New poll predicts close result between Conservatives and Lib Dems in St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire

6 Oct 2023
Ian near the river in St Neots, with a decorative St Neots sign in the background

New poll predicts close result between Conservatives and Lib Dems in St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire

A major new poll has shown that the Liberal Democrats are the main challengers to the Conservative Party in the new St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire constituency at the next election.

The MRP poll by Stonehaven, reported in The Times last week, finds that Liberal Democrat candidate Ian Sollom would be fewer than 1800 votes behind Conservative Anthony Browne if an election were held now.

It comes after Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey vowed to “tear down the Blue Wall” at the next election in his speech to his party’s Autumn Conference, following the party’s four stunning by-election wins in formerly safe Conservative seats in the past two years.

The Liberal Democrats have set out a range of landmark policies at their conference, focused on fixing local health services that have been run into the ground. These include giving people the right to see a GP within a week or 24 hours if in urgent need, a legal guarantee to start cancer treatment within two months of an urgent referral and ensuring people can get an NHS dentist appointment when they need one.

Responding to the poll, Liberal Democrat candidate for St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire Ian Sollom said:

“This poll shows the momentum is with the Liberal Democrats in St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire. I am proud that we have set out a clear plan to fix our local health services, end years of Conservative Party neglect and deliver the change people here deserve.

“For too long this Conservative Government has taken our area for granted and failed to tackle the big issues faced by local families. People here tell me they are fed up with struggling to get a GP appointment, soaring prices in the shops and our rivers being polluted by filthy sewage.

“It’s now clearer than ever that only the Liberal Democrats can beat the Conservative Party in St Neots and that every vote will count. As our next MP, I would stand up for local families and provide the strong voice in Parliament that our area so desperately needs.”

The Times story can be found here (paywall).

Full poll can be found here.

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