UK ruling Conservatives lose safe seat in major upset

Dame Cheryl Gillan arriving for meeting being held at 10 Downing Street who died at the weekend after a long illness

Dame Cheryl Gillan arriving for meeting being held at 10 Downing Street who died at the weekend after a long illness

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered an embarrassing defeat when his Conservative Party lost a parliamentary by-election on the outskirts of London, just a few miles from his own seat.

On Wednesday, Sarah Green, the candidate for the Liberal Democrats - a centrist, pro-European Union party - won a majority of 8,028 votes over the Conservative candidate. "Here and in great swathes of the country, only the Liberal Democrats can beat the Conservatives and breach their Blue Wall". She added around 30 percentage points to the party's result from the 2019 general election.

Since the referendum in 2016, Brexit has helped reshape the UK's political landscape, with people shifting their loyalty to the party in ways they haven't in generations.

Chesham and Amersham are leafy, prosperous towns that are synonymous with traditional Conservative territory, in much the same way that the post-industrial towns in northern England have identified with the opposition Labour Party.

"I think there's some misunderstanding about the planning reforms, perhaps even some wilful misunderstanding", he said.

Johnson's parliamentary seat is just ten miles away, in West London.

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"Across the south, the Tory Blue Wall is beginning to crumble", he said in a statement. Having secured that, Johnson has managed to capture more support in Labour's heartland by promising to "level up" Britain through big infrastructure spending and other initiatives.

Asked about the result, Conservative Minister of State Kit Malthouse told Sky News: "We would have hoped for a better results.it's tough and disappointing".

The reasons for the Conservatives' defeat are unclear although local issues featured heavily.

The defeated candidate, Peter Fleet, acknowledged the Conservatives had to rebuild "trust and understanding" with voters. Voters have repeatedly expressed concerns about a high-speed rail link running through the area and London with major northern England cities such as Birmingham and Manchester as well as Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland You must call.

Britain's ruling Conservative party suffered a major upset in a by-election result announced today, losing a safe seat it had held for almost 50 years.

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