Euro Elections

European Elections results in Tatton - a message from Gareth

I'm sure you've heard on the news the Lib Dems had a great night in the EU elections.  Nationally, the Lib Dems got 20.9% of the vote, up from 13% in 2014, resulting in 16 MEPs.

I also wanted to give you some more detail on the results locally.

As the EU elections are a proportional system, all votes from across the North West are added together and the eight MEPs for the region allocated using the Dehont system (more information on that system here). 

In the North West we polled 17.2%, allocating us two MEPs, the excellent Chris Davies and Timperley Councillor Jane Brophy.  This was a fantastic result for us and way beyond our expectations, with our share of the vote increasing 11.2%.

We also have overall results for Cheshire East.  We took 23% of the vote here, a massive 16% increase over our 2014 result of just 7%.  We significantly outperformed the North West average, which means our ground campaign was a major factor in the election of our two MEPs.  Quite simply without our activity Jane may not have got elected and my sincere thanks goes out to all our members who helped with delivery over the past month.

Cheshire East Results

So what does this all mean?

  1. Tatton is a Remain Constituency - Our local data from the 2016 referendum proved that and the combined vote share of the Lib Dems, Greens and ChangeUK of 40% adds further confirmation.
  2. The Conservative vote locally is full of Remainers - Although the Brexit Party won the election locally, they only increased their share by 7% compared to UKIP in 2014 . The Tory vote fell 22%, with the majority of switchers going to the Lib Dems.
  3. Local Labour support is deeply unhappy with Corbyn - 5th place for Labour is an absolute disaster, with their vote share dropping into single figures.
  4. UKIP locally as a force are finished - Although the Brexit party have become the clear home of the hard Brexit voter.

Why does all this matter?

I believe we are heading for a General Election or second referendum in 2019.  A new Tory leader is likely to push an even harder Brexit than Theresa May, we know there is no majority in Parliament for a "no deal" - and when faced with yet more deadlock whoever becomes PM will ultimately have no choice than to take it back to the people, in one form or another.

Our job between now and then is is to be ready to meet that challenge, whenever it comes. We'll keep you all updated with plans locally.

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