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UK Liberal Democrats claim victory against Johnson's Conservatives in parliamentary seat vote

·1 min read

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looked set for a chastening defeat in a parliamentary by-election on Friday as the centrist Liberal Democrats claimed a "historic victory" in what had been a safe Conservative seat of Tiverton and Honiton.

"This is looking like a clear win. The people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken up for the country," a Liberal Democrat spokesman said. The official result has not yet been declared.

"This is an historic victory for the Liberal Democrats and a devastating blow for those Conservative MPs who continue to prop up Boris Johnson." (Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Tom Hogue)