Sarah Dyke Wikipedia, Liberal Democrats, Wiki, Husband, Guardian
Sarah Dyke Wikipedia, Liberal Democrats, Wiki, Husband, Guardian – The trade unions were reportedly urged by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1969 to “get your tanks off my lawn.”
Well, tonight at the Royal Bath & West Showground, the Lib Dems successfully parked their tractors in the safe Somerset field of the Conservatives, reversing a 19,000 majority to win the seat in a parliamentary by-election prompted by David Warburton’s resignation.
Sarah Dyke, a Lib Dem, wins the Somerton & Frome by-election with a landslide.
With a majority of more than 11,000, liberal democrat Sarah Dyke won the constituency, which was being voted for the final time in its existing shape, with a swing of 29 per cent.
But tonight, the atmosphere in the room was devoid of shock.
At the same location in 2017, Conservatives were walking the corridors with confused expressions as word of a lost majority trickled in following a campaign that came dangerously close to giving then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn the keys to No. 10.
The Conservatives did hold Somerton & Frome and Wells in Somerset, despite the surprises elsewhere. Not the case this time. It didn’t, however, feel shocking.
Who can blame them, though? As candidates like nearby blues Rebecca Pow and James Heappey begin to plan to defend their seats in reconfigured constituencies in the coming 18 months, this result will undoubtedly send chills down the spines of Tory MPs across the nation and even across the county.
The yellow tractors will be turning on, with their lawns squarely in view. Much is made of the idea that by-elections are ripe for a “protest vote,” providing the people a free shot at those in power, among political pundits and in media briefings.
However, despite requiring a 15 percent swing, the Conservatives’ loss seemed certain. Councilwoman Faye Purbrick of Somerset received 10,179 votes as opposed to Sarah Dyke’s 21,187.
This was also a successful night for the Green Party. They briefly held out hope of taking second place, which would have been an incredible accomplishment and ought to have shocked people. But it appears that not even that seemed to make a difference at the Royal Bath & West. Neil Guild received just 1,009 votes, causing Labour’s vote to reach a new low and decline by about 10%.
Bruce Evans of the Reform UK defeated Labour with 1,303 votes, while independent Rosie Mitchell won with 635. Peter Richardson of UKIP received only 275 votes, while Lorna Corke of the Christian People’s Alliance received 256.
A by-election with the higher-than-normal turnout of 44% may have indicated the intensity of the sentiment behind the message that voters intended this poll to convey. Thursday brought a clear message. The people in Somerton and Frome wanted a change, so forget the spin, the reasons, and the excuses; this was a disastrous night for those in blue.
This seat will eventually disappear. The Conservatives will be hoping that the intention to convey that message also follows.
But for the time being, the Liberal Democrats have lost what they gained in 1997, when Tony Blair led Labour to a resounding win. This won’t be the last we hear about 1997 if these by-elections serve as the launch pad for the next general election campaign.