2:50 am round up: Jane has done it and it wasn’t even that close

So we’ve done it! I will never forget that shot of Shaun Roberts and Dave McCobb on Sky News. They were smiling, and looking very smug indeed.

And Jane walking in and looking so happy.

It’ll be a while before I stop crying.

Here’s the result in full:

Davies C  Conservative 12,401

Davies T   Labour 1,680

Dodds J Liberal Democrat 13,826

Parkinson D Brexit 3381

Phillips L UKIP 242

Pink, Lily the 334

We have done it!!!

Jane’s speech, paraphrased:

People in Brecon and Radnorshire have sent a powerful message.

34 years ago a Liberal victory sparked a liberal revival.

People demand better.

The message from me and our new leader – is that you can have better, and better with the Liberal Democrats. This victory must be a turning point for not just for b and r but for our whole country too.

There is no time for tribalism when our country is faced with the threat of a no deal brexit.

My first act as MP will be to find Boris wherever he is hiding and tel him to rule out no deal Brexit now.

This is a time when people who share liberal values must work together which is why I want to thank the Green Party and Plaid Cymru to back me this time.

It is an immense privilege to follow in the footsteps of Roger Willians and Richard Livesey.

I am so glad I went down and spent those 4 days in Llandrindod Wells. LDV team members spent about 18 days there in all.

If you want to get to know Jane and what makes her tick better, here is my interview with her from  two weeks ago on Saturday.

And now the by-election circus moves to Sheffield Hallam. How amazing would it be to get Laura Gordon elected too.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Superb result. Well done to all involved.

  • Mick Taylor 2nd Aug '19 - 3:22am

    Typing error shows the result mixed up and Jane with 3826 rather than 13826. Took a moment to work it out!
    Great result.
    Now back to sleep here in Llandrindod Wells. Glad we came. Sheffield next.

  • Due to the words “Liberal Democrat” somehow having landed in the midst of the number, Jane Dodds’ winning figure is misstated; it should be

    Dodds J Liberal Democrat 13,826
    Dodds J 1 Liberal Democrat 3,826.

  • Nonetheless, congratulations to Jane, and may the revival of the Liberal Democrats continue!

  • Slight worry that we’d probably have lost if there had been a Brexit/Con pact. If a GE does get called any time soon, it suggests those two parties need to have a good think about how to approach it.

  • Congratulations. As a side note, the Loonies beat the loonies.

  • Tristan Ward 2nd Aug '19 - 5:46am


  • Jane wins on 43.5% of the vote & gets elected . Brexit is won by 52% of the electorate votes & is ignored by the LibDems who wish to deny the people their winning vote . Pretty much sums up politics in this country .

  • Yeovil Yokel 2nd Aug '19 - 7:26am

    TERRY – Jane’s 43.5% of the vote was split between 6 choices on the ballot paper; Leave’s 51.9% was split between 2 choices (and that was 37 months ago).

  • Mick Taylor 2nd Aug '19 - 7:55am

    Oh dear, Terry. Not even a word of congratulations just more carping. How very churlish

  • Terry, you mean the Lib-Dems exercising their democratic right in a democracy to campaign against what many now regard as a flawed vote?

    Some people really need to read up on the difference between democracy and dictatorship.

  • Richard Underhill 2nd Aug '19 - 9:29am

    It is normal to thank the Returning Officer, who is obviously bilingual, but he gave the numbers for the top four candidates only in Welsh leaving Sky News to translate.
    He did give the result of UKIP and the candidate for the Monster Raving Looney Party in English, but only in English.
    Although their party policy is not to win elections, according to the memoirs of their founder, the late Screaming Lord Sutch, they made history when their candidate in a parliamentary by-election on Merseyside got more votes than the candidate for David Owen’s party (which we called SDP2) causing their main financial backer to withdraw support. David Sainsbury became a Labour minister in the Lords and was obviously displeased with the Owenites’ result.
    It is now possible to resign a life peerage, but David Owen has not yet done so.
    ‘Lord’ Sutch was never a member of the House of Lords. He stood in more by-elections for the Commons than anybody else, including the Ribble Valley by-election, of which he said that he kept meeting Tories who were telling him they were going to vote Liberal Democrat (to the distress of the Tory candidate who had supported Margaret Thatcher’s poll tax). The Tory chairman (Chris Patten) was given an early bath.

  • Richard Underhill 2nd Aug '19 - 9:46am

    david 2nd Aug ’19 – 8:45am:
    I asked Richard Livsey MP, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Livsey,_Baron_Livsey_of_Talgarth
    whether having four candidates to choose from increased the turnout.
    He said that the constituency had always been high voting.
    A very nice man, but something of an understatement.
    84% had been the average in 1950.
    Turnout can be increased by offering everyone someone to vote for, as in STV, which is mostly used in Northern Ireland (to protect minorities) and in local elections in Scotland because Lib Dems insisted on it when in government in the Scottish Parliament.

  • Dan MB

    Yes, slight worry but today is not the day to worry about it! Today we celebrate getting Jane into Parliament.!!!

  • Terry you are assuming all those who voted Lib Dem are Remain, all Cons voters are Leave, It does not appear to be as simple as that. Polls say 20%+ Con voters are Remain , 12% of Lib Dem voters are Leave while Labour has 20% Leave and some Brexit voters are just protesting generally. We really will not know the actual overall truth until there is another Referendum.

  • William Francis 2nd Aug '19 - 11:36am

    1) The referdum was non-binding.
    2) a lot had change in 3 years.
    3) Nobody voted for no deal.

  • marcstevens 2nd Aug '19 - 12:18pm

    It wasn’t 52% of the total electorate though was it. EU citizens like my hard working Polish neighbour were denied a vote (though they can vote in local elections) whereas Commonwealth citizens were. 16/17 year olds were denied a vote unlike in the Scottish referendum. So your brand of democracy is about excluding people not including them, I don’t call that democratic. Then there are the people who didn’t vote either way.

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