Lib Dems claim by-election will be a disaster for Boris Johnson – Were going to win

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As counting continues for Owen Paterson’s successor, the Lib Dems have already predicted they will win the by-election “comfortably.”

In the previous election that Mr Paterson won, the Lib Dem candidate only received 10 percent of the vote.

According to a Lib Dem spokesperson, this time will be much different.

They said in a statement: “We’re not just going to win, we’re going to win comfortably.

“This is an amazing night for the Liberal Democrats and a disaster for Boris Johnson.”

Mr Paterson’s constituency had been controlled by the Tories for all but two of the past 190 years which made it an ultra-safe Conservative seat until now.

Christine Jardine, Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West, who was at the count, told Sky News that local Tory voters were “tired of being taken for granted”.

She added: “For Boris, the party is over.”

Asked about the Lib Dem claim, Edward Timpson, the Conservative MP for Eddisbury in Cheshire, told Sky: “I don’t have that information, but I do concede it’s been a very difficult night for us.”

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