Boris Johnson has majority of one after Brecon and Radnorshire by-election blow

Boris Johnson has been dealt a significant blow after the Conservatives lost the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election to leave the new Prime Minister with a working majority of just one.

The Liberal Democrats won the mid-Wales constituency by a margin of 1,425 votes.

Mr Johnson's first major challenge as Tory leader became his first major defeat with the announcement of Jane Dodds' victory in the early hours of Friday.

The Tory loss will add to the PM's challenges to steer Brexit through Parliament and may increase the chances of a snap general election.

The Welsh Lib Dems leader pushed into second place the Conservative candidate Chris Davies, who was the constituency's MP until he was ousted in a recall petition after he admitted submitting false invoices for expenses.

Despite 19% of the electorate petitioning for his recall, the Tories selected Mr Davies to fight to reclaim the seat.

The vote may also be seen as an early victory for the "Remain alliance" of anti-Brexit parties, with Plaid Cymru and the Greens agreeing not to field candidates in order not to split the pro-EU vote.

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Liberal Democrats MP Jane Dodds cheers with colleagues and supporters as she wins the seat in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liberal Democrats MP Jane Dodds smiles after hearing the result as she wins the seat in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Conservative candidate Chris Davies speaks on stage as Liberal Democrats MP Jane Dodds looks on after winning the seat in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds delivers a speech after winning the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 2, 2019 in Builth Wells, Wales. - Britain's Boris Johnson lost his first major test as prime minister on August 2 when his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival in a by-election that could narrow his parliamentary majority to one. Official results showed the European-supporting Liberal Democrats' candidate Jane Dodds defeating Chris Davies from Johnson's ruling Conservative party by 13,826 to 12,401 votes. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Isabel INFANTES has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Jane Dodds] instead of [Jane Dodd]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
The Monster Raving Loony Leader Party, Howling Laud Hope, displays an assortment of political badges on his jacket during the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election count at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 2, 2019 in Builth Wells, Wales. - Britain's Boris Johnson lost his first major test as prime minister on August 2 when his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival in a by-election that could narrow his parliamentary majority to one. Official results showed the European-supporting Liberal Democrats' candidate Jane Dodds defeating Chris Davies from Johnson's ruling Conservative party by 13,826 to 12,401 votes. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Isabel INFANTES has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Jane Dodds] instead of [Jane Dodd]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party listen during the announcement of the Liberal Democrat candidate winning the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 2, 2019 in Builth Wells, Wales. - Britain's Boris Johnson lost his first major test as prime minister on August 2 when his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival in a by-election that could narrow his parliamentary majority to one. Official results showed the European-supporting Liberal Democrats' candidate Jane Dodds defeating Chris Davies from Johnson's ruling Conservative party by 13,826 to 12,401 votes. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Isabel INFANTES has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Jane Dodds] instead of [Jane Dodd]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds (R) is congratulated by the Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate Lady Lily The Pink after defeating Tory incumbent Chris Davies (L) in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 2, 2019 in Builth Wells, Wales. - Britain's Boris Johnson lost his first major test as prime minister on August 2 when his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival in a by-election that could narrow his parliamentary majority to one. Official results showed the European-supporting Liberal Democrats' candidate Jane Dodds defeating Chris Davies from Johnson's ruling Conservative party by 13,826 to 12,401 votes. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Isabel INFANTES has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Jane Dodds] instead of [Jane Dodd]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds (C) arrives with Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey (L) to the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 2, 2019 in Builth Wells, Wales. - Britain's Boris Johnson lost his first major test as prime minister on August 2 when his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival in a by-election that could narrow his parliamentary majority to one. Official results showed the European-supporting Liberal Democrats' candidate Jane Dodds defeating Chris Davies from Johnson's ruling Conservative party by 13,826 to 12,401 votes. