnson was turning voters away and said that sending migrants to Rwanda was a bigger issue on the doorstep than Partygate.

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 03:00


Lib Dems say Tiverton by-election looking like a ‘clear win’ for them

The Liberal Democrats have come out fighting with a statement saying that they are expecting a “clear win” in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election.

A spokesperson has said: “This is looking like a clear win. The people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken up for the country. This is a historic victory for the Liberal Democrats and a devastating blow for those Conservative MPs who continue to prop up Boris Johnson.”

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 02:55