Mr Parish mentioned he first visited the web site unintentionally after tractors on-line, however then returned to it for a second time intentionally in a “moment of madness”.
After telling The Telegraph’s Chopper’s Politics podcast final month he might run as an impartial candidate, he has since determined towards standing on June 23.
What occurred final time?
At the 2019 General Election, during which Mr Johnson’s get together received a landslide victory, there was a swing of three.3 per cent in the direction of the Conservatives.
The Tories picked up 60.2 per cent of the vote (35,893 votes), adopted by Labour on 19.5 per cent (11,654) and the Liberal Democrats on 14.8 per cent (8,807).
Voters in Tiverton and Honiton backed Brexit in June 2016, with 57.82 per cent voting to Leave in comparison with 42.18 per cent for Remain.
Who are the candidates?
Listed by surname (in alphabetical order), the candidates are as follows:
- Jordan Donoghue-Morgan, Heritage
- Andy Foan, Reform UK
- Richard Foord, Liberal Democrats
- Helen Hurford, Conservative
- Liz Pole, Labour
- Frankie Rufolo, For Britain
- Ben Walker, Ukip
- Gill Westcott, Green Party
The Liberal Democrats, who’re aiming to safe victory in Tiverton and Honiton regardless of coming third in 2019, have chosen Richard Foord, a former Army Major who skilled at Sandhurst, as their by-election candidate.
After drawing up an all-female shortlist, the Conservatives have nominated Helen Hurford, a former head instructor. Speaking to Radio Exe, she mentioned she now backed Mr Johnson however declined to disclose how she would have voted within the June 6 confidence vote, had she been an MP.
Labour is fielding Liz Pole, who was additionally the get together’s candidate in 2019 when the Tories misplaced 7.6 per cent of their vote share in comparison with the 2017 ballot amid a decline within the get together’s nationwide fortunes.
Is there a Labour-Lib Dem ‘electoral pact’?
There has been hypothesis a few ‘pact’ between Labour and the Liberal Democrats because the by-election will happen on the identical day as one other in Wakefield, which Labour believes it has a greater probability of profitable.
Labour has instructed its frontbenchers to not journey to Tiverton and Honiton to marketing campaign to be able to give the Liberal Democrats a greater probability of victory, Politics Home reported final month.
A Labour spokesman insisted they might “fight for every vote” within the constituency, and each Sir Keir Starmer’s get together and the Liberal Democrats have categorically denied they’ve come to such an settlement.
Oliver Dowden, the Conservative Party chairman, accused the 2 events of standing down for each other at May’s native elections to be able to increase the Left-wing and liberal vote nationwide.
What might the consequence imply?
The results of the by-election can be introduced within the early hours of June 24.
The Conservatives are preventing the election by defending their document of supply for the native space, the Liberal Democrats have zoned in on farming and the Government’s tax rises, and Labour has centered on the cost-of-living disaster.
If the Conservatives can maintain on to Tiverton and Honiton, it’s going to ease jitters about Mr Johnson’s management amongst his MPs in heartland areas after he survived a confidence vote earlier this month, albeit with a much bigger revolt than was anticipated.
But in the event that they undergo their first defeat within the constituency, there can be questions on whether or not Mr Johnson’s model is broken past restore, in addition to the route of his authorities’s insurance policies on taxation, the cost-of-living disaster and clear rivers.
Last yr, the Liberal Democrats received two shock by-election victories in historically secure Conservative seats as they triumphed in each North Shropshire and Chesham and Amersham.