Liberal Democrats have dealt a blow to the Tories, overturning a 16,000 majority and electing a new MP in Chesham and Amersham.
York Liberal Democrat councillors are extending their congratulations to Sarah Green, who is the country's newest MP after winning the Chesham and Amersham byelection in what has been a Conservative stronghold since its creation in 1974. Securing a 25-point swing from the Conservatives to the Lib Dems, saw Sarah Green receive 21,517 votes, leaving the Conservative Peter Fleet trailing with 13,489, and giving the Lib Dems a majority of 8,028. Labour recorded the worst by-election result in the party's history, with 622 votes.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the City of York Council, commented:
“I’d like to congratulate Sarah Green MP and the whole Lib Dem team on this incredible victory. This is a direct message to the Conservative Government not to take their past election results and support for granted, Liberal Democrats are challenging them across the country and standing up for local residents who often feel forgotten by Westminster-centric politics.
“Lib Dems across the country work hard to support their local communities every single day. Having stood on a platform for a fairer, greener and more caring country, I have no doubt that Sarah will be a strong voice for her area and I look forward to working with her on the major issues facing our country.”