UK opposition wins special election in blow to Rishi Sunak`s party

UK opposition wins special election in blow to Rishi Sunak`s party

Britain’s opposition Labor Party has won a special election for a North-West England seat in parliament, the first test of voter sentiment since Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took office in October.

According to results announced on Friday, Labor held on to the City of Chester constituency with an increased vote share of 61 per cent.

In the last national election in 2019, Labor won 50 per cent of the vote in Chester. Labor leader Keir Starmer said the results showed people were “fed up” with the Conservative government.

Thursday’s election was called after Labor lawmaker Christian Matheson stepped down following allegations he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a member of his staff.

The result is bad news for the Conservatives, whose popularity has been plagued by the scandal of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s three years, which ended in September, and weeks of turmoil under his short-lived successor, Liz Truss. Were. The truce hit financial markets in October after unfunded tax cut plans shook the economy.

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Sunak replaced him and announced a package of tax increases and spending cuts aimed at restoring confidence in the country’s finances.

But the economic picture remains dismal: Inflation hit 11.1 percent in October, many are struggling to pay rising energy bills and millions of workers, including railway workers, ambulance drivers and nurses, are on strike demanding pay rises. have been

Newly elected Chester MP Samantha Dixon said that “people in Chester and across our country are really concerned.”

“Worried about losing their homes because they can’t make mortgage repayments or paying rent, worried about whether they can turn on the heating, worried about whether they can afford food for their families put on the table,” she said.

“It cost the Conservative government 12 years.”

Still, a national election is not due until 2024, and pollsters warn that midterm special elections often do not predict nationwide results.

Conservative colleague and polling analyst Robert Hayward said the Tories were relieved they had not done worse.

“There are some indications that there are opportunities for the Tory party,” he told Sky News.

“But Rishi has to convince the public at large that he can get out of this crisis, no matter who is watching the crisis” and there are a lot of them.

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