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Lib Dems on the march with double by-election victory

July 15, 2016 9:57 AM

Liberal Democrats won another double by-election in Cornwall last night in Newquay and North Cornwall with huge majorities.

St Teath by-election team

Dan Rogerson with some of the by-elction team that won the St Teath and St Breward election

The results in the Newquay Treviglas and St. Teath and St Breward come hot on the heels of convincing by-election wins in Launceston and Wadebridge and reinforce the Liberal Democrats position as the largest party on Cornwall Council.

Dominic Fairman won the St Teath and St Breward election with a whopping 49%. Paul Summers was the succesful candidate in Newquay who won with an even larger majority, taking 57% of the vote. Both candidates secured more than double the vote of any other party or individual. Labour finished third in Newquay and a very poor sixth place in St Breward.

Lisa Dolley, Chair of Camborne, Redruth and Hayle Lib Dems said, "This is fantastic news for the people of Cornwall. The by-election results this year show clearly that Labour are now irrelevant in large parts of Cornwall and that people have turned away from the false promises made by the Conservatives. With a possible snap general election in the offing the Conservative MPs in Cornwall must now be feeling very nervous.

"But party politics aside, these results just go to show that Cornwall's residents are crying out for a strong voice. People are really struggling with low wages and high living costs. Young people are trapped at home with their parents because they can't afford to move out and there is a general air of uncertainty following the vote to leave the EU and the subsequent threat to Cornwall Council's budget. These are difficult times for most people in Cornwall but if we work together we will get through, as the people of Cornwall always have."

Over 17,000 people have now joined the Liberal Democrats since referendum day. You can join us and fight for Cornwall www.libdems.org.uk/join