Shropshire MP urges calm following crushing by-election defeats

Mark Pritchard, MP for The Wrekin, said he continued to have confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson, despite the result of the Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton by-elections.

Mark Pritchard
Mark Pritchard

Mr Pritchard said the Conservative Party should not panic, but instead focus on delivering the priorities for the wider public.

In the rural Devon constituency of Tiverton and Honiton, the Lib Dems overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labour reclaimed Wakefield.

"All governments lose by-elections," said Mr Pritchard.

"It was the same under Labour prime ministers too.

"The key is for the Government to keep on delivering, to avoid panic, and to listen to these results and learn from them.

"The opposition have nothing to offer, but the Government must still focus relentlessly on delivering the people's priorities."

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