Results revealed in Telford as Tories take Hartlepool

Results revealed in Telford as Tories take Hartlepool

The prime minister described the early election results as "very encouraging".

The SNP's leader, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, says she's is looking to push for another referendum if her party wins a majority in the parliament in Edinburgh, but only after the pandemic has been dealt with and the economic recovery from it is on track.

Conservatives gained one seat in Northumberland and Labour lost three, to hand control to the Tories.

Conservative candidate Jill Mortimer beat the Labour candidate by 15,529 votes to 8,589, securing what less than a decade ago would have been seen as impossible feat of dislodging the main opposition Labour Party from one of its heartland seats in northern England. The turnout was 42 per cent.

The first blow for Labour came in Hartlepool, where the Tories won the Westminster seat in a by-election.

However, it was better news for Labour in other parts of the region, where the party held control of both City of Wolverhampton Council and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

The Hartlepool result confirmed Johnson's bond with working class English voters after he swept up support from those who previously backed the Brexit party, which won 26 per cent of the vote in the coastal town in 2019.

Yet right wing Labour politicians reacted by blaming the result on the legacy of previous leader Jeremy Corbyn, more than a year after he stepped down. The Labour candidate, Paul Williams, only received around 29%.

Hartlepool has always had a Labour MP and held its majority in 2019, even as a lot of the "red wall" crumbled around it - but pre-election polls pointed towards a Tory win.

In contrast, only 20 per cent of Hartlepool voters surveyed had a favourable opinion of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

Results of voting that took place for local councils in England, regional mayors including in London, and for the devolved assemblies in Wales and Scotland, are expected later Friday and over the weekend. Labour has not yet changed almost enough for voters to place their trust in us.

Mr Harley said its programme of regeneration was connecting with people in the borough and added: "It also tells us and tells the detractors of Boris Johnson that. people really do like Boris".

Starmer has accepted personal responsibility for the debacle and is likely to reshuffle his low-profile shadow cabinet as he tries to move his party towards the centre and shake it out of its malaise.

United Kingdom voters have given their verdict in the largest electoral test since Boris Johnson's thumping win in the 2019 general election. Counting has been delayed by Covid-19 restrictions. The Labour government in Wales is also expected to hold onto power.

Sturgeon is expected to use a victory to claim a mandate for a second independence referendum, although Johnson has been adamant that Westminster would refuse to grant a plebiscite on splitting the UK.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer leaves his home in north London on Friday morning following the party's dire by-election defeat in Hartlepool.

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