'Party is over': UK voters punish scandal-hit PM

The centrist Liberal Democrats party candidate, Helen Morgan, won the North Shropshire seat by nearly 6,000 votes, overturning a 23,000 vote Conservative majority from 2019.

"Tonight, the people of North Shropshire have spoken on behalf of the British people. They have said loudly and clearly: 'Boris Johnson, the party is over'," Morgan said in her victory speech.

"Our country is crying out for leadership. Mr Johnson, you're no leader."

The Conservatives had won every previous election for the mostly rural area of central England since the constituency was created in its current form in 1983.

The huge swing comes at time when Johnson is facing criticism on several fronts, including over reports his staff held parties last Christmas when the country was in lockdown.

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