By gaining two traditionally safe parliamentary seats on Friday, the British Labour Party struck an enormous blow to the prime minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives and demonstrated that voters wanted change at the upcoming general election, according to leader Keir Starmer.
The two losses indicated a significant decline of backing for the incumbent Conservatives, whose have prevailed in each of the past four national elections, and they indicate Labour is likely to win the next election and take power for the very first time since 2010.
The extent of the setback in two seats in parliament that the Tories have held for years puts pressure on Sunak, whose took over about a year ago after the party became mired in scandals and upheaval under previous leaders, even though so-called by-elections are frequently lost by the governing party.
“It is obvious that the people of this country have rejected a Tory (Conservative) government. They are demanding change because they have had enough of the economic downturn of the past 13 years, he said, taking the stage with his new legislator in Mid-Bedfordshire, a region located roughly fifty miles (80 km) farther north than London.
The largest deficit that Labour has overcame in a the by-election since 1945, it overturned a majority of nearly 25,000 to win Mid-Bedfordshire.
In Tamworth, a mostly rural area in central England, another former Conservative bastion, it overturned a sizable majority as well, with the party experiencing the second-highest bounce from Conservatives since the Second World War Two.
With half of the elections being the result of resignations of lawmakers due to misconduct, the ruling Conservatives has only triumphed in one of the previous 12 the by-election in this parliament.
The campaign manager for the Conservatives, Greg Hands, cited the poor turnout and stated that the Conservatives needed to find a method to mobilize their base of loyal supporters.
“I didn’t see enthusiasm for Labour,” he stated.
Former investment banker Sunak, 43, has made an effort to portray himself as a fearless reformer rather than those who are cautious technocrat who helped restore some of Britain’s confidence after scandals and upheaval ousted his two predecessor from power.