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This is the verdict of constituents in the South East London constituency that the Tories have held despite damning headlines on an alleged Downing Street lockdown Christmas and fury at MPs’ second jobs. The vote in the Tories’ safe seat was the first in a series of closely watched by-elections with North Shropshire voters heading to the polls on Thursday to choose a replacement for Owen Paterson, who resigned after breaking lobbying rules .

Voters for Old Bexley and Sidcup elected Louie French to Parliament, with the 33-year-old winning 11,189 votes, against Daniel Francis of Labor who received 6,711.

The Conservatives’ majority of 19,000 as of 2019 was reduced to 4,478 with a 34% turnout cut while Labor enjoyed a 10% change.

North Shropshire’s majority in 2019 was 22,949 with a turnout of 68%, with Labor lagging behind with 12,495 votes.

Residents of Mr French’s London suburb siege have suggested the Tories may be able to weather the recent storms.


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Elizabeth Murray, Director of Bexley Country Market, said: “Some people would be affected by what is going on in the media – things about the Christmas party, things about where they don’t agree with what. happening with Covid.

“But I think it was a little problem. We’re pretty happy with the performance we got.

“There are a lot of negative things with Boris, but there are negative things with everyone in government.

“I would hate to be Boris. I think with Covid, even with Starmer or whoever else came in, they would still have tough issues with Covid.”



Ben Wood, Labor candidate in the North Shropshire by-election (Image: Getty)

Neil Shastri-Hurst, North Shropshire by-election candidate

Neil Shastri-Hurst, Conservative by-election candidate (Image: Getty)

She described Labor’s 10 percent swing as a “coup”, adding that initially she viewed Sir Keir positively, but now believes the Labor leader has flip-flopped on Covid.

Elizabeth added: “He was okay with everything [the Government] done with Covid and now he’s saying things are wrong. “

Bexley junkyard junkyard John Taylor reduced the reduced majority to a mid-term punishment for Mr Johnson’s government, adding that any party in power at this point would have suffered the same.

Coffee chain owner Clifford Eton said he was happy with the way the government handled his business during the pandemic.

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He added: “Anyone in his position, because of the pandemic and Brexit, would be hard pressed.”

But Mr Eton explained that Mr French must fight the small business corner, protect the police and oppose road charges to maintain his support.

In contrast, Labor supporter Paula Woodcock said she was thrilled with the swing, but admitted Labor could not have won the real blue seat.

In North Shropshire, internal Labor polls put the Tories at 40 percent, Labor at 33 percent and the Liberal Democrats at 11 percent.

People shop in Oswestry on a bad winter day as candidates in the North Shropshire by-election campaign for the votes

People shop in Oswestry as candidates campaign for the votes (Image: Getty)

However, a Lib Dem analysis of postal voting data led party insiders to insist that the Conservative vote fell from 52% to 44% while it fell from 32 to 38%.

Nationally, Sir Keir’s party opened a huge lead in the polls, with 41% of Labor up 3 percentage points, and the Tories at 32%, down four, in their largest advance in an Opinium survey since February 2014.

Adam Drummond, Associate Director of Opinium, said: “While the change is important, it is important to remember a few key points.

“Firstly, Boris Johnson is the comeback king, and we’ve seen him recover from tough poll situations.

“Second, Labor still has key brand issues, with many voters not trusting them when it comes to the economy, and some voters are cynical about whether Keir Starmer is strong enough for the top job.

“Perhaps this is the reason why so many Tory voters are looking to the undecided rather than directly to the Labor Party. However, unless the Tories can quickly overturn these numbers, the backing MPs ban could start asking if the party is over for the prime minister. “

The North Shropshire by-election candidates listed in alphabetical order of last name are:

Suzie Akers Smith – Independent

Andrea Christabel Allen – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

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Martin Edward Daubney – The Festival of Reconquest

Russell Fraser Dean – The Party

James Alexander Elliot – Heritage Day

Howling Laud Hope – The Official Crazy Mad Monsters Party

Earl Elvis Phillippe Jesse – Alliance for Freedom. The real alternative

Yolande Ann Kenward – Independent

Duncan Alistair Kerr – Green Party

Lilian Helen Margaret Morgan – Liberal Democrats

Neil Shastri-Hurst – The Conservative Party

Kirsty Rebecca Walmsley – Reform UK

Ben Wood – Labor Party

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