Voters are going to vote in two major by-elections.


Oters will go to the polls in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton by-elections, both of which began after former Conservative MPs resigned following insults.

The election is being seen as a major test for Boris Johnson’s leadership, two weeks after his own 148 MPs voted in favor of his removal in a vote of confidence.

In Wakefield, a former West Yorkshire industrial area, former Conservative MP Imran Ahmed Khan resigned after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy and jailed for 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 Wall seats the Tories won in the 2019 general election after being a Labor stronghold since the 1930s, but Labor is now hoping to take it back.

In Devon’s 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 are a major challenger in this rural southwestern constituency, where they are hoping to win by-elections in North Shopshire in December and in Chesham and Emersham a year earlier.

The Lib Dems victory would require the elimination of the 24,239 Conservative majority, but party leader Sir Ed Dewey believed he was “neck and neck” with the Tories at the time of the vote.

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

Residents are “fed up with Boris Johnson’s lies and neglect,” he said when asked to support his party’s candidate, former soldier Richard Ford.

“Farmers have been sold through foreign trade deals, people are struggling for access to GPs and dentists, and local roads and schools have been left in ruins.

“Families are facing rising petrol bills and food prices, and the government’s only response is to keep raising taxes on them.”

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

In a video shared on social media on Wednesday, Mr Johnson appeared with a candidate on a farm, saying the party was working to “protect our wonderful food and farming industry and the” wonderful agricultural sector “. Is.

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 lives, and could provoke further backlash against his authority.

With the Tories facing a tough challenge to retain the Wakefield seat, Labor is now struggling to reverse the 3,358-seat 2019 Conservative majority.

Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed raised eyebrows last week, arguing that voters should still trust the party after Mr Khan’s conviction for rape, as he was a GP despite the crimes of the mass murderer Herald Shipman. Trust

Labor leader Sir Kerr Starmer has said that victory in the northern constituency 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

At the start of the poll, he said: “People are fed up with Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party, which makes big promises but never keeps them.

Labor candidate Simon Lightwood has launched a positive campaign – a plan to attract well-paying jobs and investments in Wakefield, to bring more police to the streets to deal with anti-social behavior, and the National Insurance Struggling to end the unjust increase.

“But voting for someone other than Labor will take Boris Johnson off the hook. The people of Wakefield have a chance to send a message to the Tories that it’s over.

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

Former Lib Dam leader Sir Vince Cable said the loss to the Tories “probably doesn’t matter” and that Mr Johnson’s position as prime minister was “valued”.

Sir Vance told the PA News Agency: “He is very good at escaping from narrow corners.

“I think the real problem for the Tory government is the end of the year when the economy is getting worse and worse and we have inflation, potential recession, pound depreciation, government budget under maximum pressure.”

Polling stations for both by-elections will be open on Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the results expected on Friday from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m.