Chris Davies has been forced to stand down as MP for Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales after 10,005 people signed a petition to remove him.
A by-election will now have to be held and it is set to be the first electoral test of the new Conservative leader - Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt - as it is likely to happen after 22 July, when one of them takes over from Theresa May as Prime Minister.
Conservative MP Chris Davies has been removed after 10,000 constituents signed a recall petition. You really shouldn’t falsify expenses. A by-election will be held.— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) 21 June 2019
Tory thug, Mark Field, could face the same fate.
That tiny majority looks more precarious than ever.
Brecon and Radnorshire, an affluent corner of rural Wales, was a safe Conservative seat at the 2017 general election but in this year’s European election Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party topped the poll in Powys - the county in which it is - with 35 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats second on 23 percent and the Tories way back on nine percent.
So the by-election could well be a battle between the Brexit Party and the Lib Dems, who held the seat as recently as 2015.
There will be a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire after a successful petition to recall current Tory MP Chris Davies. pic.twitter.com/JYY5qTq2Lr— JANE DODGE (@JaneDodgeC4) 21 June 2019
The Lib Dems held the seat between 1992 and 2015 and will be throwing everything at it in an attempt to win it off the Tories.
They too are engaged in a leadership contest and Lib Dem party members are set to choose between Ed Davey, a former Energy Secretary during the coalition government, and Jo Swinson on 23 July.
The Lib Dem candidate will be Jane Dodds, who said: "Thousands of residents across Brecon and Radnorshire have taken the chance to demand better than a Westminster politics that fails to take their concerns seriously."
The Brecon and Radnorshire recall petition has been successful.— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) 21 June 2019
As more than 10% of the constituency's electorate signed the petition, Chris Davies is no longer an MP and there will be a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire. pic.twitter.com/eKXPoRFHO6
The Conservatives will have to pick a new candidate for the by-election as the petition means Mr Davies - who made an "unreserved apology" after he was convicted - cannot stand again.
Mr Davies was fined £1,500 and ordered to do 50 hours of community service.
BREAKING | Over 10,000 people in Brecon and Radnorshire have signed a petition to oust convict MP Chris Davies, who voted for May's new European treaty. A by-election will now take place, and all eyes are on the Brexit-backing constituency!— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) 21 June 2019
Earlier this year the Labour MP for Peterborough, Fiona Onasanya, was also forced to step down after a similar petition following her conviction for perverting the course of justice. Despite a strong challenge from the Brexit Party, Labour managed to hold onto Peterborough.