Ed Davey: We’ll deprive Tories of office
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In a triumphant appearence on LBC, Mr Davey claimed the Conservatives can be routed across Britain through the Liberal Demcorat campaigning strategy which he said was behind the two shock by-election victories this year In North Shropshire and Chesham and Amersham.
In a chest thumping assertion, Mr Davey said the two by-election victories were proof the Liberal Democrats could beat the Tories in their “heartlands”.
He said: “I am really proud of of our party, I am proud of our campaigning.”
The Lib Dem leader went on to suggest that his party had “given hope to many people across the country” who were “angry” at the Conservatives.
He said: “I want, as leader of the Liberal Democrats, to build on these pretty historic victories for us.”
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Mr Davey claimed the Liberal Democrats would be able to deliver on issues such as housing and the environment, as well as the NHS and farming.
He said these were issues that were raised on the doorsteps during the by-elections in Chesham and Amersham and North Shropshire and what he believed drove voters to tick the Lib Dem box in the polling booth.
Mr Davey added how the party’s “community politics campaigning” has been central to their recent success..
He went as far to say that this approach was “the way that we can take a lot of seats off the Tories at the next election”.
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The party leader said he was so confident of the campaigning strategy that he reckoned “we could deprive them of office” and boot the Conservatives out of No 10.
The Lib Dems won North Shropshire by 5,925 votes, a swing of 37.14 percent from the 2019 General Election.
The by-election was called after the resignation of former MP Owen Paterson after he was found to be in “egregious breach” of MP standards over is lobbying for two companies.
Following the defeat, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters at a vaccination centre in Hillingdon, London, that the by-election was a “very disappointing result” for his party.
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He added how he understood “people’s frustrations” and said he takes “personal responsibility” for the defeat.
It comes as former Conservative minister Anna Soubry, who left the party over her Brexit position, told Sky News that North Shropshire voters are “disgusted frankly by this Prime Minister”.
Following the win, new MP Helen Morgan said: “Tonight, the people of North Shropshire have spoken on behalf of the British people.
“They have said loudly and clearly: Boris Johnson, the party is over.”
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