Boris Johnson’s party suffered a heavy defeat in an election in North Shropshire, a Conservative stronghold for 200 years
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s Conservative Party suffered a heavy defeat and lost one of its strongholds in the election for the seat vacated by Owen Paterson, who was forced to resign for violating lobbying rules in North Shropshire.
Liberal Democrat candidate Helen Morgan won the constituency in North Shropshire, a Conservative stronghold for nearly 200 years, with 47 percent of the vote, according to the official results.
Speaking after his election victory, Morgan said: “Today the people of North Shropshire have spoken on behalf of the British. “Boris Johnson, your party is over,” he said plainly. Your government, built on lies and slander, will be held accountable. What they did will be examined, you will be held accountable and you will be defeated.”
Patterson had held that seat since 1997 and was forced to resign due to a political scandal. She had obtained 62.7% of the votes in the last elections held in 2019.
According to the election result, the Liberal Democrats received the support of the opposition Labor Party voters.
“I will vote for the Liberal Democrats because I am uncomfortable with Johnson’s performance,” Martin Hill, 68, a citizen who usually votes for the Labor Party, told AFP. This will be a tactical choice. “I want to teach Johnson a lesson,” he said.