Boris Johnson suffered a double whammy as the Tories suffered two by-election defeats in his first test at the polls since a deadly no-confidence vote.
The Tories saw a majority of 24,000, or 40.6 per cent, in the Devon seat of Tiverton and Honiton evaporate – an upset record for the party – as the Liberal Democrats triumphed.
In Wakefield, the Red Wall constituency in West Yorkshire snapped up by the Tories in 2019, it was Labor who won.
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It was the second election massacre for the Prime Minister this year after the Tories lost nearly 500 council seats at the beginning of last month.
Mr Johnson has come under pressure from the partygate scandal as well as the cost of living crisis which is squeezing UK household budgets.
This pressure intensified when a vote of no confidence saw 148 Tory MPs opposing him.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Wakefield has shown the country has lost faith in the Tories.
“This result is a clear judgment on a Conservative Party running out of energy and ideas.”
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: “The Liberal Democrats made political history with this stunning victory.
“This should be a wake-up call for all those Tory MPs who support Boris Johnson. They cannot afford to ignore this outcome.
“The public is fed up with Boris Johnson’s lies and offenses and it’s time Tory MPs finally do the right thing and sack him.”
The by-elections, both in constituencies without permission, came on the sixth anniversary of the Brexit referendum.
They were each triggered by the resignations of Tory MPs: in Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish resigned after admitting watching pornography on his mobile phone in the House of Commons; in Wakefield, Imran Ahmad Khan has resigned after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
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