Election 24

Lib Dems’ historic win in two Stockport constituencies

It was a memorable night for the Liberal Democrats as they gained two seats in Cheadle and Hazel Grove, while Labour hold their seat in Stockport.

The 4th of July election was a huge win for the Liberal Democrats across the country, but in Greater Manchester, two new seats were gained in the Hazel Grove and Cheadle constituencies.

Both seats were previously held by Conservatives, Hazel Grove under the recently resigned William Wragg since 2015 and Cheadle under Mary Robinson since 2017.

There were overwhelming majorities for Lib Dem wins in both constituencies, Hazel Grove with 17,328 votes for Lib Dem, followed by 9,011 votes for Conservatives. In Cheadle they led with a huge majority of 23,681 votes, followed by 11,446 votes for Conservatives.

Hazel Grove’s new MP, Lib Dem’s Lisa Smart, said: “It’s a great night for the Lib Dems. It looks like we have won in lots of places. I’m particularly pleased to see us gain seats in the North and in the Midlands. Each one of those Liberal Democrats will be a local champion in their community.

“I will work year in, year out for our community. I am not afraid to make a pest of myself standing up to what this community needs.”

Despite a large Conservative loss, Paul Athans from Hazel Grove remained positive and looked forward to building back trust with the community.

He said: “We need to show a united front. We need to get the trust back in people who have maybe lost their trust in us.

“The main way we’re going to do that now is holding the new Labour government to account.”

The hall erupted when the results were announced, with Cheadle’s Lib Dem gain causing the most uproar of cheers and shouts for their new MP.

Cheadle’s new MP, Lib Dem’s Tom Morrison, said: “I’m really humbled by the fact people have put me into Parliament to represent them. It’s my home town, I love this area, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Stockport as a constituency remains Labour under Navendu Mishra who won the majority by a mile with 21,787 votes, followed by 6,517 votes for Reform UK.

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