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Rejoiner plot: Lord Adonis cheers ‘big step forward’ in campaign to force re-entry to EU

Rejoiner plot: Lord Adonis cheers ‘big step forward’ in campaign to force re-entry to EU

The by-election victory over the Conservatives in the Chesham and Amersham constituency has been hailed by Lord Adonis as a sea-change in attitudes. In the June 17 by-election, Liberal Democrat candidate Sarah Green took 56.7 percent of the vote and the Tory candidate Peter Fleet lagged behind with 35.5 percent. The chair of the European Movement UK, Lord Adonis, was referring to the Liberal Democrats shock win in the Chesham and Amersham by-election when he tweeted: “The campaign to rejoin the EU just took a big step forward after last night’s by-election.”

However, some analysts say that voters were swayed to side with the Liberal Democrats in the by-election because of local issues, rather than Brexit.

One major issue debated in the by-election was the Government’s plans to build the new HS2 rail link through the areas’ Chiltern Hills.

Other analysts point to deeper sentiments, because of the fact that Liberal Democrat Sarah Green secured a majority of 8,028, which overturned a seat held by the Tories since 1974.

Polling guru Professor John Curtice reacted to the Chesham and Amersham win by pointing out that most citizens in the constituency voted to stay in the EU.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he said: “The result was a combination of the Remain inclination of the constituency and a number of local issues, HS2, planning.”

He added: “Labour voters, who of course the majority are Remain voters, were quite happy to switch to the Liberal Democrats.”

Lord Adonis was derided with suggestions that he was over-reacting after the Chesham and Amersham Liberal Democrat win.

One Twitter follower of Lord Adonis responded with a sarcastic tweet and said: “Yes, The Lib Dems rocketing from 11 to 12 seats is going to make all the difference.

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However, one Twitter follower of Lord Adonis supported him and said: “Absolutely right Andrew.

“The tide has definitely started to turn.

“Reality was always going to kick in eventually.”

After the win Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said the win for his party in Buckinghamshire sent a “shockwave through British politics”.

The Liberal Democrat leader said it was a “record-breaking” victory and part of a trend of beating the Tories in the south.

He said that this was the beginning of a pattern and pointed to recent local election gains for the Liberal Democrats in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and Wiltshire.

Mr Davey, speaking to the BBC’s Today programme, said: “People feel that the Conservatives are out of touch, they’re not listening to places like this, they’re taking them for granted.”

The Conservative Party explained their loss was because “by-elections are always difficult for the governing party” to win.

Conservative chairwoman Amanda Milling said the “work starts now to show how it’s the Conservatives that can deliver on the people’s priorities and regain their support”.

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