Boris Johnson’s future in the frame as polls close in byelections

Loss of Wakefield, and Tiverton and Honiton could push backbench Tories towards restarting efforts to oust PM

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Voting has closed for two crucial byelections, in Wakefield and in Tiverton and Honiton, the results of which could play a pivotal role in Boris Johnson’s political future.

Defeat in both of what were previously Tory-held seats could reignite a challenge to the prime minister from disgruntled Conservative MPs, particularly if the Liberal Democrats overturn a 24,000-plus majority in Tiverton and Honiton.

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