on another subject
the government gave the go ahead for a heathrow third runway today
Zac Goldsmith has tendered his resignation as MP for Richmond Park
so a by-election
Goldsmith will stand as an independent
so you have
- a split tory vote
- a constituency that voted 74% remain in the referendum
- a lib dem party that is quite a formidable local campaigning machine (see Witney, con majority 25k to 5k)
if anyone sees LD's odds against when the by election market goes up, its back up the truck time.
Lib Dems will be winning a ninth seat. (it was LD til 2010)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond_Park_(UK_Parliament_constituency
might need to wait
from Tom Newton Dunn on Twitter....I understand PM will give Zac Goldsmith a free run in Richmond by-election, Tories will not field a candidate. Straight fight with Libs.