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Lib Dems overturn 16,000 Tory majority to win Chesham and Amersham by-election by 8,000 votes

The Liberal Democrats secured a historic by-election win in Chesham and Amersham this morning, overturning a majority of more than 16,000 to snatch the previously safe Tory seat.

Liberal Democrat Sarah Green won with a majority of 8,028 over Conservative David Fleet, gaining 21,517 votes - nearly 57% of the total - to his 13,489, 35.5%, on a turnout of just over 52%.

Green candidate Carolyne Culver got 1,480 votes, with Labour's Natasa Pantelic receiving just 622.

It is the first time the seat, which was formed in 1974, has ever been lost by the Conservatives.   

Reacting to the news, Orkney and Shetland Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael tweeted: 'A fantastic result tonight for our new MP @SarahGreenLD - a testament to her dedication and that of the many @LibDems volunteers and staff who met Chesham and Amersham voters and gave them a voice after they felt left behind by Boris Johnson's Conservatives. This is huge.'

Chesham and Amersham, named after the market towns in the constituency, has had just two MPs in its history, Sir Ian Gilmour until 1992, and former Welsh secretary Dame Cheryl Gillan until her death in April. 

Counting underway in Chesham leisure centre earlier today

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