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The conservatives were behind by almost 11,000 votes, and although their defeat was expected, no one expected such a large proportion.
Labour’s Samantha Dixon won the British by-election in Chester, where she had been an opposition representative until now. The winner retained his party’s mandate with 17,309 votes, almost 11,000 more people voted for him than the conservative candidate, which – with 41.2 percent participation – means a 61 percent victory, writes the Sky News.
According to analysts, the ruling party achieved a disappointing result in Chester, which is remarkable because it was the first test since Boris Johnson and then Liz Truss were forced to leave the prime minister’s seat. And the difference became significantly larger than in 2019, the then candidate won with only 6,164 votes. According to the figures, it was the worst result for the Conservatives in Chester since 1832, with their candidate Liz Wardlaw receiving just 6,335 votes, a result of 22.4 per cent.
Samantha Dixon called the success “resoundingly empowering”, noting that people want to make a change because they are “worried about losing their homes, because they can’t afford the mortgage or the rent, they’re worried about being able to turn on the heat , they worry about whether they can put food on the table for their family”.
Sky News’ chief political correspondent Jon Craig says the by-election is “ominous” for the Conservatives at the next election, but says it would be a mistake to blame new prime minister Rishi Sunak for this disastrous result at the moment.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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