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Loss of ultra-safe seat adds to huge pressures facing Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson will come under vast pressure after losing what had been an ultra-safe seat to the Lib Dems at the North Shropshire by-election which was triggered by a sleaze scandal. Tory nerves will be further rattled by the stunning defeat on Thursday in which the Lib Dems overturned a near-23,000 majority to seize the West Midlands seat.

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