European Elections results in Tatton - a message from Gareth
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?
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.