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An official cuts a tie on a ballot box at the count centre in Crediton, south-west England on June 23, 2022, during the Tiverton and Honiton by-election. Image Credit: AFP

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looked set for a chastening defeat in a parliamentary by-election on Friday as the centrist Liberal Democrats claimed a “historic victory” in what had been a safe Conservative seat of Tiverton and Honiton.

“This is looking like a clear win. The people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken up for the country,” a Liberal Democrat spokesman said. The official result has not yet been declared.

“This is an historic victory for the Liberal Democrats and a devastating blow for those Conservative MPs who continue to prop up Boris Johnson.”