Now for the latest on coronavirus. PA reports that new figures from Public Health England show that a total of 806 people in England have been admitted to hospital with the Delta variant of Covid-19 as of June 14 – an increase of 423 on the previous week. Of the 806, 65% were unvaccinated.
In the same period, there were 73 deaths in England of people who were confirmed to have the Delta variant.
Correction… It was not a hammer but an orange mallet:
Davey says people will now be talking about how Lib Dems are a threat to Conservatives across swaths of the country. Voters felt “ignored” and “taken for granted” he says. Davey and Green will now hold what he calls the “appalling Tory government to account”. Then he promptly knocks a blue wall down with a hammer.
Davey: ‘We are sending a shockwave through British politics’
Ed Davey speaking now. He thanks everybody for their work and says Sarah Green’s election sends message to the whole of the country. “We are sending a shockwave through British politics.” Says it is the party’s best result ever.
Guardian political correspondent Peter Walker in Chesham reports that the Lib Dems have installed a literal blue wall:
While we wait for news from Chesham, more reaction from Conservative MPs.
Simon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, tweets:
Ed Davey is due to speak at a youth centre in Chesham at 10am in what is being billed as a “victory rally”.
In a shock result, the Liberal Democrats last night pulled off a stunning byelection victory over the Tories in a formerly safe seat in Chesham and Amersham.
Sarah Green secured 21,517 votes, leaving the Conservative Peter Fleet trailing with 13,489, and giving the Lib Dems a majority of 8,028.
Here is Heather Stewart and Haroon Siddique with the full story:
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