Chester by-election results: Labor 'decisively' wins seat in 'strong message to Conservative Party'

Newly elected Samantha Dixon says the Tory government has betrayed the trust placed in them at the last general election

Labor had "conclusively" won Chester's by-election, Rishi Sunak's first election test as prime minister.

Samantha Dixon retained the seat for Labor with an increased majority of 10,974 votes, Friday morning results showing.

The by-election was sparked by the resignation of Labor MP Christian Matheson in October after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Ms Dixon beat Conservative candidate and NHS nurse Liz Wardlaw.

He described the result as "very, very encouraging" for the party and called the City of Chester his "major constituency".

"I think I've received a very strong message from Chester voters that they want the Conservative cost of living crisis addressed urgently," he told reporters.

"I don't think they believe the Conservatives have the answer, I think they think it's Labor's turn now."

In her victory speech, Ms Dixon said: “People in Chester and across our country are really worried. Worried about losing their home because they can't afford the mortgage or rent, worried about whether they can turn on the heat, worried about whether they can provide food for their family."

He continued: “This is the cost of 12 years of Conservative rule. The government, which has disrupted our economy, destroyed our public services and betrayed the people who put their trust in them in the last election.”

Alison McGovern, minister of shadow jobs and pensions, told reporters that "Chester's people have sent a clear message to Rishi Sunak's Conservative government: They are sick of Tory rule and want the change Labor is offering."

He added: "Sam would make an excellent MP for Chester and a strong voice for Chester residents in a Conservative cost of living crisis."

On Thursday morning, Keir Starmer tweeted that "Sam will be an outstanding representative of his community, and as their MP will do, the people of Chester are proud".

Election officials said the turnout was 41.2 percent (or 28,541 votes), a sizeable reduction from the 71.7 percent turnout (54,560 votes) in the 2019 general election.

Andy Carter, Conservative MP for Warrington South, downplayed the significance of Chester's result saying: “This is a seat Labor has held six times during the last seven elections. I don't expect that to change."

He was quoted by the Telegraph that "we are halfway through a very challenging parliamentary term because of Covid, the war in Ukraine where prices are soaring".

"And you know, what I think is very, very important right now for this government is to make sure we deliver on the manifesto that we voted for in 2019," he said. "That's our focus and I'm pretty sure that's the prime minister's focus." This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS

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