Lib Dems win Chesham and Amersham by-election

The Liberal Democrats have won the parliamentary constituency of Chesham and Amersham, taking the formerly safe seat from the Conservatives in a by-election.

Lib Dem Sarah Green secured 21,517 votes, ahead of Conservative candidate Peter Fleet with 13,489, meaning the Lib Dems took a surprising majority of 8,028.

The contest was called after the death of the local MP Cheryl Gillan, who had represented the constituency since 1992 and held it in 2019 with a majority of 16,223. On 17 June, the Green Party received the third highest number of votes (1,480), with Labour enduring one of the worst by-election results in its history, with 622 votes.

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said: "We were told it was impossible for any party to beat the Tories here in Buckinghamshire. We were told this seat was too safe and the Tories too strong. This Liberal Democrat win has proved them utterly wrong."

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