The Labour Party will lose its deposit after failing to get more than five per cent of the vote in the Chesham and Amersham by-election.
Liberal Democrat candidate Sarah Green became the country’s newest MP after winning the seat, which had been a Conservative stronghold since its creation in 1974.
The contest was triggered by the death of former Cabinet minister Dame Cheryl Gillan, who took the seat with a majority of 16,233 in the 2019 general election – some 55 per cent of the vote.
In a stunning result, Ms Green took 56.7 per cent of the vote to secure a majority of 8,028 over the second-placed Tories.
“This Conservative Party has taken people across the country for granted for far too long,” Ms Green said.
The Green Party came third with 1,480 votes, with Labour trailing in fourth with just 622 votes, losing the party’s deposit in the process.
Reaction has been fierce on the Labour left, with many calling for Sir Keir Starmer’s resignation.
Here’s what people had to say:
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