three parties claim ‘massive’ result as Tories take secure seat – .

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The Tories retained their secure seat at Old Bexley and Sidcup in a closely watched by-election, but with a majority cut by more than half following a low turnout.
Conservative adviser Louie French becomes the country’s newest MP, in a victory that has been hailed as “almost unheard of” for a government in place by the Conservatives.

Mr French won 11,189 votes, more than 50% of a low turnout which saw only a third of eligible voters take the seat previously held by former Minister James Brokenshire, who died in October of the after lung cancer at the age of 53.

The closest challenger was Daniel Francis of Labor, who got 6,711 as the Tory majority was reduced from nearly 19,000 to 4,478, the equivalent of a 10 percent change in the vote for Labor .

Mr French used his acceptance speech to pay tribute to his “good friend” Brokenshire. He said: “It was a tough competition, which was conducted with dignity and respect. ”

“My goal will now be to keep the promises I made during the campaign: to get our fair share of the London police, to ensure more investment for local schools and hospitals, to protect our precious green spaces,” he said. -he adds.

Louie French celebrates victory Thursday night

(PA thread)

The Tories were convinced they would keep the constituencies of Old Bexley and Sidcup, despite Boris Johnson’s sleazy allegations and chaotic speech at the Confederation of British Industry.

Reform leader Richard Tice came in third, saying his party was now “on the upswing,” while the Greens in fourth and the Liberal Democrats in fifth both lost their deposits.

Mr Tice tweeted: ‘Many thanks to the voters of Old Bexley & Sidcup. A massive result for @reformparty_uk, 3rd with almost as many votes as the Lib Dems & Greens combined. Now there are only 5 parties to choose from in UK politics and Reform UK is the only one on the upswing. “

Participation in the contest was only 34%, down from the nearly 70% who voted in the 2019 general election.

Alongside Reforms and Tories, Labor also celebrated the results, with party sources telling the Press Association that tilting that margin in the Prime Minister’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip would be enough to oust him.

Phantom Attorney General Ellie Reeves said: “We are pleased with the outcome tonight.

“It’s a conservative stronghold somewhere that had a majority of 19,000 in the last general election, and what we’ve seen tonight is that majority has been reduced. There was a 10 percent shift to Labor tonight.

“We’ve been knocking on doors for weeks here and found many, many Tory voters who have said, in fact, I’m not going to vote for them this time, I’m going to vote for Labor.

“I think it’s clear that we are regaining people’s trust and that is a remarkable result for us in a conservative stronghold. “

She added that the swing showed that “even for voters at heart of the Conservatives, Boris Johnson’s jokes are no longer funny.”

But Conservative Vice President Justin Tomlinson told PA: “We’re absolutely thrilled. For a government to win over 50 percent of the vote in a parliamentary by-election is almost unheard of, and with a majority of over 20 percent.

He added that the result was an “absolute disaster” for the Labor Party, saying: “They do not look like a government on hold.”

Additional reports by agencies

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