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UK Conservatives lose 2 elections in blow to PM Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership of the Conservative party suffered a heavy double blow as voters rejected the Tories in two by-elections

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's leadership of the Conservative party suffered a heavy double blow as voters rejected the Tories in two by-elections.

In the the southwestern constituency of Tiverton and Honiton, the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Conservative majority to win, while the main opposition Labour Party reclaimed Wakefield in northern England.

The contests, triggered by the resignations of Conservatives hit by scandals, offered voters the chance to give their verdict on the prime minister just weeks after 41% of his own MPs cast their ballots against him

Losing both special elections will increase jitters among restive Conservatives who already worry the ebullient but erratic and divisive Johnson is no longer an electoral asset.

Labour candidate Simon Lightwood speaks to media, after winning the Wakefield by-election, following the by-election count at Thornes Park Stadium in Wakefield, West Yorkshire Friday, June 24, 2022. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Imran Ahmad Khan following his conviction for sexual assault. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
The Liberal Democrats' by-election candidate Richard Foord, right, and the Conservative by-election candidate Helen Hurford, left, are seen at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, in Crediton, Devon, England, for the result of the Tiverton and Honiton by-election, which was triggered by the resignation of MP Neil Parish for watching pornography in the Commons, Thursday June 23, 2022.(Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signs the visitors book while visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, Thursday June 23, 2022. Leaders of Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), hosted by different member countries on a rotating basis. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)