The British political class was in shiver as Liberal Democrat’s nouveau politician Sarah Olney defeats ex-Tory Zac Goldsmith

Sarah Olney MP
Sarah Olney MP

The Liberal Democrats have caused a major upset in the Richmond Park by-election, overturning a 23,015 majority to oust ex-Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, BBC reported.

Richmond Park result:

LIB DEM: 49.7% (+30.4)

ZAC: 45.2% (-13.1)

LAB: 3.7% (-8.7)

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said this is a clear message to Prime Minister Theresa May for her hard Brexit plans.
He told Sky News that Lib Dems are stepping into the political vacuum and will act as a credible opposition.
 Mr Goldsmith stood as an Independent after leaving the Conservative Party in protest at the government’s decision to back a third Heathrow runway. But Lib Dem Sarah Olney, who is also opposed to Heathrow expansion, fought the campaign on the issue of Brexit.

She polled 20,510 votes to Mr Goldsmith’s 18,638.

The remaining six candidates, including Labour’s Christian Wolmar, all lost their £500 deposits as they did not receive a big enough share of the vote. The Conservative Party, UK Independence Party and Green Party did not field candidates.



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