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Isabel INFANTES has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Jane Dodds] instead of [Jane Dodd]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds (R) is congratulated by the Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate Lady Lily The Pink after winning the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 2, 2019 in Builth Wells, Wales. - Britain's Boris Johnson lost his first major test as prime minister on August 2 when his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival in a by-election that could narrow his parliamentary majority to one. Official results showed the European-supporting Liberal Democrats' candidate Jane Dodds defeating Chris Davies from Johnson's ruling Conservative party by 13,826 to 12,401 votes. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Isabel INFANTES has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Jane Dodds] instead of [Jane Dodd]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey (C-L) and Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds (C-R) celebrate after winning the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 2, 2019 in Builth Wells, Wales. - Britain's Boris Johnson lost his first major test as prime minister on August 2 when his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival in a by-election that could narrow his parliamentary majority to one. Official results showed the European-supporting Liberal Democrats' candidate Jane Dodds defeating Chris Davies from Johnson's ruling Conservative party by 13,826 to 12,401 votes. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Isabel INFANTES has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Jane Dodds] instead of [Jane Dodd]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds delivers a speech after winning the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 2, 2019 in Builth Wells, Wales. - Britain's Boris Johnson lost his first major test as prime minister on August 2 when his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival in a by-election that could narrow his parliamentary majority to one. Official results showed the European-supporting Liberal Democrats' candidate Jane Dodds defeating Chris Davies from Johnson's ruling Conservative party by 13,826 to 12,401 votes. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by Isabel INFANTES has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Jane Dodds] instead of [Jane Dodd]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
The Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate Lady Lily The Pink (C) and her team arrive at the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election count at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, Wales on August 2, 2019. - Britain's Boris Johnson faces his first test at the ballot box Thursday in a by-election that could reduce his parliamentary majority to just one, as his new government vowed to double funding for a possible no-deal Brexit. Johnson's Brexit plan could also become harder to enact as his governing Conservative Party looks set to lose the Welsh seat of Brecon and Radnorshire to a pro-Europe candidate on Thursday. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
Ballot papers are counted during the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election count at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, Wales on August 2, 2019. - Britain's Boris Johnson faces his first test at the ballot box Thursday in a by-election that could reduce his parliamentary majority to just one, as his new government vowed to double funding for a possible no-deal Brexit. Johnson's Brexit plan could also become harder to enact as his governing Conservative Party looks set to lose the Welsh seat of Brecon and Radnorshire to a pro-Europe candidate on Thursday. (Photo by Isabel INFANTES / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
BUILTH WELLS, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 01: Conservative party candidate Chris Davies looks on after Liberal Democrats party candidate Jane Dodds is announced as the winner of the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 1, 2019 in Builth Wells, United Kingdom. A by-election was called after Chris Davies, who had held the Brecon and Radnorshire seat for the Conservative Party since the 2015 general election, was unseated by a recall petition. Pro-EU parties Plaid Cymru, the Green Party and the Independent Group for Change decided not to field candidates in the by-election in order to give the Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds the best chance of winning the seat. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
BUILTH WELLS, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 01: Liberal Democrats party candidate Jane Dodds arrives at the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election count at the Royal Welsh Showground on August 1, 2019 in Builth Wells, United Kingdom. A by-election was called after Chris Davies, who had held the Brecon and Radnorshire seat for the Conservative Party since the 2015 general election, was unseated by a recall petition. Pro-EU parties Plaid Cymru, the Green Party and the Independent Group for Change decided not to field candidates in the by-election in order to give the Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds the best chance of winning the seat. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
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Mr Davies won the seat from the Lib Dems in 2015 and secured a majority of 8,038 in the 2017 general election.

But this was overhauled with a swing to the Lib Dems of 11.96%.

The loss leaves the PM with the support of 319 MPs, including the DUP which props up his majority, while opposition parties now have 318.

Mr Davies' recall came after he pleaded guilty in March to submitting two false expenses invoices for nine photographs costing £700 to decorate his new office.

He was fined £1,500, ordered to pay £2,500 towards legal costs and told to carry out 50 hours of community service.

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