North Shropshire by-election: Lib Dems beat Tories in bruising loss for Johnson

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he Liberal Democrats have overturned an enormous Tory majority to win the North Shropshire by-election in a seismic victory that can pile additional stress on Boris Johnson

In one of the complete by-election defeats in current many years, Lib Dem Helen Morgan seized what was an ultra-safe seat for the Conservatives by 5,925 votes.

The Prime Minister’s authority was dealt one other blow with the swing to the Lib Dems a large 34% in the poll triggered by the resignation of Owen Paterson.

The previous minister had a near-23,000 majority in the West Midlands constituency in the 2019 common election when the Mr Johnson achieved a landslide, however assist evaporated because the Tories battle damning allegations on a number of fronts.

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Not solely was the vote triggered by the sleaze scandal centred on Mr Paterson, it got here after the beleaguered Prime Minister has been battered by claims of lockdown-breaching events in Downing Avenue.

And the defeat will cap a torrid week that included the huge riot Conservative backbenchers dealt Mr Johnson on Tuesday over his new coronavirus restrictions because the Omicron variant surged.

Ms Morgan received 17,957 votes, trouncing Tory candidate Neil Shastri-Hurst into second on 12,032.

“Tonight, the folks of North Shropshire have spoken on behalf of the British folks. They’ve stated loudly and clearly, ‘Boris Johnson, the occasion is over’,” Ms Morgan stated in her victory speech.

“Your Authorities, run on lies and bluster, will likely be held accountable. It will likely be scrutinised, will probably be challenged and it may and will likely be defeated.”

North Shropshire had returned a Tory MP in each vote since 1983, which was the constituency’s first election in its present type.

However the Brexit-backing space has been true blue, solely twice voting for one other color, because the Conservative Social gathering’s inception in 1830.

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