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Johnson Suffers Humiliating Defeat in U.K. Special Election

  • Tories lose Paterson’s former seat after missteps by premier
  • Liberal Democrats overturn huge Conservative majority
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Boris Johnson suffered a seismic political upset as his ruling Conservatives lost a key parliamentary election, a result that will heap intense pressure on the U.K. prime minister and may even call his position into question.

The Liberal Democrats capitalized on weeks of turmoil and plummeting poll ratings for Johnson and his Conservative party to overturn a huge Tory majority and take the North Shropshire seat in the West Midlands that the ruling party has held for almost two centuries.