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Voters head to the polls in the Tamworth and Mid Bedfordshire by-elections
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19 October 2023

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Halloween is still a couple of weeks away. Yet the Tory candidates in today's two by-elections have been "horribly haunted" by "ghouls from the past", The Guardian's Daniel Boffey has said. The spectres of the outgoing MPs, Nadine Dorries and Chris Pincher, have hung over their campaigns in the party heartlands.

A Conservative loss in Tamworth alone would represent the biggest swing of all the by-elections in this parliament. For Rishi Sunak, who has been trying to reinvent his premiership, it is a fiendish test.

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WADIDDENE PV What happened today and why 19 October 2023 Good evening, Halloween is still a couple of weeks away. Yet the Tory candidates in today's two by-elections have been "horribly haunted" by "ghouls from the past", The Guardian's Daniel Boffey has said. The spectres of the outgoing MPs, Nadine Dorries and Chris Pincher, have hung over their campaigns in the party heartlands. A Conservative loss in Tamworth alone would represent the biggest swing of all the by-elections in this parliament. For Rishi Sunak, who has been trying to reinvent his premiership, it is a fiendish test. Hollie Clemence Executive Editor speed read BY-ELECTIONS TOO CLOSE TO CALL IN FIRST TEST FOR SUNAK'S RELAUNCH Rishi Sunak faces his latest test today as voters head to the polls in two by-elections, in Tamworth and Mid Bedfordshire. Both seats have "massive Tory majorities" that Labour "hope to crumble", said Politico's London Playbook newsletter. "Will these be a new Selby or Somerton shock… or a mere Uxbridge?" MPs "from across the spectrum" have warned "it will be a disaster for the Prime Minister if he loses both seats", GB News said, after Sunak attempted to "relaunch" the party at its conference last month, said The Times. "Even the loss of one seat" would see the Conservatives having a majority of at least 19,000 overturned, said GB News. At the 2019 general election, the Conservatives won Mid Bedfordshire with almost 60% of the vote. And two-thirds of voters kept the Tories in control of the "bellwether" Tamworth seat too, said Playbook. Read more the explainer HOW US SANCTIONS RELIEF COULD REVITALISE VENEZUELA Venezuela may be coming in from the diplomatic cold as the US is considering easing long-standing sanctions on its oil in exchange for holding free and fair elections in the country for the first time since 2013. The Biden administration and President Nicolás Maduro are expected to announce a "breakthrough" agreement on the sanctions in the coming days, said The Times. It coincides with the promise of a return to democracy in the beleaguered Latin American country. The government and the US-backed opposition agreed on Tuesday at mediated talks in Barbados to hold presidential elections later next year, according to The Washington Post. The deal "would be the most significant progress in Venezuela's political stalemate in years". In response, Washington has agreed to lift some sanctions, which could allow PDVSA, the state oil company, to resume trading with the US and other countries. Read more today's big question WILL ISRAELI INVASION OF GAZA BACKFIRE? The reality is that there are no good options for Benjamin Netanyahu Read more MORE FROM THEWEEK.COM TODAY Labour and house-building: digging for victory? Keir Starmer's eye-catching pledge to reinstate Tory target of 300,000 new homes a year has divided critics Read more Britney Spears: snippets of star's 'bombshell' memoir released 'Tell-all' book to share details of singer's life during her conservatorship and decades-long career Read more A present with perspective. Save an extra £5 when you give The Week magazine this Christmas. Claim your discount. Early Bird Sale, ends 31st October. What the scientists are saying... STONE AGE PEOPLE ATE THEIR DEAD Around 15,000 years ago, Stone Age humans living in Britain and across northern Europe didn’t bury their dead – they ate them. This theory was mooted back in the 1980s, when bones unearthed at Gough’s Cave, at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, showed clear signs of teeth marks. Ribs had been cracked open for their marrow, and skulls fashioned into drinking cups. The possibility that the dead had been eaten out of necessity could not be excluded, but evidence that other sources of food were plentiful, combined with the care that had gone into preparing the skulls (these had been cleaned of tissue, before being shaped), was indicative of a funerary ritual. Now, a team from the Natural History Museum has reviewed evidence from 59 late Paleolithic sites around Europe, and found evidence of ritual cannibalism at 13 sites, burial at ten, and of both at two. Genetic analysis has also revealed that the cannibalised individuals were all of the Magdalenian culture (one of two dominant in that period), suggesting that eating the dead was a shared behaviour at that time. it wasn't all bad STEVENSON'S THE STUDENT SAVED The oldest student newspaper in Europe has been saved from closure thanks to a crowd-funding campaign that raised £5,700. Edinburgh University’s The Student was started by the novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson in 1887. It now publishes a print edition once a fortnight, and online every day. “The donations have come in from all kinds of people, but the most heartening to see has been people in the student community,” said its editor-in-chief. “We are so overjoyed.” picture of the day JEWISH ACTIVISTS DEMAND CEASEFIRE Members of the US Jewish community protest against the Israeli military operation in Gaza in the Cannon House office building near to the US Capitol. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images GOOD WEEK FOR... Michael Caine, who announced that he is retiring – on a high. Referring to his latest film, "The Great Escaper", the 90-year-old actor explained that he had got “wonderful reviews” in a lead role, and had thought: “What am I going to do to beat this?” BAD WEEK FOR... Hannah Ingram-Moore, who came under fire after revealing that her family had kept £800,000 from the sale of Captain Tom Moore’s books. She said her father had wanted the family to take the profits. Days later, the family’s lawyers said that the Captain Tom Foundation – established to carry on his charitable work – was likely to be closed, following a series of controversies. Puzzles DAILY CROSSWORD Test your general knowledge with The Week's daily crossword, part of our puzzles section Read more instant opinion 'ECONOMIC VULNERABILITY IS BEHIND THE TRANSITION TO CHILDLESSNESS' Your digest of analysis from the British and international press "There is a common misperception that most childless people never wanted children in the first place or have a medical condition that prevents them from becoming parents," writes Stephen J. Shaw for The Spectator. An increase of childlessness "during times of major economic crises" also suggests that a wider trend is not explained by more people choosing to become childless, but "by people feeling economically vulnerable and deferring parenthood". For many, "that has meant never becoming a parent".  Read more Theatre review SUNSET BOULEVARD: 'DAZZLINGLY REBORN' AT SAVOY THEATRE Nicole Scherzinger gives a 'career-defining' performance as Norma Desmond Read more down to business THURSDAY AFTERNOON MARKETS The London Stock Exchange restricted trading of hundreds of stocks as it investigated a system “incident” this afternoon. The FTSE 100, which was operating as normal, fell again amid concerns over the Israel-Hamas conflict and the prospect of higher interest rates. FTSE 100: 7,501.71, down 1.14% Dax: 15,024.91, down 0.46% Dow: 33,618.94, down 0.14% Dollar: £1 = $1.2141, up 0.01% Euro: £1 = €1.1485, down 0.30% Brent crude: $91.32, down 0.20% Gold: $1,954.20, down 0.06% WIT & WISDOM “YOU’RE NOBODY UNTIL SOMEBODY HATES YOU.” Tom Wolfe, quoted in City Journal MORE FROM THE WEEK Thanks for reading. You might also enjoy our weekly Global Digest newsletter. 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