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The Liberal Democrats have delivered another shocking blow to the Conservative government by winning in Somerton and Frome.
Sarah Dyke overturned a Conservative majority of 19,213.
Sarah (right) with Wera Hobhouse MP and Lib Dem leader Ed Davey MP.
Sarah polled 21,187 votes, winning a majority of 11,008 with a swing of 29%.
The extraordinary efforts of Liberal Democrat members and volunteers delivered this historic result, securing the largest majority and swing on an explosive triple byelection night which saw the Conservatives lose 2 of the 3 seats they were fighting desperately to defend.
The people of Somerton and Frome have spoken for the country. Enough is Enough. It is time for a general election to end this Conservative circus.
The Boundary Commission have produced their final report giving the new constituencies on which the next General Election will be fought.
For the last few elections, in Tameside borough area the Westminster MP seats have been Ashton-Under-Lyne, Denton & Reddish, and Stalybridge & Hyde.
A lot changes locally and the borough will now cover the revised seats of Ashton-Under-Lyne, Gorton & Denton, and Stalybridge & Hyde.
Broadly the changes from the old constituencies are:
The new Ashton seat takes in most of the old one plus a chunk of Denton & Reddish.
The new Gorton & Denton seat, as you might guess, puts together about half the old Denton seat, a big lump of Manchester Gorton, and even some of Manchester Withington – where the Lib Dems held the MP seat 2005 – 2015.
And the new Stalybridge & Hyde covers the same area as the old one.
The General Election has to be held no later than January 2025.
Thank you to everyone who supported us in the Tameside council elections on May 4th.
Nearby we gained two seats in Manchester and moved forward in Stockport to be the largest party with 30 of the 63 seats – ahead of Labour on 24 while the Conservatives lost every seat they had on the council.
Nationally 12 more councils now have a Lib Dem majority and we made a net gain of more than 400 councillors across England.
Here in Tameside:
John Bartley took 363 votes in Ashton St Michael’s ward.
Rowan Fitton received 358 votes in Droylsden East.
378 people supported Peter Ball-Foster in Hyde Newton, beating the Greens into fourth place.
In neighbouring Stockport, the Liberal Democrats are calling for residential roads across the borough to be 20mph, in an effort to improve road safety and tackle issues of air quality.
Cllr Mark Roberts of Bredbury Green and Romiley said: “On the doorsteps we have found that slowing the speed that people drive on our residential roads is a big issue for residents. Many years ago the Lib Dems brought in a policy of 20mph outside schools when we ran the council, and now we want to see the widespread adoption of slower speeds on the roads we live on too.
“Given the on-street parking across the borough that compresses traffic, 30mph can just seem too fast and a slower speed limit could help save the lives of many loved pets and help protect children. Residents should be able to reclaim their street from the cars which race down them.
I joined the Liberal Democrat Party in June 2016 immediately after the referendum. I was devastated by the result. I feel the UK will be stronger remaining in the EU. I have always favoured the Liberal Democrats and the party felt a natural fit for me, especially with their pro-remain stance.
I joined the LibDems with the intention of being active in the party although at the time I had no idea how. I just felt that to try and make a difference I needed to take part and not just observe. The first thing I did was search for my local party page on Facebook, I found Tameside Liberal Democrats Facebook page. Then I discovered the LibDem Newbies UK Facebook page and was warmly welcomed by everyone. I realised then that I had made the right decision. I made contact with Tameside Liberal Democrats and was invited to my first LibDem pint just before Christmas 2016. It was great; there were representatives from my local party and also people from the more experienced Hazel Grove LibDems. I was warmly welcomed and given loads of really good advice. I came away feeling ready to take an active part. I attended a Christmas card and leaflet delivery session in Romiley.
In January I attended a meeting where I was nominated and voted in as the new Chair of the reconstituted Tameside Liberal Democrats. I decided to stand as Chair because I could think of no better way to become an actively involved member of the party. I want to make a difference to Tameside and get the Tameside Liberal Democrats active again. Tameside needs a Liberal Democrat voice to be heard again. I know it’s going to be hard work but I am determined!
Tameside Liberal Democrats will be hosting some events in the coming months, Action Days (leaflet dropping and door knocking) and social events such as LibDem pint, Libertea and some slightly posher dinners. We are looking forward to meeting members at these events.
I look forward to meeting everyone very soon and making a real difference in my community.