Today: Saturday, 2 March 2024 year

By-elections to the British Parliament, contrary to forecasts, were won by the Tories.

By-elections to the British Parliament, contrary to forecasts, were won by the Tories.

The Conservative Party of Great Britain managed to win by-elections to the House of Commons instead of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson who left Parliament.

 

On Thursday, elections were held in Britain in three constituencies to replace the retired Conservative MPs. According to observers, the Tories should have lost all three mandates. In that case, current Conservative leader Rishi Sunak would become the first prime minister in 55 years since Labor Harold Wilson in 1968 to lose three seats in a by-election on the same day.

In the end, the Conservative candidate still managed to win in Johnson’s former constituency – Uxbridge and South Ruislip in west London. The gap with the Labor representative was less than 500 votes.

The winner said voter anger over the driving tax (ULEZ), which is heavily promoted by Sadiq Khan, the capital’s Labor mayor, was a key factor in the fight.


The election in Somerset County in the south-west of England was won by the Liberal Democratic candidate in a landslide, with almost twice as many votes as the Conservative challenger.


Labor is still counting on victory in the constituency in North Yorkshire, where the election results have yet to be announced.