Conservatives take Richmond Park constituency

Zac Goldsmith won 28,588 votes, beating off Sarah Olney.

For the past year, Richmond Park has been represented in the House of Commons by the Liberal Democrats after Conservative Zac Goldsmith lost his seat to Sarah Olney.

A by-election took place in December 2016 following his resignation over the Government’s decision to build a third runway at Heathrow airport.

But this year, the former Tory MP and London mayoral candidate had been elected by his party to run again for the constituency of Richmond Park.

In a video posted on his Twitter page, he promised “a strong local representative with a proven track record of getting things done and a direct channel to Government to secure the best possible outcome from the Brexit negotiations”.

In the 2015 General Election, he won the seat with 34,404 votes, defeating his Liberal Democrat rival Robin Meltzer who scored 11,389 votes.

This year’s Richmond Park General Election saw an outstanding 79.3 per cent turnout, 26 per cent more than the 2016 by-election.

The constituency has always been held by the Liberal Democrats until Conservative Zac Goldsmith won the seat in 2010.

 

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