A SOUTHAMPTON MP has said that people have "sent the Prime Minister a message" following a historic by-election defeat.

Labour's Simon Lightwood won the Wakefield by-election to regain the West Yorkshire seat after gaining 13,166 votes to the Conservatives' 8,231.

The Lib Dems won the Tiverton and Honiton in Devon with a 30 per cent swing.

Now Labour MP for Southampton Test Alan Whitehead has said the results are "historic" and "show that the public is not willing to put up" with the Government anymore.

He told the Daily Echo: "(The) historic results in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton show that the public is not willing to put up with this Conservative Government any longer and Boris Johnson should consider this the latest vote of no confidence in his failed leadership.

"The people of Wakefield have not only sent a message to the Prime Minister that he is no longer fit for the job, but have also demonstrated their confidence that Keir Starmer has got the Labour Party back on track as a winning force within British politics, and he is ready to deliver for the people of Wakefield, and for the British public.

"This result shows that we are a Government in waiting.”

Meanwhile, the Labour leader of Southampton City Council, Cllr Satvir Kaur, said that the Labour win was "great to see". 

"This swing of 12.7 per cent would see Labour win an overall majority at the next General Election.

"Many of the issues affecting places up north, like Wakefield, are also having an impact here in Southampton, from the cost of living to the housing crisis. People desperately need a Government that will tackle the big issues and it’s clear the Labour Party is now that Government in waiting.”   

But the Leader of the Southampton Conservative group, Cllr Marley Guthrie, described the result in both constituencies as "disappointing but not a shock".

"People will have various reasons for voting the way they do and the big issue at the moment is likely the rising cost of living," he said. 

"People are concerned about what is being done to help them and I've seen that in my conversations with residents around Southampton. 

"The Government has done a good deal to try and address that, implementing robust measures to alleviate some of the pressure people are feeling. 

"Given time, people should hopefully feel the Government's actions will have made them more financially secure."

In the wake of the results from Thursday's poll Conservative co-chairman Oliver Dowden has resigned from his position.

He wrote: "We cannot carry on with business as usual. Somebody must take responsibility and I have concluded that, in these circumstances, it would not be right for me to remain in office."

The Daily Echo has approached Hampshire Tory MPs, Royston Smith, Paul Holmes and Caroline Nokes.

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