Boris Johnson Suffers First Big Defeat as Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has suffered his first big defeat as Prime Minister losing the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election – reducing his working majority to just one.

The Tories were swept aside in the mid-Wales seat by a resurgent Lib Dems campaign which saw the party’s Welsh leader Jane Dodds elected.

Ms Dodds won the seat with 13,826 votes- delivering a heavy blow to the PM after a record 60% of the electorate turned out, the highest in a by-election for 22 years.

Disgraced former MP Chris Davies, whose conviction and recall petition prompted the election narrowly lost out with 12,401.

The defeat also earned the newly-elected Conservative leader an unwanted record.

Mr Johnson is now the prime minister who has lost a by-election the earliest since the Second World War – just eight days into his premiership.

The Brexit Party came third with 3,331 votes and Labour, who saw their share of the vote fall by 12.4%, were beaten dismally into fourth.

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SOURCE: The Mirror, Oliver Milne and Toby Meyjes