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We were taken for granted say voters, as Lib-Dems sensationally win Chesham and Amersham by-election

PEOPLE in the Chesham and Amersham constituency, which includes Penn, have felt neglected and overlooked by the Government, the Liberal Democrats said after sensationally winning yesterday’s by-election, overturning a 16,000 Conservative majority.

Sarah Green, the new MP who achieved an astonishing 25 per cent swing from the Tories, said voters in the constituency felt they were being taken for granted. 

Lib Dem activists said that on the doorsteps voters felt their views on controversial issues like proposed planning laws and HS2 were simply being ignored.

There is evidence in the vote that non-Conservatives voted tactically to support Ms Green.  The Labour vote completely collapsed with Slough councillor Natasa Pantelic gaining 622 votes, 850 votes behind the Greens, who finished third. 

There’s also evidence many traditional Tories stayed at home… the turnout for the election was a relatively low  (for a parliamentary election) 52 per cent.

The Conservatives had suspected things were going against them in the campaign and there were visits in the campaign by Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Theresa May… unheard of for campaigning in a so called safe seat.

The result is a true political shock.  The Tories had never taken less than 50 per cent of the vote since the constituency was formed in 1974 and the result will shake neighbouring MPs in “safe” Conservative seats like Wycombe and Beaconsfield.

The full result:

Sarah Green, Lib Dem 21,517

Peter Fleet, Con 13,489

Carolyn Culver, Green   1,480

Natasa Pantelit, Lab     622

Alex Wilson, Reform     414

Carla Gregory, Breakthrough       197

Adrian Oliver Freedom Alliance        134

Brendan Donnelly, Rejoin EU            101

Lib Dem majority 8,028