British PM Johnson's Conservatives suffer crushing by-election defeat

LONDON (AFP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday (Dec 17) suffered a crushing by-election defeat in a constituency never previously lost by his Conservative Party, a result which raises serious questions about his leadership.

His party won the seat in North Shropshire, central England, by a massive majority in 2019, but the Liberal Democrats won Thursday’s poll by nearly 6,000 votes in a result that will intensify the mutinous mood among Conservative MPs.

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