Labour crushes Tories in local election

Britain’s opposition Labour Party retained a parliamentary seat in the northwest of England on Friday, comfortably winning the vote in the first electoral test for Rishi Sunak as prime minister.

Labour candidate Samantha Dixon won the City of Chester constituency, securing 61 percent of the vote, compared to 22 percent for the candidate from Sunak’s Conservatives. Labour’s outright majority rose to 10,974 from 6,194.

The election offers the first judgment on the Conservatives after months of chaos within the party, where Boris Johnson and Liz Truss were both ousted as prime minister, with Truss being the shortest acting Prime Minister in the UK’s history.

By winning the seat, Labour may have started a downward trend for the Tories. However, the conservatives still have approximately two years before the voters decide their fate in the general elections.

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Governing parties rarely do well in local, or by-elections, which take place outside the schedule of national elections when a lawmaker leaves their position. The next national election is expected in 2024.

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Labour has held the Chester seat since 2015, when it was the most marginal seat in the country. It was held by the Conservatives between 2010-2015.

By-election defeats earlier this year in two previously Conservative-held seats led to the resignation of the party’s chairman and contributed to the pressure on Boris Johnson.

The by-election was triggered after Labour lawmaker Christian Matheson resigned. An independent panel said he breached parliament’s sexual misconduct policy for making “unwanted and unwelcome” advances towards a junior staff member.

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