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Lib Dems hope to make gains in Bromley after Richmond Park by-election win

PUBLISHED: 10:55 06 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 06 December 2016

Sarah Olney MP with local Lib Dem parliamentary candidates Sam Webber and Julie Ireland

Sarah Olney MP with local Lib Dem parliamentary candidates Sam Webber and Julie Ireland

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The party pointed out that the two areas of London share many similarities

The Liberal Democrats are hopeful they can capitalise on their recent Richmond Park by-election win by making gains in Bromley.

Lib Dem candidate Sarah Olney scored a convincing victory in last week’s by-election, overturning a 23,000 majority held by former Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, who stood down to run as an independent after the government backed the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

But after the constituency voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU, many saw the by-election result as a rejection of the government’s Brexit policy.

As Bromley also voted remain - albeit with a smaller majority of 51 per cent - Tim Farron’s party claims the borough is now “in play” following the Richmond Park result.

It says Bromley’s Conservative councillors are “hardline Brexiteers” and pointed out that Beckenham MP Bob Stewart was in favour of Brexit.

The party claims local residents have been saying the Conservatives running Bromley are complacent and out of touch, and it called on MPs to back remaining in the Single Market.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Julie Ireland said: “No one knows what Labour’s position is on Brexit, so it’s up to the Liberal Democrats to hold local conservatives to account.”

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