The Tories are at risk of losing more than both by-elections

The Independent says BORIS JOHNSON has survived the verdict of his own MPs – for the time being at least.

The Tories are at risk of losing more than both by-elections

The Independent says BORIS JOHNSON has survived the verdict of his own MPs – for the time being at least. But on Thursday he faces the judgement of the electorate in two key parliamentary by-elections at opposite ends of England, in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton.

The verdict from the ballot boxes may not be so kind for the prime minister. Certainly, his party faces a severe challenge in retaining the Wakefield seat. One of the so-called “red wall” seats that the Conservatives gained in 2019 – after not having been victorious locally since 1931 – the party is defending a relatively small seven-and-a-half point majority.

A swing of a little less than 4 per cent from Conservative to Labour would be sufficient for Sir Keir Starmer to reclaim the seat and register his party’s first by-election gain under his leadership.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/by-election-tiverton-honiton-wakefield-john-curtice-tories-b2106810.html

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