Richmond By-Election heralds return of Lib Dem MPs to Cornwall

Local Liberal Democrats are today celebrating the by-election triumph of Sarah Olney, the new Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park, in the by-election that took place on Thursday, December 1st.

Frances Tippett, Chair of Cornwall Liberal Democrats said: “The stunning result in Richmond Park comes on the back of a string of successful council by-election results throughout Cornwall. If the Richmond result , or anything near it, was repeated here in Cornwall, it would see all the seats lost in 2015 return to the Lib Dems – as would all the other seats across Cornwall.”

The result in Richmond saw a swing of 21.7% from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats. Following the 2015 General Election in the three seats lost by the Liberal Democrats, St Ives only needs a 2.6% swing to return to the Lib Dems, North Cornwall 6.9% and St Austell 8.2%. The other three Cornish seats need between 13% and 17% swings.

“The result mirrors what our team is hearing on the doorstep day in and day out. People are already fed up with the Conservative government and the uncertainty over Brexit. The Liberal Democrats are the only ones who will stand up and fight for Cornwall in a way the Conservatives are failing every day.”

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