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Lib Dems land best ever gains

May 7, 2019 9:35 AM

Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, this evening hailed the best ever gains of councillors in local elections in the party's history.

Alongside almost 700 gains the party landed serious blows to the Conservatives with stunning victories to gain councils including Chelmsford, Hinckley and Bosworth and the Vale of the White Horse - as well as holding the Mayorality in Bedford.

Sir Vince Cable at a #peoplesvote march in 2017 (Photograph: Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images)With the party on track to secure a national equivalent vote share of 19% - the best since 2010 - Cable hailed the result as a clear sign the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party for remain going into the European Elections.

Vince Cable said:

"These are spectacularly good results, stemming from the hard work and the commitment of our campaigners all around the country.

"This is a springboard to the European elections in three weeks' time, when we hope to do well again.

"Ours is the strongest Remain voice in British politics. Every Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit."