Thank you to every Labour and Green voter who gave their vote to the Lib Dems in Tiverton & Honiton and thank you to every LD and Green voter who gave their vote to Labour in Wakefield. When we work together, we win.
The Honiton & Tiverton result is stunning, Wakefield gratifying. Apart from the obviously delusional & besotted, it’s hard to see how anyone can continue to defend Lebedev’s lawbreaking lapdog by lying about vaccines or pretending that any other PM would have helped Ukraine less.
BREAKING: Nadine Dorries has vowed to privatise Wakefield, and Tiverton and Honiton, as revenge for the humiliating by-election defeats x
Politics rarely delivers unequivocal moments. Yesterday was one such. Labour achieved a much bigger swing in Wakefield than even we thought possible and the Tories were still briefing they might win in Tiverton yesterday morning. Voters dealt Johnson a decisive blow.
💥Sky correspondent in Wakefield cannot get any local Tory MP to come on, but did get this quote: "PM is being kept in power by two groups of MPs: first, those desperate to keep their ministerial positions, and second, the incurably stupid who still think he's a vote winner." ~AA
The voters of Wakefield and Tiverton have sent a clear message and I am determined to listen. The message I’m hearing is “please cling to power for as long as possible and continue to wreck the country and your party”.
Wakefield’s win will go down in history, @SimonLightwood.
I’m so proud of our Labour Party and the changes we’ve made to be a government in waiting.
Lab got 8,000 fewer votes in Wakefield than it got in its 2019 defeat. Lab is not surging. There is no enthusiasm for Starmer's party. That's actually good news for the Tories. Their key problem is that a big swathe of Tory-leaning voters are currently on strike.
I thought it would be interesting to point out that Labour lost their deposit in Tiverton and Honerton and the liberal democrats lost theirs in Wakefield.
“The Tory party is absolutely imploding” says Keir Starmer as he arrives to celebrate Labour’s success in Wakefield.
To be brutal, Labour’s win in Wakefield by-election was not good enough to put Keir Starmer on course to win next general election
Harri HM 🏳️🌈 #FBPE #StarTrek. #JohnsonOut@harriuk
Thank you #TivertonandHoniton and #Wakefield for showing the rest of us what to do!
Do not come for our Human Rights #ECHR #RightsRemovalBill
Do not come for our Workers Rights
We are ready for your Election! Bring it on
Not done a #FollowBackFriday before. Today is a good day
I’m not comforted by a Labour win of this nature in Wakefield .Labour only secured 13,000 votes - The lowest Labour vote there since 1931 and down from 18,000 votes in 2019 and 23,000 in 2017. Non voters were the clear majority yesterday . Our country isn’t a working democracy.
🧵I just want to say thank you.
Thank you for putting your trust in me to be your Member of Parliament.
This has been a historic result for Wakefield and for Labour, with a swing not seen for Labour since we were last in Government. https://t.co/33XCbHXMuR
Wakefield’s new MP Simon Lightwood out and about with Sir Keir Starmer this morning.
Think we have a right to know when he left isolation, given that on Tuesday I was told he was isolating with Covid. Strangely hasn’t been referred to at all on any of his social media accounts.
Huge congratulations to @simonlightwood
on his thumping win.
He will be a fantastic voice for the people of Wakefield🌹
Labour's Wakefield vote of 13,166 is the party's lowest turnout there since 1931.
Oliver Dowden campaigned to remain in the EU. Could that be why he selected a remainer for the Wakefield election? Ridiculous given that Wakefield is a firmly leave constituency. He's gone before he was pushed.
Labour in 2017:
vote share 49.7%
number of votes: 22,987
Labour in 2022:
vote share 47.9%
number of votes: 13,166
today on yesterdays result: "Its the best result we've had in Wakefield since 2001". They are so desperate to pretend 2017 never happened, aren't they? https://t.co/H1bF2h4pyr
A buoyant Keir Starmer says people of Wakefield “voted no confidence” in Tories while Labour showed them it has “laser-like focus” on issues that matter.
(TV clip in bustling crowd much better way of showing energy/ confidence than some of his previous)
It feels like a tide has turned...
Tiverton & Honiton
Mick Lynch demolishing client journalism
The nation readying for more strikes
Enough is enough - The bloviated sex yeti Johnson must go with the rest of his cronies to follow!
UP THE PEOPLE!!!
How is Starmer “ winning back conservative voters” in Wakefield @bbcnews ? In 2017 Labour had 22987 votes. Yesterday 13166.
1: people couldn’t be bothered voting
2. Fewer Tory voters bothered than Labour ones.
WHY DOWDEN had to go! 1. Wakefield
Dowden ran the Tory campaigns. In Wakefield he imposed a remain candidate rather than the local party choice - who stood as IND and came 3rd after official Tory with 7.6%, and MP's refused to campaign. https://t.co/sSy7hcB3ea
there wasn't a "pact" was there?!
A pact would be Labour not standing in Tiverton & Honiton and Lib Dems not in Wakefield. But both stood up candidates.
What happened is the VOTERS exercised their democratic right to vote tactically to Get The Tories Out.
Labour lost their deposit in Tiverton and the lib dems lost their's in Wakefield, the tories didn't lose any deposits just saying.
If you're not a Lib Dem voter in Tiverton & Honiton but you voted for them and you're not a Labour voter in Wakefield, but you voted for them, all to get the Tories out, I doff my cap to you and send you all the love. I know it must not have been easy. #GTTO #FollowBackFriday
2017 Corbyn Labour 22,987 votes
2019 Corbyn Labour 17,925 votes
2022 Starmer Labour 13,166 votes
Not a good trend
Paul. B Runo Always European #FBPE #JohnsonOut@RunoPb @THEJamesWhale
Labour lost its deposit in Tiverton and won Wakefield on a decent swing. Lib Dems lost their deposit in Wakefield and won on a huge swing in Tiverton. This is industrial scale tactical voting, and it's a big deal because this will destroy the Tory party.
According to Boris Johnson, the Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton bi-election results have been "a reflection of many things."
Here is @PeterStefanovi2
explaining for poor BJ, how those "many things" all lead back to...Boris Johnson. https://t.co/K3Ku1UyNLw