Guildford & Cranleigh’s Conservative MP ‘on the brink of losing Guildford constituency’ say Lib Dems following historic by-election victory

June 24, 2022 9:20 AM

Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat candidate for Guildford constituency, has declared the next election is a clear choice between Boris Johnson's Conservatives or a local Liberal Democrat champion as the Conservative vote continues to crumble across the country.

T&H By-election result - BBC graphic (Taken from BBC News coverage of by-election results)The local Liberal Democrats have said the Conservatives are on the brink of losing Guildford constituency following the historic by-election result which saw the people of Tiverton and Honiton elect a Liberal Democrat MP with a majority of over 6,000.

Last night the Liberal Democrats won the once safe Conservative seat of Tiverton and Honiton in Devon, overturning the largest by-election majority in the history of British politics in the process.
It follows a successful local election campaign and similarly huge wins against the Conservatives in Buckinghamshire and Shropshire.

The Lib Dems overturned a staggering 24,000 majority coming from third place in Devon. The Conservatives' majority in Guildford and Cranleigh sits at a dangerously low 3,337, leaving it on a knife-edge at the next General Election. The Liberal Democrats are the clear challengers in second place with Labour a distant third.

A swing just a fraction of the size of that seen last night in Devon to the Liberal Democrats would see the local area lost by the Conservative party at the next general election.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford constituency, Zöe Franklin said:

"Last night proved people across Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages will have a clear choice at the next General Election - four more years of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, or a new Liberal Democrat MP fighting for them and what they care about in Westminster.

"The historic result in Devon is clear evidence that this country is fed up with a Prime Minister who is out of touch, lies through his teeth and breaks the law.

"I heard first-hand what issues matter to people during this by-election and it is exactly what comes up on the doorstep across Guildford and Cranleigh when I go out with the Guildford Lib Dem team.

"People are fed up with being neglected and taken for granted by this Conservative Government. It's time for a change.

"If Conservative MPs, even after bruising local election results last month plus three crushing by-election defeats by the Liberal Democrats, won't do the decent thing and show Boris Johnson the door then it is up to voters in Guildford constituency to do that at the next General Election."