The polls closed in the hotly anticipated Wakefield by election at 10pm on Thursday, July 23, and the votes are now being counted in the city’s Thornes Park stadium.

With 15 names on the ballot, voters faced a choice between all the major English political parties plus numerous smaller parties and two independent candidates.

The poll – along with the other by election taking places in Tiverton and Honiton in Devon – is being seen as a key test for Boris Johnson’s leadership two weeks after 148 of his own MPs voted in favour of his removal in a confidence vote.

Follow our live blog for updates from the vote count

While Labour are fighting to retake Wakefield, which voted in a Conservative MP in 2019 for the first time since the 1930s, in the South West the Liberal Democrats are hoping to recreate by-election wins in North Shropshire in December and Chesham and Amersham a year ago.

Votes are being counted overnight and in Wakefield the council expects the result will be announced between 4am and 6am.

Check our live widget below to see how many votes each candidate won, and who has become the new Wakefield MP.

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