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UNCERTAIN OUTCOME: Confusion reigns as polls predicting new MP for Berkhamsted vary widely

 Published on: 24th May 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The new Harpenden and Berkhamsted constituency could be one of the most hotly contested in the upcoming general election, if new polls are to be believed.

In January, a YouGov poll commissioned by Conservative Britain Alliance predicted that Liberal Democrat Victoria Collins would win the seat.

Then, on March 30, another poll carried out by Survation on behalf of the Best for Britain organisation predicted a win for the Labour Party, who have yet to choose a candidate.

Just four days later, another YouGov poll predicted victory for Conservative candidate Nigel Gardner.

Mr Gardner said: “Of course the only result that matters is how the good people of Berkhamsted vote on polling day. Between now and then, I am working as hard as I can to show that I will be a hard-working, responsible, common sense, local MP – who will look after the interests of all our residents whatever their politics.”

Ms Collins said: “The only poll that matters is when voters go to the ballot box for the general election. Across Harpenden and Berkhamsted, voters are already showing their support for the Liberal Democrats with incredible local election success.

“People in Harpenden and Berkhamsted deserve better and are crying out for real change after being taken for granted by this Conservative government.

“We shouldn’t be in a situation where local families can’t get a GP appointment, water companies get away with dumping sewage in our chalk streams, and people can’t afford the basics.

“As our area’s next MP, I would stand up for Harpenden, Berkhamsted, Tring and the surrounding villages and give local people the voice that they need and deserve.”

Symon Vegro, chair of the newly formed Harpenden and Berkhamsted Constituency Labour Party, said: “All three parties will be bidding to win this seat, and I urge voters to vote for whoever they believe will deliver change for this country. If voters are considering tactical voting to remove the Tories, figures show they are better off voting for Labour.

“The Lib Dems are presenting figures from 2019 to try and persuade voters to vote tactically, but the current situation is very different from 2019. With two stunning by-election victories in February, I believe we can win this seat, although there is much hard work to do to inform voters on the true state of the parties in the new constituency.”

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