Sarah Green MP Amersham & Chesham
The Liberal Democrats shock triumph in the Chesham and Amersham by-election would see some 154 seats across the country flip to the party after they sent shockwaves through the Tory blue wall. The Liberal Democrats gained a 25% swing in Chesham and Amersham electing their 12th MP Sarah Green. Arundel and South Downs would be one of 154 constituencies that would turn Liberal Democrat at an election.
The 25% swing in Chesham and Amersham has put blue wall seats like Arundel and South Downs “on notice” with Sussex Liberal Democrats being the leading opposition to the Conservatives.
The Liberal Democrats are winning against the Conservatives. At the May 2021 local elections, the party gained a host of seats and Councils from them - from gaining control of Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire Council for the first time ever, to gaining seats in Wiltshire, Woking, Surrey, Tunbridge Wells, Horsham and many more. With the proposed parliamentary boundary changes slicing up the constituencies of Sussex, many Conservative MPs - such as Andrew Griffith MP – would be right to be looking over their shoulders and wondering what their prospects will be at the next general election.
Our Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Arundel and South Downs Cllr Alison Bennett comments:
"This huge triumph in Chesham and Amersham has shown that the Liberal Democrats are a serious and credible opposition to this Conservative party. Their blue wall isn't just on notice; it has been shaken by the Liberal Democrats in both the Chesham and Amersham by-election and the last set of local elections.When I visited Chesham and Amersham to help with the by election, it was clear that the issues being raised by residents there are very similar for voters here in Sussex. Residents do not like being taken for granted and that’s exactly what this Conservative party is doing time and time again.”
Cllr Alison Bennett
Commenting on the Chesham and Amersham by-election success, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:
"This is a huge victory for the Liberal Democrats. The people of Chesham and Amersham have sent a shockwave through British politics. We were told it was impossible for any party to beat the Tories here in Buckinghamshire. We were told this seat was too safe and the Tories too strong. This Liberal Democrat win has proved them utterly wrong. Across the south, the Tory Blue Wall is beginning to crumble. Here and in great swathes of the country, only the Liberal Democrats can beat the Conservatives and breach their Blue Wall. This amazing win will strengthen our fight to safeguard our precious natural environment and build a fairer, greener, more caring country."