Rishi Sunak has been delivered a huge blow as voters “turn their backs” on the Tories after Labour had a double win by overturning big Conservative majorities in Tamworth and Mid Bedfordshire.
Sir Keir Starmer said that Labour are “redrawing the political map” as Labour has taken a comfortable lead ahead of the general election.
Labour’s Sarah Edwards in Tamworth defeated Conservative Andrew Cooper with a majority of 1,316.
The Tories were defending a 19,634 majority however a 23.9 percentage point for Labour see them comfortably win.
Labour also won Mid Bedfordshire which has been Tory held since 1931 and Alistair Strathern won the seat with a majority of 1,192.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “These are phenomenal results that show Labour is back in the service of working people and redrawing the political map.
“Winning in these Tory strongholds shows that people overwhelmingly want change and they’re ready to put their faith in our changed Labour Party to deliver it.
“Voters across Mid Bedfordshire, Tamworth and Britain want a Labour government determined to deliver for working people, with a proper plan to rebuild our country.
“To those who have given us their trust, and those considering doing so, Labour will spend every day acting in your interests and focused on your priorities. Labour will give Britain its future back.”
Tory former cabinet minister Sir Robert Buckland told the BBC, “I think that as Conservatives, we now need to make it very clear what the next five years is going to look like, and that’s what I’m looking for from the Prime Minister and our leaders.
“I’m not looking for academic arguments about issues that are not going to swing voters. I’m looking for serious, grown-up approaches to the issues that really matter – on the economy, on housing, on the future for our young people.
“We’ve got some good Conservative answers to these issues. Let’s hear them and let’s hear nothing else in the next 12 months.”