News | Published August 02 2019

Lib Dems win Brecon by-election

Jane Dodds, the Liberal Democrat candidate, has won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, defeating the incumbent, Chris Davies.

Dodds secured 43.46 per cent of the vote, a 14.3 increase from the 2017 election and successfully overturned a majority of 8,038. Chris Davies received 38.98 per cent, 1,425 fewer votes than Dodds.

The Brexit Party finished third, winning 10.4 per cent of the vote with Labour being beaten into fourth and only amassing 1,680 votes.

Overall turnout stood at 59.6 per cent, less than the 74.6 per cent recorded at the last general election, but the highest for a by-election since 1997.

The by-election was triggered after Davies received a recall petition following his conviction for a false expenses claim.

With the Lib Dem victory, Boris Johnson’s official parliamentary majority has been reduced to just one. However, Charlie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover who has had the party whip removed over allegations of sexual assault, is still expected to vote with the government in almost all cases.

With the by-election result coming eight days after Johnson was made prime minister, this becomes the quickest by-election defeat for any new prime minister since the Second World War.

The Liberal Democrats now have 13 MPs.

Dodds, also the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, said: “My very first act as your new MP when I get to Westminster will be to find Mr Boris Johnson, wherever he's hiding, and tell him to stop playing with the future of our community and rule out a no-deal Brexit."

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George Salmon
Political Editor
August 02 2019

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