Dance studio

A Tory by-election candidate hid in a dance studio to avoid reporters after a humiliating defeat

Boris Johnson and the Tories had a dismal night after a historic defeat at Tiverton and Honiton – and Tory constituency candidate Helen Hurford wasn’t exactly in a talkative mood after the defeat.

Liberal Democrat candidate and former army major Richard Foord managed to topple a huge Tory majority (24,000) to win the seat – which has been Conservative since the Devon constituency was formed 25 years ago – with 22,537 votes while the Conservatives trailed in second place with 16,393 in a massive 30 percent swing.

The vote went down in history as the biggest majority ever overthrown (in terms of votes) in a by-election with the previous record dating back to Liverpool Wavertree in 1935 and it is also the first time in 30 years that the Conservatives lost two by-elections on the same day.

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The result is believed to reflect the way Johnson has fallen in public opinion following the Partygate scandal and the current cost of living crisis.

Following the two defeats (from Wakefield to Labor on the same night), Conservative Party co-chairman Oliver Dowden resigned.

So it’s fair to say it was a turbulent night for British politics, but the action didn’t stop there…

In a bizarre turn of events, it was reported that Conservative candidate for Tiverton and Honiton, Helen Hurford, had locked herself in the dance studio at the Crediton Sports Center where she had just lost the by-election and refused to talk to the media.

People found this particular detail quite amusing as memes were in full force on Twitter.

For many, the screenplay exuded the energy of Alan Partridge.

Meanwhile, others felt the description was a scene straight out of a comic satire The thickness of it.

Although there were also plenty of people who remembered another Tory…the Prime Minister to be exact, where he seemed to hide in a fridge in order to avoid questioning by Hello Brittanyby Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan in 2019.

At the time, Tory sources reportedly said the aides were simply taking a moment to prepare the Prime Minister for a separate, pre-agreed interview, and not hiding in a fridge – although that did not stop time to become a meme.

So, a few pointed out the similarities between the two moments, for obvious reasons.

Maybe Hurford just wanted to dance his election blues in peace as Twitter imagined exactly what it would look like.

Actor Rob Delaney responded with his own dance video, although we’re not sure if his interpretive dance is what he thinks happened inside the walls of the Crediton Sports Center or if the fan Labour’s vocal was celebrating the defeat of the Tories – probably a bit of both.

A loss of motivation post-election pop, lock and drop?

Might as well work the dance pirouettes, when the political pirouette fails.

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching: Election Edition.

One might ask: what does a dance of electoral defeat look like?

With a Tory defeat predicted, no one could have expected a Sophie Ellis-Bextor pun to end up in the by-election speech, but here we are.

Sue Perkins summed up this nugget of information perfectly.

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