Jane Dodds has won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election for the Liberal Democrats, beating the Conservative candidate who had been found guilty of fraud and unseated in a recall petition.
The result was:
Liberal Democrat – Jane Dodds – 13,826 votes (43.46% +14.36%)
Conservative – Christopher Davies – 12,401 votes (38.98% -9.62%)
Brexit Party – Des Parkinson – 3,331 votes (10.47% N/A)
Labour – Tom Davies – 1,680 votes (5.28% -12.42%)
Monster Raving Loony – Lady Lily the Pink – 334 votes (1.05% N/A)
UKIP – Liz Phillips 242 votes (0.76% -0.64%)
Turnout 31,814 (59.72%)
Dodds posted on Twitter:
“THANK YOU!! DIOLCH!! Thank you to the voters of #BreconandRadnorshire for putting their trust in me to their Member of Parliament for – I’m so humbled by your support. Now let’s get to work!”
Chris Davies, the former Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, has been re-selected as the party’s candidate in the by-election which was caused by a successful petition to unseat him. Davies, who pleaded guilty to expenses fraud, was unseated when 19% of the constituency voted to oust him.
The date of the by-election has yet to be announced, but other candidates are expected to be Jane Dodds for the Liberal Democrats and Tom Davies for the Labour Party.
The constituents of Brecon and Radnorshire have unseated Chris Davies following his conviction in March 2019 for falsifying expenses. 10,004 of the 53,032 eligible voters in the constituency signed a petition for a by-election to be held. Davies has indicated that he may stand again in the by-election despite the criminal conviction, the date of which hasn’t yet been confirmed.