What do the byelection results mean for the Conservatives? Our panel’s verdict | David Gauke and others

What do the byelection results mean for the Conservatives? Our panel’s verdict | David Gauke and others

Former Tory seats have been lost to Labour in Wakefield and the Liberal Democrats in Tiverton and Honiton

Governments lose byelections, but these results are very grim for the Conservatives. Wakefield was expected to return to Labour and it did, with a substantial (but not spectacular) 12% swing from Tory to Labour.

David Gauke was Conservative MP for South West Hertfordshire, 2005-19, and secretary of state for justice and lord chancellor, 2018-19

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