The Lib Dem losses
13 May 2015, Blog
The Liberal Democrat performance in London proved a rather apt reflection of the massacre they faced nationally in the General Election last week. The party lost two-thirds of their vote share and six out of their seven MPs in the capital.
The Labour Party, typically stronger in large urban areas, won the lion’s share of seats from the Lib Dems, taking Brent Central, Hornsey & Wood Green. Deputy leader of the party, Simon Hughes was one of the more high profile candidates to lose out to Labour, ousted by Neil Coyle in the seat of Bermondsey and Old Southwark.
The Conservatives enjoyed success in the South West suburbs of London, claiming the seat of Kingston and Surbiton from (now former) Energy Secretary Edward Davey by 2,834 votes. In perhaps one of the most shocking results of the evening, political veteran and Business Secretary Vince Cable lost his Twickenham seat to Conservative candidate Tania Mathias.
The only Lib Dem who will now be providing a “liberal voice” in the capital is Tom Brake. He managed to narrowly hold on to his seat of Carshalton & Wallington largely, it is speculated, because the Conservatives had diverted resources from his seat to higher-profile constituencies in London.