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Johnson’s Party Loses Seat in Midterm Elections

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has lost the North Shropshire by-elections. The loss is painful because the Tories normally win this constituency with great force majeure.

 

However, the Liberal Democrats now got the most votes. The loss is seen as a clear signal that voters are fed up with the recent scandals of Johnson and his party.

In 2019, Conservative candidate Owen Paterson won the district’s parliamentary seat by a margin of 23,000 votes. He then received nearly 63 percent of the vote. Now Helen Morgan of the Liberal Democrats got 6,000 votes more than the number two.

The by-election was necessary after Paterson stepped down as MP in early November. According to a parliamentary committee, he had lobbied for companies for a fee, thereby breaking parliamentary rules.

“Tonight, the people of North Shropshire have spoken on behalf of all the British people,” Morgan said in her victory speech. “And they said loud and clear, ‘Boris Johnson, the party’s over.'”

Morgan was referring to the fuss that has arisen in the United Kingdom in recent weeks about various parties that Johnson employees would have organized last year. At the same time, the strict corona measures at the time did not actually allow that.

For example, it came out on Thursday that Johnson would have attended a party last spring in the garden of his official residence in Downing Street. British media also recently reported on other violations by Johnson and his team of their own corona rules. That is how it would have gone wrong at several Christmas parties a year ago.

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