The Tiverton and Honiton by-election is one of two key polls on June 23 that could decide Boris Johnson’s future – and judging by those voters he should be really worried
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Voters on the streets of Honiton – part of the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections – have told how they are preparing to get rid of the Tories.
The vote is one of two polls on June 23 that Tory insiders fear Boris Johnson’s Partygate-skewered prime minister could be in greater jeopardy if he survives that long.
The Lib Dem candidate, a former soldier keen to eliminate Boris Johnson from the political battlefield, said losing a crunch by-election could topple the PM.
Ex-Army Major Richard Foord, 44, has his tanks lined up firmly on the Tory lawn for the fight sparked by the resignation of tractor porn MP Neil Parish.
The seat has a whopping 24,000 majority and has always returned a Tory, but the Lib Dems believe dirt has given them a chance.
So we went back and forth asking the constituents of the Devon seat what they thought of it.
Julie Garland, 56, a betting manager, said: “Boris doesn’t handle things very well, he seems to lie about a lot of things and not do what everyone was hoping of him.
“He always blames others and doesn’t admit what he did wrong.
“I’ve voted for Tory before, but on June 23 I’m not voting for Tory. I’ll read up on the others to see what they have to offer.”
Nursery assistant Naomi Bowman, 21, said: “Me and my mum have always voted conservative but the way he’s been lately we’ve changed our minds – mainly because of the parties.
“And I was completely disgusted that Neil Parish saw pornography – it was outrageous.
“I think I’ll vote for Lib Dem.”
Ben Totten, 18, a sixth grade student who will vote on his first election, said: “I’m excited, it’s nice to have a say for the local community.
“I’m not sure who I’m going to vote for, but I won’t be voting Conservative – not with the youngest MP looking at ‘tractors’ in the House of Commons.
“I don’t think the Prime Minister is very intelligent, he’s a bit of a buffoon – all the parties and blatant lies.
“The defeat of the Conservatives would send a message to the Prime Minister because the South West is overwhelmingly Conservative.”
Paul Espiritu, 29, a kitchen assistant, said: “I’m thinking about voting for the Liberal Democrats.
“I lost faith in the Conservatives and Boris Johnson – it was a slow process and it built up in the post-Brexit years.
“Tory MPs put letters of no confidence in him.
“I’ve voted conservative for the 12 years I’ve been here, but I will switch.”
David Parr, 72, a retired gardener, said: “I’m thinking about voting Liberal for a change – I’ve voted Conservative in the past.
“Boris has been doing his best but the cost of living has gone up for everyone – that’s really important to me and I think it will get worse as food and petrol go up.”
But gas engineer Tim Avery, 66, said: “I think Boris Johnson is brilliant, he comes out with it like it is.
“One or two of them ramble on forever, but he says what it is and what it isn’t.
“The Downing Street parties don’t bother me, I still think he has good ideas.
“I have always voted for Tory and will do so again.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/meet-tiverton-election-voters-deserting-27125284 Meet the Tiverton by-election voters leaving the Tories over Boris Johnson's 'lies'