Johnson’s majority down to one as pro-EU rival wins byelection

London, August 2 

Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson's already slim parliamentary majority has been cut down further to just one with the loss of an MP to the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrat party in a by-election in Wales.

In one of his first major election clashes since taking over from Theresa May last month, Johnson's Conservative Party candidate lost the seat for the party in the Welsh constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire.

Liberal Democrat MP Jane Dodds overturned an 8,038 majority to beat incumbent Tory MP Chris Davies by 1,425 votes in results announced overnight on Thursday It was the first electoral test for Johnson just eight days after becoming the prime minister.

It is the quickest by-election defeat for any new prime minister since World War II, the BBC reported.

“My very first act as your new MP when I get to Westminster will be to find Mr Boris Johnson, wherever he's hiding, and tell him to stop playing with the future of our community and rule out a no-deal Brexit," said Dodds. — PTI