Liberal Democrats victorious in Stratford-on-Avon - The Stratford Observer

Liberal Democrats victorious in Stratford-on-Avon

Philippa Mingins 5th Jul, 2024 Updated: 8th Jul, 2024   0

HISTORY has been made in Stratford-on-Avon as the first female MP and the first Liberal Democrat for over a century won the constituency seat at the General Election.

Manuela Perteghella broke 118 years of Conservative rule as she secured 23,450 votes last night. The Liberal Democrats last had an MP in Stratford in 1906 when they again defeated the Conservative Party.

She is also the first ever female MP to represent Stratford-on-Avon in Parliament.

Ms Perteghella took a resounding 8,000 vote majority with Conservative Chris Clarkson taking second place. Nadhim Zahawi had been the Tory MP before the election, but did not seek re-election.

The full result for the Stratford-on-Avon parliamentary constituency is:

Seyi Agboola (Labour) 3,753 votes

Chris Clarkson (Conservative) 16,328 votes

James Phillip Crocker (Reform UK) 7,753 votes

Neil O’Neil (New Open Non-Political Organised Leadership (NONPOL) 186 votes

Manuela Perteghella (Liberal Democrats) 23,450 votes Elected

Doug Rouxel (Green) 1,197 votes

Kevin John Taylor 292 votes

Following her victory, Ms Perteghella said: “Stratford-on-Avon thank you. You have made history.

“After more than a hundred years of Conservative MPs, you have returned a Liberal Democrat MP, and the first woman to represent Stratford-on-Avon.

“Thank you most of all to the wonderful people here in Stratford, Alcester, Studley, Shipston, Henley, Bidford and the many villages of our great constituency.

“Thank you for talking to me on the doorsteps about the issues that matter to you, about your worries and your hopes for the future. I want to restore trust in politics, after years of scandals, and be the voice of our community in Parliament. I shall stand up for all residents as well as local businesses and represent our communities with passion and fairness.

“I’m humbled and incredibly proud to have been elected to represent the place I call home. I will be a strong voice for us all, for our local economy, our local environment and our local services. I will fight every day for the fair deal you deserve.”

The Conservatives are now the minority party in Warwickshire with only Sir Jeremy Wright holding his seat in Kenilworth and Southam.

The turnout was 70.2 per cent.

The turnout in 2019 was 74.72 per cent – 73.97 per cent in 2017 and 72.39 per cent in 2015.


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