The party’s southern voters feel taken for granted and Conservatives now fear their ‘blue wall’ could be under threat
The Chesham and Amersham byelection result points to a big problem for Boris Johnson: how to keep traditional Tory supporters in the south happy while leading a government that is focused on its new voters in the so-called red wall.
These days, the seats the prime minister most likes to talk about are those in the former Labour heartlands he won in the 2019 election. However, after the Liberal Democrats made history of their own last night by turning the Buckinghamshire seat – which has only ever been Tory – yellow, that is going to have to change. Tory MPs in the south worry that the Lib Dem victory confirms their worst fears: focus on former Labour strongholds risks their own political careers.