Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered heavy defeats in two by-elections: The Tories lost in by-elections for one seat each in both the Tiverton and Honiton constituency in south-west England and the Wakefield constituency in northern England on Thursday.
The Conservatives lost Tiverton and Honiton, where they had been MPs for more than a hundred years, to the Liberal Democrats, according to results released early Friday morning. In Wakefield the Labor Party prevailed. The elections were seen as a mood test for Johnson, who is under a lot of pressure because of the affair about parties at the seat of government during the corona lockdown.
The Tiverton and Honiton by-election was made necessary because MP Neil Parish withdrew in April following complaints that he had been watching porn on his mobile phone in Parliament. The Wakefield by-election was called after MP Imran Ahmad Khan withdrew after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.