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UK election results: Liberal Democrats acknowledge failure for Cleggmania

Publié par Clifford Armion le 05/07/2010

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Allegra Stratton

"The Liberal Democrats acknowledged early today that they appeared to have failed to capitalise on their campaign surge and that Cleggmania had not translated into a historic number of votes for the party.

"Aides started to brief the media that a good result for the party might be that it retains the number of MPs with which it went into the election. Though officials moved early to discount the first exit poll which put their party down by four seats, by 5.30am the party had suffered a net loss of five seats.

"Impartial analysts said the party had punched below its weight and their own aides said they thought it had fallen prey to a "classic two-party squeeze", with many persuaded not to bother to vote Lib Dem. High profile campaigners such as the party's home affairs spokesman, Chris Huhne, managed to hold on to his Eastleigh seat despite being heavily targeted by the Tories, and Jeremy Browne saw off a Tory challenge in Taunton Deane. However Lembit Opik lost his seat in Montgomeryshire, and Evan Harris lost Oxford West and Abingdon."

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"UK election results: Liberal Democrats acknowledge failure for Cleggmania", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juillet 2010. Consulté le 24/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/uk-election-results-liberal-democrats-acknowledge-failure-for-cleggmania