Tiverton and Honiton by-election: Lib Dems take seaton June 24, 2022 at 3:28 am

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The Liberal Democrats win the by-election, overturning a Conservative majority of more than 24,000.

Election announcement

The Liberal Democrats have won the Tiverton and Honiton by-election, overturning a Conservative majority of more than 24,000.

Richard Foord won the seat with more than 22,000 votes.

Mid Devon District Council said a total of 42,707 votes were cast and the turnout was 52.3%.

The by-election was triggered when former Conservative MP Neil Parish resigned his seat after admitting watching pornography in Parliament.

Election count

Mr Foord said it was an “extraordinary and historic result which has sent a shockwave through British politics”.

He said: “Tonight the people of Britain have spoken.

“They’ve sent a loud and clear message: it’s time for Boris Johnson to go and go now.”

Mr Foord took the seat with 22, 537 votes, beating his nearest rival, Conservative Helen Hurford, who polled 16,393.

The swing of almost 30% from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Mr Foord secure a majority of 6,144.

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