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Lib Dems storm EU elections across the board in Camden

Lib Dem councillor Luisa Porritt is elected to European parliament

26 May, 2019 — By Richard Osley

Lib Dems Keith Moffitt, a former council leader, and Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary candidate Kirsty Allan celebrate

THE Liberal Democrats are celebrating striking European election results which saw the party win big across Camden.

Although ward-by-ward figures have not officially released, the New Journal understands that the party topped the polls in all areas apart from Regent’s Park, Somers Town and Kilburn, where Labour remained in first place.


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The victory in Camden helped propel Luisa Porritt, a councillor in Belsize, to being elected to the European Parliament as the party went from having no MEPs in London to taking three under the list system.

Lib Dems at the count today (Sunday)

Cllr Porritt told the New Journal: “It feels like the Lib Dems are back on the map in Camden again, and it’s great to see us doing well in wards that we haven’t been as active in recent years as well as the ones that we fought hard in the local elections last year.”

She added: “I think there is definitely potential to stretch beyond the European elections. Obviously we will have to see how the polls go after these elections have passed – but at the moment I think we can see that both of the main parties aren’t particularly popular. So I think we are potentially looking at third party politics again.”

Labour campaigners Nazma Rahman and Katherine Bligh look on

Meanwhile, as counting continued throughout the afternoon at the 5PS council offices in King’s Cross, it became clear the Conservative vote had collapsed and it was later declared in sixth place.

 

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