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Local Elections: Sir Ed Davey on ‘Very Positive’ Lib Dem Results

A Liberal Democrat source shared with Express.co.uk a document that included the names of 10 Conservative MPs at risk on the so-called ‘Blue Wall’. The Conservative MPs were identified after the Liberal Democrats calculated how ward-by-ward local election results would translate into parliamentary constituencies. While Boris Johnson’s Tories faced a series of resounding results, the Liberal Democrats emerged as clear winners in recent local elections in England after the party won 194 seats in 146 boroughs on May 5.

Much of the Liberal Democrats’ successes were in the south of England, including the true blue county of Surrey.

Dominic Raab, who was demoted to Attorney General in Boris Johnson’s September reshuffle, was high on the Lib Dems’ political ticket after the Tories lost six Elmbridge councillors.

Esher & Walton, which opted for the UK to remain in the European Union, narrowly brought back the Brexit-backing former foreign secretary after his majority of 23,298 votes was reduced to just 2,743 in 2019.

However, the Lord High Chancellor’s 4.4 per cent lead over the Liberal Democrats would have been lost if the result of the May 5 local election were to be emulated in the next general election.

Instead, the Liberal Democrats would lead with a 6.8 percent majority in a 10.8 percent swing.

Raab has since admitted it will be a challenge to retain his ‘Blue Wall’ seat when Britons go to the polls next time.

Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge after the local election, the deputy prime minister said: “Look, it’s going to be a tough fight for me in my seat.”

However, Mr. Raab added: “I am sure that he [Boris Johnson] he can and will win the next election.”

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Warning parliamentarians! Lib Democrats plot to oust TWO leading Brexiteers in Tory ‘Blue Wall’ (Image: Getty)

Dominic Raab's majority of 23,298 votes dropped to just 2,743 in 2019.

Dominic Raab’s majority of 23,298 votes dropped to just 2,743 in 2019. (Image: Getty)

Sir John Redwood could also face a challenge in nearby Berkshire.

The former Welsh secretary, who ran against Sir John Major for the Tory leadership in 1995, has been seen as a prominent Eurosceptic in Conservative Party seats for many years.

Redwood even cited concerns about fishing rights and the Northern Ireland Protocol when he joined another Tory MP who abstained in the vote to approve Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

Redwood voters in Wokingham, who have returned a Conservative MP to the House of Commons in every election since 1924, reduced their majority from 18,798 to just 7,383 in 2019 after former Conservative MP Phillip Lee ran in favor of Liberal Democrats in favor of the EU.

But the Conservatives’ 11.9 percent lead is now thought to have been changed to a 16.2-point lead for the Liberal Democrats.

However, the Liberal Democrats have not only set their sights on the England that continues to vote.

Two Conservative MPs backing Brexit on the list represent voters in the voting seats of Hazel Grove and Carshalton & Wallington.

Hazel Grove, which is represented by prominent ‘Pork Pie Plotter’ William Wragg, even saw a whopping 18.6 percent swing in favor of the Liberal Democrats.

Ten seats of the 'Blue Wall' where the 'Tories are in trouble' from 2019 to 2022

Ten seats of the ‘Blue Wall’ where the ‘Tories are in trouble’ from 2019 to 2022 (Image: Express)

Ten 'Blue Wall' seats where 'Conservatives are in trouble' over Brexit vote and MPs' Brexit position

Ten ‘Blue Wall’ seats where ‘Conservatives are in trouble’ over Brexit vote and MPs’ Brexit position (Image: Express/Chris Hanretty)

And the Lib Dems have enjoyed recent success at the heart of Johnson’s Brexit.

Helen Morgan won the race to replace Owen Paterson in North Shropshire after the Eurosceptic former Environment Secretary resigned from the House of Commons following a breach of parliamentary lobbying rules.

Responding to the Liberal Democrats’ local election victories in the south of England, Vice-President Daisy Cooper said: “This election is the clearest warning shot yet for Conservative MPs on the other side of the ‘Blue Wall’ who they see their vote crumble before their eyes.

“Having a law-breaking prime minister and a tax-collecting chancellor at the helm, sitting idly by while families struggle with the cost of living emergency, has left many Conservative ministers sitting very uncomfortably.

“Lifelong former conservative voters who are sick of being ignored are turning to liberal Democrats and our offer of a fair deal en masse in a ‘Blue Wall’ backlash.”

Cautioning the Conservative Party, the St Albans MP added: “Make no mistake, we are putting MPs on notice who have taken their constituents for granted for too long.”

Despite the growing confidence of the Liberal Democrats, a polling expert has warned that the results of the local elections will not necessarily carry over to the next general election.

Chris Curtis, head of political polling at Opinium, said turnout in local elections was not only lower than in the general election, but was also “naturally inflated” by a disproportionate number of liberal Democrat voters.

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Sir John Redwood's majority dropped from 18,798 to just 7,383 in 2019

Sir John Redwood’s majority dropped from 18,798 to just 7,383 in 2019 (Image: Getty)

Helen Morgan (left) won the race to succeed Owen Paterson and Daisy Cooper (right) is the deputy leader.

Helen Morgan (left) won the race to succeed Owen Paterson and Daisy Cooper (right) is the deputy leader. (Image: Getty)

He also stated that general elections can produce very different results as voters tend to vote on national issues rather than deciding which party would be best placed to run the local council.

In another blow to Sir Ed Davey’s party, Curtis suggested that the Tories could “squeeze” Conservative voters who had gone over to the Liberal Democrat on May 5, echoing David Cameron’s 2015 election warning, which argued that it would be better to vote for the Liberal Democrats. the equivalent of a Labor vote.

But Curtis also said that the liberal Democrats “are in a good place” and could hang on to former conservative voters.

He said: “There is increasing evidence that they are so nervous about the Conservatives that even though they voted Conservative last time, that kind of negative argument doesn’t work as well as it used to.

Curtis added: “I think because the Labor Party under Keir Starmer has become so much less scary to these voters than the Labor Party under Jeremy Corbyn or Ed Miliband, there’s actually a chance the Lib Dems will win a lot more.” of these voters on top.”

However, a ‘Blue Wall’ Conservative MP has dismissed the threat posed by Liberal Democrats in the south of England.

He told Express.co.uk: “The Conservatives are focusing on the things that really matter in people’s lives and are delivering on the priorities of the British people; strengthening our economy, investing in public services and alleviating people’s cost of living.

“We must remember that in many parts of the country conservatives have made progress and I am confident that we will continue to make progress.”

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