Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election -

Held by the Tories’ Richard Har­ring­ton, be­low Ma­jor­ity of 2,092 over Labour

Ex­perts be­lieve Wat­ford is a true three-way fight. In the 2016 Brexit poll, the bor­ough voted 50.3 per cent Leave, and 49.7 per cent Re­main. The seat has al­ter­nated be­tween Labour and the Con­ser­va­tives since World War Two. Be­tween 1979 and 1997, Wat­ford was rep­re­sented by a Tory – and be­tween 1997 and 2010 by Labour – in line with the na­tional re­sults. But in re­cent years, the Lib­eral Democrats have placed sec­ond. In 2017 the Tories polled 26,731, while Labour took 24,639 on a late surge. The Lib Dem can­di­date took just 5,335 votes but elec­tions expert Lord Rob Hay­ward ex­pects the re­sult to be much closer this time as the Lib Dems con­trol the coun­cil. The re­sult will largely de­pend on how many Re­main vot­ers desert the other par­ties to vote Lib Dem. The Brexit Party has also de­cided to stand – also po­ten­tially tak­ing some votes from the Tories


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