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Byelection defeats live: triple blow for Boris Johnson after Tories lose two seats and party chair resigns

Latest updates: Oliver Dowden tells PM ‘somebody must take responsibility’ after Labour win Wakefield and Lib Dems overturn huge majority in Tiverton and Honiton

  • Full report: Tories lose two key seats in same night
  • Oliver Dowden resigns as party chair after double byelection defeat
  • Analysis: Byelection defeats cast pall over claim Johnson’s a winner

The Tiverton and Honiton election result can be described as the worst byelection result in modern times for the party that lost in terms of overall size of the majority overturned (24,239). But psephologists prefer to judge election results by swing (the extent to which voters switched from one party to another). On this measure, the Tiverton and Honiton is not quite the worst for the Tories since the second world war, but it is still dire. Ian Jones from PA Media has the figures.

And here are the results of the Wakefield byelection in full.

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