Nick Clegg biggest casualty among General Election 'big beasts'

Elias Hubbard
June 9, 2017

Sean Kemp said the party's "bruising" recent disappointments mean he will continue to err on the side of caution, but he reckons his party would take the 14 seats they're forecast to win in the Ipsos Mori poll.

It is believed that the constituency's high student population contributed to the ex-Lib Dem leader's exit.

The 74-year-old ousted the Conservatives' Dr Tania Mathias, who snatched the seat in 2015 with a majority of just 2,017. In 2015, he resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after the General Election when the Lib Dems took a hammering, losing 49 MPs as the party suffered a backlash from their support to the Conservatives in coalition, breaking their tuition fees pledge.

He polled 19,756 votes, but lost to the Labour rival Jared O Mara who won on 21,881.

Mr Clegg had appeared relaxed about his prospects in the final days of the campaign, visiting other seats and using a speech in London to set out his case against Brexit.

Stephen Howse said: "Aye, it is probably so".

Among the SNP's losses, former leader Alex Salmond lost his Gordon seat to the Conservatives' Colin Clark.

The senior SNP politician had starred in Westminster - holding Theresa May to account in PMQs. He lost his seat by a majority of 831.

The cabinet office minister played a key role in the team responsible for the manifesto and had been tipped for promotion if the Prime Minister returned to Number 10, but lost out on the opportunity thanks to 831 votes.

Mr Gummer reportedly claimed the Brexit outcome had made him "sick to the pit of my stomach".

Junior ministers James Wharton (Stockton South) and Jane Ellison (Battersea, Balham and Wandsworth) also lost their seats.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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