Senior Tories warn Boris Johnson ‘blue wall’ is at risk after byelection defeat

PM’s planning reform blamed for shock loss of Chesham and Amersham

Senior Conservatives have warned Boris Johnson a swathe of seats in the “blue wall” across the south of England could be at risk, as his party was gripped by recriminations in the aftermath of the Liberal Democrats’ shock victory in the Chesham and Amersham byelection.

Downing Street came under renewed pressure to ditch Johnson’s controversial planning reforms, which many backbenchers blamed for the humiliating loss of the Buckinghamshire seat.

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