Sarah Olney pulled off a huge upset in the Richmond Park by-election as the Liberal Democrats overturned a 23,015 to oust ex-Tory MP Zac Goldsmith.
Both candidates campaign was firmly against the Heathrow expansion, however, Olney focused her campaign on the issue of Brexit.
The Lib Dem MP, who is against a ‘Hard Brexit’ polled 20,510 over Goldsmith’s 18,638 as Labour’s Christian Wolmar and the rest of the candidates lost their £500 deposit.
Olney targeted the pro-remain constituency with her support of a “Soft Brexit” where 69% voted to remain earlier this year. The Lib Dem has openly admitted that she would vote against triggering Article 50 which would begin the UK’s process of leaving the EU.
This is another bitter blow which has seen Goldsmith lose out twice after losing to Labour in the race to become London Mayor before losing his own constituency last night.
Olney said: “The people of Richmond Park and North Kingston have sent a shockwave through this Conservative Brexit government, and our message is clear – we do not want a hard Brexit.
“We do not want to be pulled out of the single market, and we will not let intolerance, division and fear win.”
- Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrats) – 20,510
- Zac Goldsmith (Independent) – 18,638
- Christian Wolmar (Labour Party) – 1,515
- Howling Laud Hope (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party) – 184
- Fiona Natasha Syms, (Independent) – 173
- Dominic Francis Stockford, (Christian Peoples Alliance) – 164
- Maharaja Jammu and Kashmir (One Love Party) – 67
- David Powell – 32
Turnout = 53.6%