UK ‘heading for Labour government’ with Tories ‘imploding’, says Keir


Sir Keir Starmer celebrated Simon Lightwood’s win over the Tories in Wakefield (Picture: PA)

Sir Keir Starmer said he is sure the next government will be a Labour one after Brits voted with ‘no confidence in the Conservatives’.

Last night saw the Tories lose Tiverton and Honiton to the Lib Dems while Labour regained control of Wakefield in key by-elections.

The elections were triggered after two disgraced Conservative MPs resigned – Neil Parish, for Tiverton & Honiton, who was caught watching porn in the House of Commons, and Imran Ahmad Khan, of Wakefield, who was jailed for sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

Labour’s Simon Lightwood won Wakefield with 13,166 votes in total – 4,925 more votes than his Conservative opponent Nadeem Ahmed.

Sir Keir was in great spirits as he called the victory in West Yorkshire a ‘historic by-election’.

Speaking to the market town of Ossett, the Labour leader said: ‘The Tory Party is absolutely imploding.

‘They know they’re out of ideas and they’re out of touch. If they had any decency they’d get out of the way for the next Labour government because what happened here in Wakefield was people exercising their judgment on this Conservative government and voting no confidence.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer meets with new Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood as the party reclaimed the West Yorkshire seat from the Conservatives in the Wakefield by-election.

Sir Keir said Labour’s win in Wakefield means the Tory party ‘is imploding’ (Picture: PA)

He continued: ‘That tells you that the next government is going to be a Labour government, and the sooner the better – because the country voted yesterday in both by-elections, no confidence in this out-of-touch, out-of-ideas Government.’

Boris Johnson won an 80-seat majority just two and a half years ago, which has has now fallen to 68.

The prime minister responded to the results this morning, saying he will ‘listen to voters’ who are ‘going through a tough time’.

He said: ‘It’s absolutely true we’ve had some tough by-election results, they’ve been, I think, a reflection of a lot of things, but we’ve got to recognise voters are going through a tough time at the moment.

‘I think, as a Government, I’ve got to listen to what people are saying, in particular to the difficulties people are facing over the cost of living, which, I think, for most people is the number one issue.

‘We’re now facing pressures on the cost of living, we’re seeing spikes in fuel prices, energy costs, food costs – that’s hitting people.’

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