According to reports in today’s Western Morning News:
The Prime Minister says he is “confident” in the Conservative candidate contesting the forthcoming by-election in Tiverton & Honiton.
Speaking on a visit to Cornwall yesterday to launch the Government’s new food strategy, Boris Johnson said he had been in the Devon constituency over recent days and “attracted a good deal of support” while visiting Seaton on the coast.
A by-election is being held on June 23, following the resignation of Conservative MP Neil Parish, who admitted watching pornography in the House of Commons.
The constituency has been Tory since it was created in 1997 and in the 2019 general election Mr Parish won the seat by 24,000 votes over second placed Labour, with the Liberal Democrats nearly 3,000 votes further back.
However, the Lib Dems have billed themselves as the “real challengers” in the by-election, while polls suggest Labour could take back the Wakefield seat in Yorkshire from the Conservatives in another by-election being held on the same day.
Asked by the WMN whether he was anxious about the possible outcome of the Tiverton & Honiton by-election, Mr Johnson said: “It takes an awful lot to make me anxious about anything.
“We are very confident that we have a fantastic local candidate in Helen Hurford, and she would be a wonderful MP for Tiverton & Honiton. I was there all weekend and it struck me there was a very positive mood.”