The Conservatives received 47.3 per cent of the vote, Labour 39.8 per cent, the Brexit Party 6.1 per cent and the Liberal Democrats 3.9 per cent.
But the Tories have since misplaced a few of their nationwide assist, with Sir Keir Starmer’s social gathering at present main the opinion polls after years within the wilderness below Jeremy Corbyn.
Who are the candidates?
Listed by surname (in alphabetical order), the candidates are as follows:
- Nadeem Ahmed, Conservative Party
- Akef Akbar, Independent
- Paul Bickerdike, Christian Peoples Alliance
- Mick Dodgson, Freedom Alliance. Real People. Real Alternative
- Sir Archibald Stanton Earl ‘Eaton, The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
- Jayda Fransen, Independent
- Jordan James Gaskell, UK Independence Party
- David John Rowntree Herdson, Yorkshire Party
- Therese Hirst, English Democrats
- Christopher Richard Jones, Northern Independence Party
- Simon Robert Lightwood, Labour Party
- Jamie Luke Needle, Liberal Democrats
- Ashley Theo Blue Routh, Green Party
- Ashlea Simon, Britain First
- Chris Walsh, Reform UK
Nadeem Ahmed, the Conservative candidate, has been a councillor in Wakefield since 2006 and was described by social gathering chairman Oliver Dowden as “a strong local voice for Wakefield, helping us level up there and across the whole United Kingdom”.
Mr Ahmed has backed the Boris Johnson all through partygate and mentioned he stays a “great asset” to the Conservatives.
Simon Lightwood, the Labour candidate, is a member of the social gathering’s nationwide coverage discussion board and works for the NHS. He sits on Yorkshire Labour’s regional board.
Labour was accused of breaching its personal guidelines by limiting the variety of native social gathering representatives allowed to take part within the shortlisting course of, main all the government committee of the native constituency social gathering to stroll out in disgust.
Labour insisted native members made the ultimate alternative on a “strong champion” for town.
What may the outcome imply?
The results of the by-election will likely be introduced within the early hours of June 24.
Depending on the end result, Wakefield may both be a triumph or a catastrophe for Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer alike.
A Conservative win could be a serious political victory for Mr Johnson after he survived the June 6 confidence vote.
It would renew religion in his management throughout his divided parliamentary social gathering, whereas additionally vindicating his claims voters are much less “obsessive” about partygate than the media and are nonetheless glad together with his authorities’s report.
But if the social gathering have been to lose, it could sign renewed Tory vulnerability within the 45 ‘Red Wall’ constituencies that turned blue for the primary time in a technology in 2019.
There could be questions over whether or not Mr Johnson can ever totally regain public belief, and about the true success of the ‘levelling-up agenda’ if northern voters reject the Tories.