Voters will head to the polls this morning in two essential by-elections which might be seen as a key take a look at for Boris Johnson’s management.
In Wakefield, a former industrial space in West Yorkshire, the election was triggered by the resignation of Imran Ahmad Khan.
Wakefield was one of many so-called Purple Wall seats received by the Tories within the 2019 normal election after being a Labour stronghold for the reason that 1930s, however Labour is now hoping to take it again.
In Devon’s Tiverton & Honiton constituency, Neil Parish – the Tory MP since 2010 – additionally stepped down earlier this yr.
The Liberal Democrats are the principle challenger on this rural south-western constituency, the place they’re hoping to recreate by-election wins in North Shropshire in December and Chesham and Amersham a yr in the past.
However victory for the Lib Dems would require overturning a Conservative majority of 24,239.