Rishi Singh has avoided a clean sweep of the by-election after capturing Uxbridge and South Ruislip in a night of three votes.
I was disappointed. Conservative party That they would lose the west London seat, along with Selby and Anstey in North Yorkshire and Somerton and Frome in Somerset.
But the expansion of the vote dominated in West London. Ultra Low Emission Zone – ULEZ – in the area by laborerSadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
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it means Mr. Sink Avoid becoming the first prime minister since Harold Wilson in 1968 to lose three by-elections in one go.
Sir Keir Starmer There will be disappointment in not getting a West London seat. The majority before voting was around 7,000 – and at one point in the campaign the Labor candidate Danny Bales had an eight-point lead over the Tories’ Steve Tuckwell.
Mr Tuckwell walked away with a majority of 495 votes – and claimed Mr Khan had “lost Labor this election” after winning 13,965 to Labour’s 13,470.
At the other end of the country, in North Yorkshire, Labor sealed its biggest ever by-election win – overturning a Conservative lead of almost 20,000 – with 16,456 to 12,295.
The party threw considerable resources into the Selby and Anstey seat, which was not on its target list before the snap vote was called when former MP Nigel Adams stepped aside.
But Conservative voters appeared to stay at home – down almost 22,000 votes from 2019 – allowing Labor to take the seat with a 23.7-point swing.
There was more grim reading for the Tories in Somerton and Frome in Somerset. Liberal Democrats Overturned a majority of 19,213, reclaiming a seat they had held until 2015.
Labor secure record wins in Selby and Anstey
The Lib Dems won Somerton and Frome.
The Conservatives hold Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
Earlier in the night, the Conservatives were downplaying the prospect of taking any of the three seats.
The Lib Dems were so confident of their lead in Somerton and Frome, they declared victory before all ballot boxes were opened to begin counting.
The Conservatives’ expectation management seems to have worked for them – and they can now claim Boris Johnson’s election win in his old seat as a victory, a rare by-election win for the government, and a condemnation of Sir Keir as a leader.
Labor is now claiming that Oxbridge and South Ruislip dominating the local issue does not represent the feeling of the whole of Britain.
A Labor spokesman said: “It was always going to be an uphill battle in a seat that had never had a Labor MP, and we didn’t win in 1997 either.
“We know the Conservatives have hurt working people hard by destroying the economy, so it’s no surprise that the ULEZ expansion was a concern for voters here in the by-election.”
The by-election came after Mr Johnson, Mr Adam and David Warburton stood down from their seats amid the scandal and were stripped of honours.