Shock by-election win paves way for Lib Dem gain in Stone
By Alec Sandiford
The Liberal Democrats are on track to win seats across the country at the next General Election, including Stone, following their historic by-election victory overnight.
The Liberal Democrats won the once safe Conservative seat of North Shropshire, overturning the Conservatives' majority of almost 23,000 votes.
It is the second parliamentary by-election the Liberal Democrats have won against the Conservatives this year, following their victory in Chesham and Amersham over the summer.
Alec Sandiford, Liberal Democrat candidate for Stone, believes the party's win in the North Shropshire by-election could pave the way for a win in the local area at the next General Election.
"We saw last night in North Shropshire that people are fed up with being ignored and taken for granted by the Conservatives.
"In Stone, just like in North Shropshire, voters can back the Liberal Democrats to send Boris Johnson's Conservatives a clear message.
"If we can win in North Shropshire, then we can win here. It is clear the fight here will be a two horse race between the hard-working local Lib Dems and an out-of-touch Conservative candidate.
"I have been swamped by messages from local people who are appalled by Boris Johnson's behaviour over alleged illegal parties under his own roof and his inability to be honest about it.
"The Liberal Democrats believe people deserve a fair deal where everyone plays by the same rules - including those in Downing Street. We will deliver that fair deal with good schools, safe streets, and high-quality healthcare."