Good morning and welcome to the politics liveblog. I’ll be holding the fort for the early shift, earlier than the unparalleled Andrew Sparrow takes over in a while.
The massive information in a single day was that the Liberal Democrats’ candidate, Jane Dodds, gained the seat of Brecon and Radnorshire within the byelection, reducing Johnson’s Commons majority to at least one.
The Liberal Democrats gained 13,826 votes, with the Conservatives taking 12,401, a slender majority of 1,425 that overturned the Tories’ earlier majority of greater than 8,000. It was a sobering night time for the Labour celebration (1,680 votes), which was crushed into fourth place by the Brexit celebration (3,331), and solely simply held on to its deposit. Ukip got here final behind the Monster Raving Loony Occasion.
The defeat shall be a significant blow to the Tories and shall be seized on as an indication voters are involved by Boris Johnson’s pledge to go away the EU with out a deal if essential.
In her acceptance speech, Dodds stated that the vote “despatched a robust message to Westminster: we demand higher” and stated her first act as MP could be “to search out Boris Johnson, wherever he’s hiding, and inform him loud and clear: cease taking part in with the futures of our communities and rule out a no-deal Brexit.”
Ed Davey, the Lib Dem MP for Kingston and Surbiton, stated: “It’s an enormous consequence. Not solely is it the Liberal Democrats again in Wales and continues the momentum we had within the locals and Europeans but it surely’s large for the celebration arithmetic over Brexit The Brecon and Radnorshire by-election was the front-line of the cease Brexit marketing campaign. That is going to make Boris Johnson’s job that rather more troublesome and for these of us who’re determined to cease Brexit it’s a vital second.”
The Lib Dem chief, Jo Swinson, will go to Brecon and Radnorshire this morning at 9am, and we shall be looking ahead to remark and response from MPs because the day unfolds.
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