Liberal Democrats win North Shropshire: is the party over for Boris Johnson?


The Conservative Party lost North Shropshire for the first time in nearly 200 years to the Liberal Democrats. The shocking defeat follows months of sleazy scandals and Christmas parties, and with the new Covid Plan B restrictions, confidence in Boris Johnson’s leadership has collapsed.

Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush discuss the atmosphere on the pitch in North Shropshire and the story behind this anti-Tory vote.

In You Ask Us, a listener wonders what the by-election result means for Boris Johnson’s political future.

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