UK/2019 Brecon and Radnorshire by-election

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A by-election in the UK Parliament constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire was held on 1 August 2019, following the successful recall petition for the dismissal of Tory MP Christopher Paul Davies, who had held the seat since the 2015 UK General Election.[2][3]

The Liberal Democrats won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, leaving new PM Boris Johnson with a working majority in Parliament of one. Jane Dodds overturned an 8,038 majority to beat incumbent Conservative Chris P. Davies by 1,425 votes.[4]

Background

The Liberal Democrats had held the seat from 1997 until the 2015 General Election, when Chris P. Davies won it for the Conservatives.[5] He retained his seat at the UK/2017 General Election. Davies was charged with false expenses claims, pursuant to the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009.[6] He pleaded guilty in March 2019[7][8] and, in April, was sentenced to a community order of 50 hours unpaid work and a £1,500 fine.[9] The Recall of MPs Act 2015 mandates that all convictions of sitting MPs for providing false or misleading expenses claims automatically initiate the recall processes.

Candidates and campaign

Chris P. Davies is the Tory candidate. The Liberal Democrats candidate is Jane Dodds, the leader of the Welsh Lib Dems. The Labour Party candidate is Councillor Tom Davies. The Brexit Party candidate is Des Parkinson, Liz Phillips is standing for UKIP and Lady Lily The Pink for the Monster Raving Loony Party.[10]

Plaid Cymru indicated that they might not stand a candidate in order to support another party supporting a second referendum on Brexit, taken to be a reference to the Liberal Democrats.

Shortly after the result of the recall petition was announced, bookmakers made the Liberal Democrats odds on favourites to win.[11]


References

  1. "Demand better for Brecon and Radnorshire"
  2. "MP Chris Davies unseated after petition triggers by-election". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 June 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  3. "Brecon & Radnorshire parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-06-21.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  4. "Brecon and Radnorshire by-election: Lib Dems beat Conservatives"
  5. "Convicted Tory MP Chris Davies booted from Brecon and Radnorshire seat after recall petition passes"
  6. "Conservative MP Christopher Davies charged over 'false expenses claims'"
  7. "False expenses claim MP could lose seat". BBC News. 2019-03-25. Retrieved 2019-03-26.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  8. "Tory MP Christopher Davies admits expenses fraud" The Guardian
  9. "Recall petition for convicted MP confirmed". BBC News. 24 April 2019.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  10. "Next by-election confirmed #TheBrexitParty is ready"
  11. "Convicted Tory Chris Davies is a no‑show at Brecon and Radnorshire by‑election hustings"
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