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Caroline Johnson: PM "can now get on with the job of triggering Article 50"

onservative candidate Dr Caroline Johnson is ushered away from One NK in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire Credit: PA

The Conservatives have comfortably held the Sleaford and North Hykeham seat with Ukip the runner-up in the parliamentary by-election.

Tory candidate Caroline Johnson will be the new MP after winning 17,570 votes, beating Ukip's Victoria Ayling, who had 4,426.

It was a bad result for Labour, slipping from second place at the 2015 general election to fourth, behind the Liberal Democrats.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Johnson said her presence at Westminster would bolster Theresa May's majority and support the Prime Minister on Brexit.

In her acceptance speech Dr Johnson, who won more than half the votes cast, said:

I look forward to strengthening the Government's majority in Parliament so Theresa May, our Prime Minister, can get on with the job of triggering Article 50, leaving the European Union and building a country and economy that works for everyone.

– Dr Caroline Johnson

Dr Johnson won 53.51% of the votes, down 2.68% on the share in 2015, while Ukip won 13.48%, down 2.21%.

Conservatives win Sleaford & North Hykeham by-election

The Conservatives have won the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election, with a comfortable 53.5% of the vote.

Caroline Johnson holds on to the seat for the Conservatives Credit: PA

Caroline Johnson becomes the new MP for the seat, and has vowed to bolster Prime Minster Theresa May's position in Parliament to make sure Brexit happens.

Dr Johnson ensured the seat in Lincolnshire was held for the Tories, with a majority of 13,144.

Labour dropped from second place in 2015, to fourth, behind the Liberal Democrats.

Ukip's Victoria Ayling won 13.5% in an area which backed the Leave vote in the EU Referendum, which is 2.2% down on their vote in 2015, but leader Paul Nuttall said it was a "great result" for the party after recent turmoil.


  • Caroline Johnson (Con) - 17,570
  • Victoria Ayling (Ukip) - 4,426
  • Ross Pepper (Lib Dem) - 3,606
  • Jim Clarke (Lab) - 3,363
  • Marianne Overton (Lincs Ind) - 2,892
  • Sarah Stock (Ind) - 462
  • The Iconic Arty-Pole (Loony) - 200
  • Paul Coyne (ND) - 186
  • Mark Suffield (ND) - 74
  • David Bishop (BP Elvis) - 55


Voters go to polls in Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election

Residents of Sleaford and North Hykeham will be selecting their new MP later today. Credit: PA Images

Residents in Sleaford and North Hykeham in Lincolnshire will go to the polls today to replace Conservative MP Stephen Phillips.

Mr Phillips resigned last month, criticising the Government's handling of Brexit.

Two thirds of people in the historically conservative constituency voted to leave the EU on June twenty third.

Ten candidates will contest the seat where the barrister had a majority of more than 24,000 at last year's general election.

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Brexit and distrust dominate by-election build-up

Ordinarily a by-election in a safe Conservative seat in Lincolnshire would barely raise an eyebrow in Westminster, but these are no ordinary times.

On Thursday all eyes will be on Sleaford and North Hykeham, as voters go to the polls to replace Stephen Phillips, the Tory MP who quit over the Government's handling of Brexit.

And in a constituency that voted to leave the European Union - Brexit is dominating the contest, with UKIP hoping to cause an upset.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports.

The full list of candidates standing in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election Credit: ITV News
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Anna Soubry: Stop calling us 'remoaners'

MPs who voted to remain in the EU referendum should stop being labelled "remoaners" who wish to block Brexit, Conservative MP Anna Soubry has said.

The MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire said that remainers would "accept and honour" the referendum's outcome and asked if leave MPs would "finally accept that?".

The remain campaigner added that while she did not "like the result [of the Brexit vote] and yes, I do believe the people made a terrible mistake", she would push for a Brexit deal with the best outcome for the UK.

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