Commenting on polls closing in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said Richard Foord can an “energetic and inspiring campaign” against a Conservative party which has “taken the people of Devon for granted2.
She continued: “He has proudly stood up for his local community and demanded better for it.
“Never in the history of British politics has a majority this big been overturned in a by-election.
“We’ve said throughout this campaign this is a huge mountain to climb.
“However, if the Conservative Party lose significant numbers of votes tonight in one of their safest seats in the country, there will be countless Conservative MPs looking over their shoulders nervously tomorrow.
“Many parts of the country now face a clear choice at the next election. It is either four more years of Boris Johnson, or a strong local champion in a Liberal Democrat MP.”