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Australia government braced for Wentworth by-election defeat

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Liberal Party candidate Dave Sharma faces a strong challenge from independent Kerryn Phelps People are voting in a by-election in a suburban constituency in Sydney, which could wipe out the government’s one-seat parliamentary majority. PM Scott Morrison’s ruling Liberal Party is fighting to hold the affluent seat of Wentworth, vacated by his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Turnbull was ousted by Mr Morrison in an unpopular party coup in August. Australia has had six prime ministers in eight years and could face further uncertainty if the…

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Votes counted in Lewisham East by-election

Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Heidi Alexander has quit Parliament after eight years Polls have closed in the Lewisham East by-election, which was triggered by the resignation of Heidi Alexander. The Labour MP announced in May she was quitting Parliament to work for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. She was among shadow ministers to resign from the front bench in June 2016, arguing that Labour could not win power under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Labour won the south London seat at the 2017 general election with 32,072 votes – a…

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Lewisham East by-election: Janet Daby chosen for Labour

Image copyright Labour Party Image caption Janet Daby was chosen from a shortlist made up of only black and ethnic minority women Members of the Labour Party have selected Janet Daby to stand in the Lewisham East by-election. Ms Daby was chosen after hustings in south-east London on Saturday from a shortlist made up of only black and ethnic minority women. She beat Sakina Sheikh and Claudia Webbe to run as the party’s candidate for the by-election on 14 June. Brenda Dacres pulled out of the contest on Friday because…

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SF’s Begley wins West Tyrone by-election

Image caption Sinn Féin’s Órfhlaith Begley is the new MP for West Tyrone Sinn Féin’s Órfhlaith Begley has won the West Tyrone by-election. The poll was triggered by the resignation of Sinn Féin’s Barry McElduff in January. Candidates from Northern Ireland’s five main parties were represented on the ballot paper. The turnout was 55.13% – 35,337 of the 64,101 eligible voted. Ms Begley received 16,346 votes, with the DUP’s Tom Buchanan second with 8,390. The turnout was down from 68% in the last Westminster election. Earlier, police arrested a man…

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