Although there have previously been remarkable Liberal and Lib Dem byelection victories that failed to lead to a longer-term challenge to the Conservatives, the Chesham and Amersham byelection might still herald a weakening of middle-class support for the Conservative party, and a crumbling of the “blue wall” (Senior Tories warn Boris Johnson ‘blue wall’ is at risk after byelection defeat, 19 June).
Until now, a narrative had developed around British politics that seemed very plausible after the Hartlepool by-election and earlier Conservative successes in the Midlands and North. The story went that the Conservatives now had an unassailable dominance of British politics based on three assumptions: their inroads into traditional "red wall’ Labour-voting areas, and what used to be called "the working class," becoming permanent; the elimination of Labour as a serious force in Scotland; and the retention of support amongst relatively affluent and older, both suburban and rural, voters.
But Liberal Democrat leader refuses to be drawn on idea of a progressive alliance with Labour The Liberal Democrats could win in "dozens" of constituencies across souther England whose needs are being ignored by Boris Johnson's Conservatives, the party's leader has said. Ed Davey said national polling was not properly picking up a rise in Lib Dem support after the party's activists pulled off a stunning victory in Amersham and Chesham this week.
PLUS: Read Peter Fleet’s views on what went wrong for the Conservatives as they lost Chesham and Amersham Many Conservative voters deserted the party in the Chesham and Amersham by-election because they fear it is on course to preside over a "bloated public sector which stifles enterprise and demands ever-higher taxes", Boris Johnson's candidate has said.
Local Liberal Democrats are hailing a stunning victory in the Chesham and Amersham by-election and insisted: “If it can happen there it can happen here in Guildford too.” The Lib Dems secured a huge swing of 25 points to snatch the previously safe Conservative seat on Thursday (June 17).
TORY voters switched allegiance in the by election because they were "fed up and furious" over HS2. Planning reform fears and feeling "ignored" by the party also fuelled the shock Lib Dem victory in Chesham and Amersham. Conservative backbenchers warned the party must take the concerns seriously.
Theo Usherwood reflects on the Lib Dem's monumental by-election win in Chesham and Amersham in his LBC view. It was an astonishing result by any measure. The Lib Dems won Chesham and Amersham with a swing of more than 25% - their candidate Sarah Green now enjoying a majority of 8,000.
A SHOCK defeat at the polls spurred ‘disappointed' Boris Johnson into reaffirming his election promises to Britain. Cooper grilled on Lib Dems 'standing aside' in by-election The Prime Minister yesterday vowed to use “rocket boosters” to rebuild the country after the “warning shot” by-election loss.
BORIS Johnson is facing mounting pressure over his planning reforms after the Conservatives' shock defeat in the Chesham and Amersham by-election - but should the Prime Minister scrap the proposals? Vote in Express.co.uk's poll on whether Mr Johnson should abandon his planning reforms in the wake of the Tories' by-election drubbing.
Boris Johnson news – live: By-election defeat ‘warning shot’, says Tory chair as Labour on course for new loss
Follow the latest updates from Westminster and beyond Boris Johnson tells planning critics they’re wrong despite by-election humiliation The government has been sent a “warning shot” by voters in the Chesham and Amersham by-election, the co-chairman of the Tories has said. Amanda Milling said voters’ concerns over planning reforms and HS2 were “loud and clear” following the party’s defeat to the Liberal Democrats.
Lib Dems urge Government to align ‘confusing’ travel advice and ensure refunds for amber list holidaymakers
The Government should ensure Britons struggling to get refunds for amber list holidays because of “confusion” over its travel advice get compensation, an MP has said. In a letter to foreign secretary Dominic Raab, shared with i, Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrats foreign affairs spokesperson, urges the Government to align its traffic light system with Foreign Office travel advice.
Don't forget your core voters, Tory MPs warn Boris Johnson after Lib Dems smash Conservatives in historic Home Counties by-election defeat
Tories suffered historic by-election defeat yesterday after losing a Bucks. seat Johnson urged not to forget core votes in Home Counties following shock result Prime Minister admitted result was 'disappointing' after Lib Dems overturned their 16,000 Conservative majority in Chesham and Amersham . Boris Johnson was urged not to forget his core voters in the Home Counties following the shock result in Chesham and Amersham.
This is a warning shot, but the Tory party is ready to meet the challenge laid down by voters The result yesterday morning was extremely disappointing. For decades, Cheryl Gillan stood proud for Chesham and Amersham, and I’m deeply disappointed that our candidate, Peter Fleet, can’t carry on that legacy.
Long-term Conservative voters in Chesham have revealed they turned away from the party over issues such as planning policy and the environment, with many annoyed by the impact of HS2. Voters in the Buckinghamshire market town awoke on Friday morning to news the Liberal Democrats had inflicted a shock by-election defeat on the Tories in what was a Conservative stronghold for decades.
Walls keep tumbling down, first red and now blue. The scale of the Lib Dems’ upset victory in Chesham and Amersham suggests an intriguing possibility: that the realignment that saw traditionally Labour seats fall to the Tories in 2019, and which won them Hartlepool just last month, might now deliver once rock-solid Tory areas to their opponents.
The Liberal Democrats’ runaway victory in Chesham and Amersham may have stunned MPs and the media, and even many of the party’s activists, but for some locals the signs of an impending political earthquake had been clear. “I absolutely wasn’t surprised,” said Sally, a 53-year-old carer running chores on Chesham’s very rainy and near-deserted high street on Friday.
Chesham and Amersham by-election: Boris Johnson denies Conservatives are neglecting southern heartlands for new northern seats
The Lib Dems overturn the Tories' 16,000-vote majority to deliver a shock result in the Buckinghamshire constituency. Boris Johnson has denied his Conservative Party are neglecting southern parts of England in favour of its new northern seats as he blamed "particular circumstances" for a surprise by-election loss.
Four days ago, a former insider at a London-based thinktank wrote a piece for the Spectator about the forthcoming Chesham and Amersham byelection, and his sense that this little-remarked political episode would soon be over, with the minimum of fuss. “Hopefully then we can stop hearing any rubbish about how the Lib Dems are set to tear down the Conservatives’ ‘blue wall’ in the home counties,” he wrote.
Last Saturday, I was knocking on doors in a pretty Chiltern village to be told that Michael Gove had just been down the road. In the nearby town of Chesham our canvassers were following Boris Johnson around. The Conservatives took the Chesham and Amersham by-election seriously and they were worried.
The Prime Minister has tried to brush off the Lib Dems' stunning victory in Chesham and Amersham as "a bit peculiar, a bit bizarre" Boris Johnson has called the Tories by-election trouncing by the Lib Dems "disappointing" as he blamed "particular circumstances" for the historic defeat.