The Tories struggled after the vote in the by-elections.


Ors Johnson faces a potential loss of two Tory seats as votes are counted in the by-elections, which could raise further questions about his leadership.

The vote came after contests in Wakefield and Tiorton and Houghton resigned after being insulted by Conservative MPs.

With the Labor challenge on the Red Wall seat in West Yorkshire and the Liberal Democrats hoping to end the Conservatives ‘overwhelming majority in Devon, the Tories’ defeat will put pressure on Mr Johnson when just a few weeks later his own 41 per cent members Parliament said it did not have confidence. in this

Mr Johnson has suggested that if the party loses two seats, it would be “crazy” for him to leave the party, and claims that he is “very optimistic” about the outcome.

Party officials observe the count at Thorns Park Stadium in Wakefield (Danny Lawson / PA) / PA Wire

The prime minister will oversee the results from Rwanda, where he is attending a summit of Commonwealth leaders.

Speaking to broadcasters in the capital, Kigali, the prime minister said: “I will watch the results with interest but always full of hope and cheerfulness, but most experienced political observers know that mid-term by-elections will never happen. Not easy. For any government. “

But despite the prime minister’s claims, a senior Tory source acknowledged that the situation was “extremely difficult” at Devon Seat, where the Conservatives were defending a majority of more than 24,000.

In Wakefield, a Labor campaign source said Sir Care Starmer’s party would win the race to replace “only” Imran Ahmed Khan, who resigned after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. – A crime for which he was sent to prison. 18 months

Former Conservative Weekfield MP Imran Ahmed Khan convicted of molesting a teenage boy (Dominic Lipinski / PA) / PA Wire

Wakefield was one of the so-called red-walled seats won by the Tories in the 2019 general election after being in labor since the 1930s.

In Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish – a Tory MP since 2010 – resigned after confessing to viewing pornographic material on his phone in the House of Commons.

The Liberal Democrats hope to win a by-election in December, taking the Tory Heartland seat in North Shopshire and a year earlier in Chesham and Emersham.

Tory Neil Parish resigns as MP for Torton and Houghton after seeing pornography in the Commons (Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament / PA) / PA Media

Lab Dam MP Christine Jardine said the party’s candidate, Richard Ford, “stood up for his local community” against “a Conservative party that values ​​people in Devon.”

“Never in the history of British politics has such a large majority been overturned in a by-election. We have said during this campaign that it is a huge mountain to climb.

“However, if the Conservative Party loses a large number of votes tonight in one of its safest seats in the country, countless Conservative MPs will be shrugging their shoulders tomorrow.”

The prime minister urged rural voters to be “ready for British food and agriculture” in support of former headteacher Tory Helen Harford.

The loss of Tory Garh will be seen as a sign of Mr Johnson’s declining electoral appeal in the aftermath of the party gate and the crisis of precious life, and could provoke further backlash against his authority.

The Tories face a tough challenge in retaining the Wakefield seat, with Labor Odds on Favor reversing the 2019 Conservative majority of 3,358.

Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed raised eyebrows last week, arguing that even after Mr Khan’s conviction for rape, voters should trust the party, as he did on the GP despite the mass murderer Heraldshipman’s crimes. Trust

Sir Care has said that the victory of Northern candidate Simon Lightwood could be the birthplace of the next Labor government.

Labor leader Sir Kerr Starmer told supporters at Wakefield that a victory there could announce the next Labor government (Dave Higgens / PA). / PA Wire

If the Conservatives lose both by-elections, it is only the seventh time since World War II that a government has suffered such a double defeat.

Shabana Mahmood, Labor’s national campaign coordinator, said: “Labor has campaigned positively with excellent candidates in both by-elections – but we know that many Tory voters need to go to Labor to win seats. Elections are difficult where low turnout is common.

“Wakefield has been a marginal constituency since Labor last won the general election, and the Conservatives have won the seat with the largest majority since 2010 – a difficult task.”