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By-election news – live: Lib Dems ‘expect clear win’ in Tiverton & Honiton as Wakefield result nears



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The Liberal Democrats have said they expect to win the Tiverton and Honiton by-election in a victory which would overturn a staggering 24,000 Conservative votes.

In a bullish statement, the party has come out fighting and claimed that “this is looking like a clear win.”

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.”

Votes are still being counted at the two by-elections triggered by the resignations of disgraced Tory MPs. At 10pm last night, the polls closed for by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton.

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.

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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 analyse some of Mr Johnson’s comments from a digital marketing perspective.

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 03:15

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‘Voters are sick of Boris Johnson’

Labour 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 Tories.

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

Katy Clifton24 June 2022 03:14

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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

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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 an 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

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Lib Dem leader hints at a historic by-election win

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey has hinted that his party could be set for a historic by-election win in Tiverton and Honiton.

He cryptically tweeted: “Looks like I’m going to need a bigger hammer.”

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 02:34

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Pictured: Votes are counted in the Wakefield by-election

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Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 02:30

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Here’s a run down of what would be a good or bad result for the Tories

Political adviser and pollster James Johnson has put together his take on what would be a good and bad result for the Conservatives tonight.

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 02:15

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Counting now underway at the Tiverton and Honiton by-election

Counting of votes is now underway at the Tiverton and Honiton by-election, officials have confirmed.

Counters have spent the past three hours verifying the ballots and now move on to counting them.

Over in Wakefield, the media room has been told that a result is expected at around 4am.

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 02:06

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Case says he had talks about roles for Carrie Johnson

Simon Case has admitted that he had “an informal conversation” with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s charity about potential “opportunities” for Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie.

The Cabinet secretary revealed that in 2020 he was prompted by a now-former member of the team at No 10 to ask the Royal Foundation about a position at the Earthshot prize for Mr Johnson’s then-fiance.

But Mr Case – who has close links to the Duke of Cambridge, being his former private secretary – insisted that he had not endorsed her for any paid work.

Lamiat Sabin24 June 2022 02:00

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Voter turnout at Tiverton and Honiton by-election is 52.3 percent

Turnout in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election was 52.3 percent – a total of 42,707 votes, council officials have said.

Holly Bancroft24 June 2022 01:59



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