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Boris Johnson, 57, will next week hope to cling onto the Brexit-backing safe Tory seat of North Shropshire following the resignation of former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson, 65, over sleaze allegations. But the Prime Minister suffered an electoral setback last night after the Conservative Party lost three local council by-elections.
The news comes as Sir Keir Starmer, 59, leads Labour to a four to six point lead in the opinion polls following the recent revelations about Downing Street staff allegedly holding a festive party last Christmas.
However, the Tory Party received a bloody nose after results came in from the Home Counties pro-Brexit seat of Bracknell and the Red Wall’s Rother Valley.
The Conservative Party, who have received support from voters in Bracknell ever since the seat was created in 1997, lost out to Labour in the district’s Old Bracknell (Bracknell Forest) ward.
The Labour Party, who increased their vote share by 23.2 percent, took the ward with 61.1 percent of the vote.
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Whereas, the Tory Party slumped by 9.3 percent down to just 38.9 percent.
The Liberal Democrats, who obtained almost 14 percent of the vote in the last contest, stood down from Thursday’s by-election.
Defeat in the south east comes just one week after the Tory Party lost control of Worthing Borough Council.
However, the party also witnessed defeat in one of the ex-Labour seats Boris painted blue in 2019.
Rother Valley, which before 2019 had never elected a Conservative to the Commons, appeared to turn its back on Boris Johnson’s party in the by-election contests of Anston & Woodsetts and Aughton & Swallownest.
The Labour Party came out on top in Aughton & Swallownest after increasing its vote share by over 10 points to almost 50 percent.
The Tories trailed behind in second place on just 38.3 percent.
But it was the Liberal Democrats who claimed victory in Anston & Woodsetts.
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The Liberal Democrat candidate managed to increase their vote share by 16.6 percent, raising their overall tally to 38.6 percent.
The Conservative candidate yet again finished in second on 26.1 percent.
Sir Ed Davey, 55, will hope to emulate their success in Rotherham next Thursday when voters in North Shropshire go to the polls to decide who will succeed Mr Paterson in the Commons.
Mr Davey’s party will also be buoyed by the bookies who recently installed the Liberal Democrats as the favourites to take the seat.
Defeat next Thursday would come as a major blow to Mr Johnson who is facing pressure on his flat refurbishment, Downing Street parties and vaccine passports.
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