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Labor secured a by-election in West Lancashire with a majority of 8,326 votes, making Ashley Dalton the constituency’s new MP.
Dalton, who works part-time at a local charity, won 10.52% of the vote for Labor from the Conservatives and 62.3% of the vote.
For the first time since the 1997 general election, Conservative Party support fell below 30%, with Conservative Mike Prendergast receiving just 25.4% of the vote.
In his victory speech at the Burscough Racquet and Fitness Centre, Dalton said:
“They sent a message to the Conservative government. They don’t trust themselves to govern or be led by a prime minister.
“Prime Minister, your government has no ideas or plans to deal with the major problems facing our country, such as record levels of child poverty and the deaths of people waiting for ambulances. yeah.
“These are trying times for our country.
“I’ve had hundreds of conversations with voters and I know that when our lives get tougher and the unimaginable choices people have to face – pay the bills or buy food. I’m here.
“Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party no longer has the power to govern. His government has no ideas or plans to address the major problems facing our country. I have sent a message – your government is letting the British people down.
“Move out of the way. Let Labor take over and it’s time for a general election.”
The bitter cold on Election Day and the hope that unions would easily secure voter turnout below 32%.
The vote came after Labor Party leader Rosie Cooper, who had represented the constituency for 17 years, accepted the role of Chairman of the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
It was the third time Labor won the by-election in several months.