05 Jul, 2024

Liberals deliver record result in UK election

On 4 July, the United Kingdom held a general election to elect all 650 members of the House of Commons. 

ALDE Party member Liberal Democrats won 72 seats, a new record high number of seats beating the 62 obtained in the 2005 general election. 

The Lib Dems obtained a 12.2% share of the popular vote, increasing their representation by 64 MPs and becoming the third largest party in the House of Commons. 

The Lib Dems took the constituencies of three of the four former Conservative prime ministers from the last 14 years: David Cameron (Witney), Boris Johnson (Henley) and Theresa May (Maidenhead). 

Liberal candidates also unseated prominent Conservative cabinet ministers Alex Chalk (Justice secretary) in Cheltenham, Gillian Keegan (Education secretary) in Chichester and Lucy Frazer (Culture secretary) in Ely and East Cambridgeshire. 

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey, who was re-elected in his Kingston and Surbiton seat with 25,870 votes, said it was "an exceptional result" and vowed: "This will not be a one off." 

“The Lib Dems have put voters' concerns at the heart of our campaign. I want to take the concerns of the British people seriously," Davey said. 

"I hope that the style we've gone about it has encouraged people to join the Liberal Democrats. It's certainly encouraged them to vote for us. This is an exceptional result, a historic result for the Liberal Democrats."

The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland made history and elected Sorcha Eastwood as Member of Parliament in Lagan Valley for the first time with 18,618 votes, keeping their representation in Parliament. 

“Fantastic result for Lagan Valley Alliance and for Sorcha Eastwood. What a breath of fresh air she will be on those green benches!” said Alliance leader Naomi Long MLA.

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