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Reform UK, UKIP and Britain First win a combined vote of 9.4 per cent in low-turnout Tamworth by-election

Right of Conservative parties Reform UK, UKIP and Britain First amassed a combined 9.4 per cent of the vote at the Tamworth by-election, with each party individually besting the Liberal Democrats and Greens. 

Reform UK, the restyled Brexit party which is led by Richard Tice, won 5.4 per cent of the vote. 

Britain First, a far right party, won 2.3 per cent of the vote and UKIP received 1.7 per cent of the vote.

This is compared to the Liberal Democrat and Green candidates who both picked up 1.6 per cent of the vote. 

However, the results came with a turnout of a mere as 35.9 per cent. The Tamworth results in full were:

  • Labour: 11,719
  • Conservatives: 10,403
  • Reform UK: 1,373
  • Britain First: 580
  • The UK Independence Party: 436
  • Liberal Democrats: 417
  • Green Party: 417
  • Monster Raving Loony Party: 155
  • Independent: 86

Reacting to the by-election on X, formerly Twitter, Reform UK leader and former businessman Richard Tice said: “Twice in same night have Reform UK ensured Tories lost their seat with this by election result This despite huge squeeze pressure from Tories to voters saying do not vote Reform”.

In Mid Bedfordshire, which like Tamworth was won by the Labour party, Reform UK’s candidate won 3.7 per cent of the vote or 1,487 votes.

Labour won the seat with a majority of 1,192 votes. 

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