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Labor calls for new elections after humbled Conservatives in Chester

Rishi Sunak was the first Prime Minister to lose an election after Labor won a majority to retain Chester’s seat in the North West of England.

Samantha Dixon, who served on the Cheshire West and Chester Council, won 17,309 votes in Thursday’s by-election. Increased.

Conservative candidate and NHS nurse Liz Wardlaw received 6,335 votes as the Tory share fell from 38.3% to 22.4%. Liberal Democrat Rob Hurd came in third with his 2,368 votes.

The by-election, which attracted a turnout of 41.2%, was the first election campaign. snack Inaugurated as prime minister in October.

After the results were announced, Dixon said Snak’s Conservative government was living “on borrowed time”. Trees to destroy the economy.

“His government has no idea or plan to deal with the big problems facing our country,” she said. “It’s time for a general election, it’s time for a Labor government.”

Allison McGovern, shadow minister for jobs and pensions and Wirral South MP, said it sent a “clear message” that people in Chester were “tired of Conservative rule”.

The vote was sparked by Chris Matheson’s resignation in October after Congress’ bullying and harassment watchdog upheld two sexual misconduct allegations against him by former staff members.

labor Front-ventures, including shadow leveling secretary Lisa Nandi and shadow transportation secretary Louise High, appear on the campaign trail alongside Dixon, who has pledged to stand up for the residents during the cost of living crisis, and the city. a “world-class retail, cultural and heritage destination” and cracks down on anti-social behavior.

The constituency was considered a safe seat for the Conservative Party for much of the 20th century until Labor’s Christine Russell was elected in 1997. She retained her seat until 2010, when Stephen Mosley won the Conservative seat.

Matheson regained the Labor Party seat by a narrow margin of 93 votes in the 2015 general election. He boosted his party’s majority in 2017, winning seats with 9,176 votes.

https://www.ft.com/content/2cd07403-093d-4f77-afbf-a453f2374f59 Labor calls for new elections after humbled Conservatives in Chester

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