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Tiverton and Honiton elect Lib Dem MP after Tory ersigned for watching porn in Commons

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2 個月前
<p>Residents of the seat that just voted to oust Boris Johnson's party from power say they're both 'thrilled' and 'disappointed' with the result as the Lib Dems win.<br></p><p>The people of Tiverton, Devon, voted in a by-election in the seat on Thursday (24/6) as the Liberal Democrats aimed to pull the rug from under the Tories.</p><p>Securing a landside victory with a 38.6% swing to the Lib Dems, onlookers driving past party leader Ed Davey's victory speech honked their car horns and cheered at the result.</p><p>One local resident, retired Maggie Gard, in her 60's, said she voted Lib Dem tactically to get rid of the Conservative Party despite voting Green in the 2019 general election.</p><p>She said: "I just wanted to get the Tories out really. </p><p>"The Lib Dem guy seems okay. He seems like he has good policies for the environment, so he was definitely a good choice.</p><p>"I don't know many people who would vote Conservative at the moment - or at least not many that would admit it." </p><p>Maggie's friend, Paul Smith, 67, added: "We're really happy today. It's a great day for the country. </p><p>"I think it'd be great for the opposition parties if Boris stayed on, but on the other hand he's destroying so much of this country, breaking up the institutions.</p><p>"I dont know how much more we can take of this."</p><p>Maggie added: "The things he's doing to our democracy too just seem dangerous, restricting protests, bringing in new police laws. </p><p>"I dont think Boris Johnson move out of No.10 unless he's forced out. But they can't get rid of him for 12 months, so we might just be stuck with him.</p><p>"He's eroded any opposition within his party because he's pushed out anyone who wasn't his man, so nobody will stand up for him."</p><p>Asked whether she admired Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden for his resignation, Maggie said: "I dont know really. I think he's probably just taken the leap for him. </p><p>"I doubt much will come of it. I'm going to keep my mind open about the next general election. </p><p>"It depends what the political situation is in the country in 2024, whether I'll vote Lib Dem again."</p><p>Meanwhile, one new resident David Smythe, who moved to Tiverton just yesterday, said: "To be honest, I don't think I would have voted yesterday even if I had registered in time.</p><p>"I think it's quite hard to be a Conservative at the moment. The party has changed a lot in the last ten years.</p><p>"I've always voted Tory, but it's become very difficult over the last year.</p><p>"I think their candidate would have been much better than the guy who got caught looking at porn in the chamber, but I don't know if I'd have backed him."</p><p>David, 50, said he'd probably vote Conservative at the next election.</p><p>He added: "I do think Boris has probably got more flak than he deserved.</p><p>"The last three years have been pretty difficult with the pandemic and now the cost of living crisis, and I dont think anyone would have done a perfect job in solving it.</p><p>"Frankly even though he probably broke the rules, I expect millions of us did too - I know I probably did accidentally.</p><p>"I like the man, I think he reminds me of myself and other people like me, so I dont know if I want him to resign now - but something needs to be different."<br></p>
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