Lib Dems in the East
June 29, 2015 Leave a comment
A look at the Liberal Democrat General Election performances in the East of England.
Top five Lib Dem performances in the East:
39.1% North Norfolk
20.2% South East Cambridgeshire
18.5% St Albans
The worst performances:
1.8% Castle Point
The worst performances see four from Essex (which has to be set against their Colchester performance), and this suggests they have a problem in my home county. The common link amongst these five (and others which are near contenders for this list) is that they all are seats which have had Labour representation in the recent past.
North Norfolk has the only Liberal Democrat MP for the East of England. This represents a loss of three.
The story of the May General Election is the story of a collapsing Liberal Democrat vote. Of the fifty-eight Eastern constituencies, twenty-three saw the Lib Dems fail to hold their deposit.
As regards to swings, the Lib Dems may take a little comfort from Cambridge and Clacton insofar that there were swings their way from the Tories – but then look at those results.
The biggest swings against the Liberal Democrats:
15.8% Chelmsford (to Labour)
15.1% Chelmsford (to Conservative)
14.6% North West Norfolk (to Labour)
14.2% Huntingdon (to Labour)
14.2% South Suffolk (to Conservative)
14.0% South Suffolk (to Labour)