Polls open in Brecon and Radnorshire
At 7am this morning, polling began for the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.
The by-election was called following the success of a recall petition which unseated the sitting MP, Conservative Chris Davies. This recall petition was in response to Davies claiming false expenses.
Despite being unseated, Davies remains the Conservative candidate in the by-election, going up against Jane Dodds, the Liberal Democrat candidate and the favourite to win the seat.
Jane Dodds is the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and is predicted to win the seat, partially due to the pact her party has made with Plaid Cymru and the Greens. In order to not divide the “Remain” vote, both Plaid Cymru and the Green Party have said they will not field a candidate in the election.
Underlining the importance of this by-election, which could reduce the parliamentary majority of Boris Johnson’s government to just one, the prime minister visited the constituency yesterday.
Coverage of the run up to the election has been dominated by discussion of the effects of no-deal, specifically the effects on the farming industry.
Farmers make up 11 per cent of the population of Powys and the election follows yesterday’s statement by Minette Batters, President of the National Farmers Union, who said that under a no-deal scenario, there would be no market for 40 per cent of the UK’s lamb meat.
Voting will close at 10pm with the results being announced early on Friday morning.