Johnson suffers first defeat as PM, working majority has now fallen to just one

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The Liberal Democrats have won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election – as Boris Johnson suffered his first major defeat as prime minister.

Jane Dodds overturned an 8,038 majority to beat Conservative Chris Davies by 1,425 votes.

The result in the mid-Wales constituency is a significant blow to the new Tory leader as his working majority in parliament has now fallen to just one.

Jane Dodds, the Lib Dems’ leader in Wales, won with 43.5% of the vote, ahead of former Tory MP Chris Davies on 39% after he triggered the by-election following his conviction for submitting false expenses.

Labour were beaten into the fourth place by the Brexit Party.

Labour, which narrowly avoided losing its deposit after securing just 5.3% of the vote, were beaten into fourth place by the Brexit Party on 10.5%.

The Tory loss will add to the new PM’s challenges to steer Brexit through parliament and may increase the chances of a snap general election.

 

Via Sky News / ITV News

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