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Lib Dems hail ‘shockwave’ victory over Tories in Chesham and Amersham byelection – UK politics live

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey says party is threat to Conservatives after Sarah Green wins with 21,517 votes, leaving Tory Peter Fleet trailing with 13,489

Deputy Lib Dem leader Daisy Cooper tells Sky News that Chesham win was in the “bluest of the blue” and that this is a “huge success” for the party.

Among the contributing factors for former Conservative voters who voted Lib Dem, she says, were Covid in carehomes, housing planning and HS2. She says that in the Home Counties Lib Dems are making “huge gains” at a local government level.

Sam Coates on Sky News says this is the third biggest Lib Dem byelection result of all time and that the party hasn’t seen anything like it since the early 90s. He says 25% swing – much bigger than Tory victory in Hartlepool – has taken breath away.

He says this will be a “wake-up call” for many Conservatives.

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