By-election latest: Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton count underway as Boris Johnson ‘optimistic’ OCN News

Boris Johnson doesn’t deny offering Carrie Symonds top job

Votes are being counted in two by-elections triggered by the resignations of disgraced Tory MPs.

At 10pm last night polling stations closed for the by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton.

Turnout in the Wakefield by-election was 39.09%, while 52.3% of voters in Tiverton and Honiton cast their ballots.

In Wakefield, the by-election was called when Imran Ahmad Khan resigned as MP last month after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a party in 2008.

Also in May, Neil Parish quit as MP for Tiverton & Honiton after admitting to watching pornography on his phone in the House of Commons on two separate occasions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier he was “full of optimism and drive” ahead of the results.

Speaking to broadcasters in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, he said: “I will watch the results with interest but still full of optimism and momentum, but most seasoned political observers know that the midterm by-elections are never necessarily easy for anyone. government.”


Lib Dem leader hints at historic by-election victory

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey has hinted his party could be set for a historic by-election victory in Tiverton and Honiton.

He cryptically tweeted, “Looks like I’m gonna need a bigger hammer.”

Holly BancroftJune 24, 2022 2:34 a.m.


Pictured: Votes are counted in the Wakefield by-election

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Holly BancroftJune 24, 2022 02:30


Here’s a look at what would be a good or bad outcome for the Conservatives

Political adviser and pollster James Johnson elaborated on his view on what would be a good and bad outcome for the Tories tonight.

Holly BancroftJune 24, 2022 2:15 a.m.


Count in progress at the Tiverton and Honiton by-election

Vote counting is now underway in the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections, officials confirmed.

The counters have spent the last three hours checking the ballots and are now moving on to counting them.

In Wakefield, the media room was told a result is expected around 4am.

Holly BancroftJune 24, 2022 02:06


Case says he’s had discussions about Carrie Johnson’s roles

Simon Case admitted he had ‘an informal conversation’ with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s charity about potential ‘opportunities’ for Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie.

The Cabinet Secretary revealed that in 2020 he was prompted by a former No 10 team member to apply to the Royal Foundation for an Earthshot Prize position for Mr Johnson’s then-fiancé.

But Mr Case – who has close ties to the Duke of Cambridge, being his former private secretary – insisted he had not approved her for any paid work.

Lamiat SabinJune 24, 2022 02:00


Turnout in the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections is 52.3%

Turnout in the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections was 52.3%, or a total of 42,707 votes, council officials said.

Holly BancroftJune 24, 2022 01:59


Work in Wakefield: “The first signs are very positive”

A Labor source on the ground in Wakefield said: ‘Early signs are very positive and suggest Lifetime Tory voters and those we lost in 2019 are voting for Labour, which shows the progress we have made.

Katy CliftonJune 24, 2022 01:51


Turnout figures for the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections are due shortly and vote verification is expected to be completed shortly.

Turnout is expected to be over 52%, according to the Mid Devon council.

Things are looking positive for the Liberal Democrats, with their Treasury spokeswoman Christine Jardine MP saying there are “some good signs” in Tiverton.

Holly BancroftJune 24, 2022 1:48 a.m.


Pictured: Votes are checked during the tally of the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections




Holly BancroftJune 24, 2022 1:44 a.m.


Wakefield turnout down 25% from 2019 general election

Turnout in the Wakefield by-election was 39.09%, Wakefield council said.

Some 27,205 verified ballots were cast out of a total electorate of 69,601.

The turnout in the 2019 general election was 64.15%.

Party officials watch the count at Thornes Park Stadium in Wakefield


Katy CliftonJune 24, 2022 1:15 a.m.