Tiverton & Honiton: Voters in porn MP by-election desert Johnson’s Tories

Swing voters in Tiverton & Honiton have said that they will not vote for the Conservatives until the “lying buffoon” Boris Johnson has quit, boosting the Liberal Democrats’ hopes in an impending by-election.

[Neil’s comeback story continues across the press under various headlines eg. “Tractor pull the other one! Porn MP is eyeing up a comeback” www.thelondoneconomic.com]

Chris Smyth www.thetimes.co.uk 

A focus group for Times Radio found that voters in the Devon constituency who supported the Tories in the last election were swinging towards the Lib Dems as they lost faith in the prime minister.

Some said that they would never vote for the party until it had a different leader despite a lukewarm reception for Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer, who was described as bland.

The findings will boost Lib Dem hopes of overturning a 24,239 Tory majority in a by-election prompted by the resignation of Neil Parish, the MP who was caught watching pornography in the Commons.

While the voters were not enthused by Sir Ed Davey — with one describing him as the “British version of Biden, been around forever but known for not doing anything” — their hesitation about voting for his party has largely evaporated.

One voter, Andrew, who is retired, said that he had “begun to really not respect Boris. He’ll say anything and does very little to deliver”. Lucinda, a charity worker, said: “A lot of people have lost trust in Boris and the Conservatives — it’s just a bit of a mockery.”

James Johnson, Theresa May’s former pollster who ran the focus group for Kekst CNC, likened the issue of Downing Street parties to the Iraq war for Tony Blair, or Nick Clegg’s broken pledge on university tuition fees, in causing a permanent loss of trust.

The voters described the prime minister variously as a “lying buffoon”, “just an idiot”, a “selfish greedy man”, and a “self-promoting arsehole” and told him: “Do the right thing, resign, we don’t want to be led by a clown.”

They dismissed Johnson’s argument that he had got the “big calls right” as “smoke and mirrors”, describing him as an opportunist.

Four of the six voters opted for Starmer over Johnson, despite a lack of enthusiasm for the Labour leader. Starmer was described as “weak”, “boring” and “a bit like Theresa May”, although some voters contrasted his lack of charisma positively with “bombastic, buffoonish Boris”.

Almost all the voters described the cost-of-living crisis as the main issue in the forthcoming by-election, with some also mentioning GP appointments and local issues such as pot holes and new development. James Johnson argued that this meant “the issue agenda is stacked heavily in the Lib Dems’ favour”, adding: “the Lib Dems are seen as a ‘credible’ party, ‘the lesser of evils’ and a ‘happy medium’ to vote for. There was no mention of tuition fees.”

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