Peter has described Labour’s victory in the Mid Bedfordshire by-election as a “political earthquake”.

Labour won the normally safe Conservative seat of Mid Bedfordshire, overturning the almost 25,000 vote majority the party secured at the last general election.

Labour’s candidate Alistair Strathern, won 34.1 per cent of the vote, with the Conservatives pushed into second with 31.1 per cent and the Liberal Democrats third with 23.1 per cent.

Speaking to Sky News, Peter, who led the Labour campaign in Mid Bedfordshire, described the victory as a “historic moment”.

He said: “What happened tonight was a political earthquake. The Labour Party has never had this seat. This is a seat where the Tory Party has never had to do a single bit of campaigning ever – it just expects communities like this to turn up and vote for them.

“The Conservatives had taken this place for granted and the Tory Party has had the shock of its life.”

The by-election in Mid Bedfordshire was triggered by the resignation of Nadine Dorries, who quit after not being granted a peerage in Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list.

Mr Kyle said Labour campaigners had spent much of the campaign speaking to voters who “told us they had experienced the worst of politics and they wanted to have a glimmer of hope that something better could replace it”

He said Labour would not be stopping at Mid Bedfordshire and would be taking the fight to the Conservatives across the country.

“Nowhere is off limits – whether it’s a village, town or city, the Labour Party is there to connect and move forward into this election year.”

If the swing from the Mid Bedfordshire by-election was reflected across the country, the Conservatives would lose all their seats in Sussex.

On the same night, Labour also won the previously Conservative held seat of Tamworth, following the resignation of disgraced former Deputy Chief Whip, Chris Pincher. The Labour candidate overturned a Tory majority of almost 20,000.

Peter campaigning in Mid Beds
Peter campaigning in Mid Beds
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