Electoral history was made in St Albans in the early hours of this morning (December 13) as Daisy Cooper became the city’s first Liberal Democrat MP.
She took the seat from Conservative Anne Main who had represented St Albans since the 2005 election. Ms Cooper received 28, 867 votes while Mrs Main got 22, 574.
Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Main said she was very disappointed to have lost her seat.
She commented: “I’m very disappointed. I’ve given my heart and soul to St Albans. It was pitched as a remain vote in St Albans and that is what people voted for but it’s not really going to make a difference now the Conservatives can carry through with a mandate and a majority.”
Ms Cooper meanwhile said she was delighted to have won.
She added: “I’m going to be an MP that lives in the constituency, that campaigns alongside the community and represents the views of the constituency.”
Ms Cooper won broad support in her campaign and was even joined by actor and comedian Steve Coogan. At a Q and A session at the city’s Marlborough Road church, he said he had been helping Labour candidates in marginals where they’ve got the best shot of turfing out the Tories and helping Liberals in situations similar to Ms Cooper’s.
He said: “We know, of course, the fact that this is a winnable seat that we have to vote Daisy here. It’s the only way of getting the Tories out. It’s a fight worth having.”
Meanwhile, tellers were hit by a leak in the roof of the counting hall. Counting was unaffected although some tables had to be moved.