Labour Wins - Sunak's time is up?

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  • Summary

    1. Labour has won two by-elections in Wellingborough and Kingswood, overturning big Conservative majorities in the process
    2. In Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, the party took Peter Bone’s former seat, which he had held with a majority of more than 18,000
    3. And in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, Labour overturned a 11,220 Conservative majority to win Chris Skidmore’s former seat
    4. BBC elections expert John Curtice says the swing from the Conservatives to Labour in Wellingborough was the second biggest in any post-war election
    5. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says the results show "people are ready to put their faith in a changed Labour Party" but adds that he is not "complacent"
    6. But Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg blames a low turnout for the party's losses and insists Rishi Sunak's leadership is "solid" and "by-elections don't change that"
    7. Press the play button at the top of this page to watch live coverage

    8|Do not trade me a Rabbit and hand me a Hare. (I know the strain of species in Leporidae).

    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

  • You forgot the link, Echo.

    Sunak is certainly in a lot of danger here, but Rees Mogg is right to point out the low turnout. Many Conservatives stayed at home. That, together with those who used their by-election protest vote, and any ruses the PM has up his sleeve, may turn this around somewhat - but I must admit, it will be a miracle.

    Of course, Starmer may yet fall flat on his face…

  • 8|Do not trade me a Rabbit and hand me a Hare. (I know the strain of species in Leporidae).

    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

  • The Reform party finished third with 13% of the vote, its best performance at a by-election.

    The full result at Wellingborough was:Gen Kitchen (Labour) 13,844Helen Harrison (Conservative) 7,408Ben Habib (Reform) 3,919Ana Savage Gunn (Liberal Democrat) 1,422Marion Turner-Hawes (no description) 1,115Will Morris (Green) 1,020Kev Watts (Independent) 533Alex Merola (Britain First) 477Nick The Flying Brick (Monster Raving Loony)Andre Pyne-Bailey (Independent) 172Ankit Love Jay Mala (no description) 18

    Turnout was 38.0%

    Kingswood

    Labour overturned a Conservative majority of 11,220 to win the Gloucestershire seat of Kingswood, gaining a seat the party had previously held from 1992 to 2010.

    It is the sixth largest Conservative majority overturned by Labour at a by-election since the Second World War.

    The Conservatives’ share of the vote fell from 56% at the 2019 general election to 35%, while Labour jumped from 33% to 45%.

    8|Do not trade me a Rabbit and hand me a Hare. (I know the strain of species in Leporidae).

    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

  • For Wellingborough there were 21,000 conservative votes if you add up Conservatives and Reform. Thats a lot more than the Labour + Green + Lib Dem vote. Conservativism isn't dead in Wellingborough, far from it - that % for no votes is a huge amount. The conservatives lost this one, it certainly wasn't won by Labour.

  • For Wellingborough there were 21,000 conservative votes if you add up Conservatives and Reform. Thats a lot more than the Labour + Green + Lib Dem vote. Conservativism isn't dead in Wellingborough, far from it - that % for no votes is a huge amount. The conservatives lost this one, it certainly wasn't won by Labour.

    Good points. Labels/names are just a part of it. Deep down it comes to basic principled beliefs the essence of Conservatism.

    I was a leftie, Labour to my bones. Kinnock and Blair showed me the hypocrisy of Labour and politics in general. I stand for core beliefs - Rule Of Law - Freedom of expression. taxpayers have an absolute stake in resources - above illegal immigrants, criminals, and cult groups.

    8|Do not trade me a Rabbit and hand me a Hare. (I know the strain of species in Leporidae).

    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

  • 8|Do not trade me a Rabbit and hand me a Hare. (I know the strain of species in Leporidae).

    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

  • The last post is Starmer with Saville. I could not post a message with it.

    8|Do not trade me a Rabbit and hand me a Hare. (I know the strain of species in Leporidae).

    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

  • Good points. Labels/names are just a part of it. Deep down it comes to basic principled beliefs the essence of Conservatism.

    I was a leftie, Labour to my bones. Kinnock and Blair showed me the hypocrisy of Labour and politics in general. I stand for core beliefs - Rule Of Law - Freedom of expression. taxpayers have an absolute stake in resources - above illegal immigrants, criminals, and cult groups.

    The Conservatives need to learn that they will be removed at the ballot box. It’s not for them to explain why we should vote for them. It’s for us to explain why they need to change fundamentally.

    Celebrate it, Anticipate it, Yesterday's faded, Nothing can change it, Life's what you make it

  • I agree that the Conservatives need to abandon their pseudo-socialism and move back at least to centre-right politics.

    People may not like Sunak much, but I’m pretty sure they would rather have him than Starmer.

    However, it’s still too early to write off the Conservatives. What the by-elections show clearly is that an incredibly high number of Conservatives stayed at home. Reform UK also had a hand in splitting the right-wing vote.

    The big questions are, will those stay-at-home Conservatives actually get out to vote at the General Election and would they risk Labour getting in with a vote for Reform UK?

  • Perhaps Sunak is finished . I don't know.. He has been pretty useless as a leader. BUT even if Labour wins the GE , Starmer won't last long as leader, There's too many Corbyn Marxists in the party who will shaft Starmer and install an ultra Looney Left leader in his place.. It's all looking very interesting....

    The Voice of Reason

  • A leader will create a charismatic beacon that brings forth public interest.

    JFKs "ask not what your country ......" not Corbyns - "Mary from Ipswich said....." or Milibands - "I will manage the NHS better ...."

    8|Do not trade me a Rabbit and hand me a Hare. (I know the strain of species in Leporidae).

    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

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