Live by-election updates: Boris Johnson's Conservatives lose two by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton

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  • Boris Johnson's Conservatives have two both by-elections, adding fresh pressure onto the prime minister. 
  • The Wakefield race was triggered after a former Tory MP was jailed for sexually abusing a 15-year-old.
  • Tiverton & Honiton was sparked by the resignation of Neil Parish, who watched porn in the Commons.

Boris Johnson is under fresh pressure to keep his job, after losing two key seats overnight in by-elections held in Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton. 

Wakefield, a Red Wall constituency in the North of England, was won by Labour's Simon Lightwood with a majority of almost 5,000. 

Tiverton & Honinton, a more traditional Conservative seat, also fell, with the Liberal Democrats' Richard Foord overturning a majority of more than 24,000 – a swing of almost 30 per cent. 

Foord said it was a referendum on Johnson's beleagured leadership, after 148 of his own MPs voted against the prime minister.

"There is a real feeling now that he has overstayed his welcome as our prime minister," he said.

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