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LABOUR CLAIMS DOUBLE BY-ELECTION VICTORY TURNING OVER TWO CONSERVATIVE SEATS

Labour is celebrating after winning two seats with huge Conservative majorities after by-elections in Tamworth and Mid-Bedfordshire.

The results are a major blow to prime minister Rishi Sunak and are thought to be significant for both parties ahead of the next general election, which is likely to take place next year.

In Tamworth, the Tories were defending a majority of 19,600, however, a 23.9 Labour saw that wiped out. This was Labour’s second-highest-ever by-election swing.

Mid Bedfordshire witnessed the largest Tory majority ever overturned by Labour at a by-election since 1945.

The Conservatives had held the seat since 1931 and had won with a majority of 24,664 in 2019.

The new MP for Tamworth is Sarah Edwards, whilst Alistair Strathern will oversee Mid-Bedfordshire.

Rishi Sunak is currently in Saudi Arabia, where he learned of the results on the anniversary of Liz Truss resigning as prime minister.

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