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Brecon defeat will deter Boris Johnson from early general election

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As Boris Johnson approaches the moment of truth on Brexit, he has one fewer vote in the House of Commons.

Jane Dodds, the new Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, will take Jo Swinson’s party up to 13, and add one to any vote for remaining in the EU or against a no-deal Brexit.

Last night’s result will also discourage the new prime minister from an early dash for a general election. The Brexit Party candidate, Des Parkinson, won only 10 per cent of the vote, but it was more than enough to deny the Conservatives the seat.

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Unusually, because an opinion poll was carried out in the constituency before Johnson became prime........

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