Humiliating loss for Nick Clegg - but Vince Cable returns
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 10:57
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall was unsuccessful in Boston & Skegness, with the Conservatives holding the seat with a majority of 16,572.
Current Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron's result was subject to a tense recount but the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP eventually emerged triumphant in the small hours.
Early reports had claimed the former Deputy Prime Minister might lose the seat, according to a Lib Dem source, but now it has been confirmed.
Conceding defeat, Clegg said "in politics, you live by the sword and you die by the sword".
And on Thursday night, the prediction came to pass in Clegg's Sheffield Hallam constituency, where Labour's Jared O'Mara claimed a big scalp.
Labour insiders said many former Conservative voters, who backed Clegg in 2015 to make sure Labour didn't win the seat, were not set to vote tactically this time around, paving the way for Labour to leapfrog the Lib Dems to victory. "He will be a big loss to us and to parliament because of his expertise and understanding of European issues so I think it is a big loss".
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Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said Mr Clegg had handled his defeat with "great dignity".
Ms Swinson, the former equality minister, won the seat in Dunbartonshire East from the SNP with a majority of 5,339.
But the Labour Party saw an increase of 19.7 per cent, grabbing votes from the Lib Dems and Conservatives.
The party's press office has tweeted that there will be "no coalition" and "no deals". "He [could not] take the party with him, nor any of the over 100,000 membership".
Lord Ashdown also told ITV News that Theresa May had "lost all credibility" during this election.
The Lib Dems focused their campaign on winning the votes of Remainers, pledging a second referendum on the Brexit deal negotiations and calling for the United Kingdom to remain in the single market.