UK PM Johnson's Conservatives lose Wakefield at by-election

Labour party candidate Simon Lightwood arrives at a counting center after a by-election in Wakefield

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives lost the parliamentary seat of Wakefield in northern England on Friday, with voters dealing a blow to the party after months of scandals and a growing cost of living crisis.

Opposition Labour Party candidate Simon Lightwood won the Wakefield by-election by a majority of 4,925 votes, winning back a seat that Labour had lost in 2019 for the first time in 90 years.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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