Double whammy for Remainers as Nick Clegg loses… and Kate Hoey wins
Clegg bowed out saying that 'you live by the sword, you die by the sword'.
Opponents of Brexit lost one of their star players in parliament as Nick Clegg failed to retain his Sheffield Hallam seat.
The former deputy prime minister became the first major figure to fall in the 2017 general election when the seat was taken by Labour’s Jared O'Mara with a majority of 2,125.
And there was further bad news for Remainers when Labour’s Kate Hoey increased her majority in Vauxhall.
The Liberal Democrats had been making a concerted effort to oust Hoey from the London constituency after she teamed up with Nigel Farage to argue for Brexit. Local Lib Dems distributed a leaflet showing Hoey’s face merged with Farage and distributed images of the pair celebrating on board the so-called Brexit flotilla during the EU referendum campaign.
But despite the campaign against her, Hoey comfortably held the seat with more that 31,000 votes, while the Lib Dems could only manage 11,326 votes.
In his concession speech, Clegg said: “In my time in parliament, I have never shirked from political battles. I have never retreated from the political battlefield. I have always sought to stand by the liberal values I believe in.
“But I have, of course, encountered this evening something that many people have encountered before me tonight... you live by the sword, you die by the sword.”
More positively for the Lib Dems, former ministers Vince Cable and Jo Swinson both won back their seats after losing them in 2015.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron kept his seat of Westmorland and Lonsdale. However, his majority fell from 8,949 to just 777.