General Election 2015: Wimbledon Lib Dem candidate ‘disappointed’ after Tory MP romps to victory

A disappointing night for the Liberal Democrats was made worse for the Wimbledon Lib Dem candidate when her share of the votes almost halved compared to 2010.

Shas Sheehan managed to summon up just 13% of the overall vote while Conservative candidate Stephen Hammond romped to victory with more than half of the votes.

Ms Sheehan conceded that her party had suffered a crushing defeat across the country.

She said: “Nationally the Liberal Democrats are not having a very good night, at eight or nine percent.

“We are seeing quite a lot of very high profile Liberal Democrats losing their seats and their colleagues, whose loss I feel very greatly.”

She took comfort in the fact that the percentage of Wimbledon votes cast was above the national average achieved by the party yet she admitted that she was very disappointed by the result.

Despite this loss she was quick to thank those who had supported her throughout the campaign and stated that she had enjoyed campaigning nonetheless.

“I’m very, very proud of my team and very grateful to the effort that they’ve put in in helping me put together an excellent campaign that we’ve run in Wimbledon,” she said.

“We really focused on local issues and how we can improve the lives and representation for local people here in Wimbledon –I’m very disappointed.”

The result has seen the Liberal Democrats slip into third place in the Wimbledon poll, while Labour moved into second place with Andrew Judge acquiring 26% of the vote.

Green Party candidate Charles Barraball had earlier claimed that he would be pleased with anything greater than 5% of the vote, a target that the party failed to achieve by a slim margin.

Peter Bucklitsch of UKIP will also be disappointed with the result as earlier in the evening he told SW Londoner that his personal aim for the poll was to finish third.

Mrs Sheehan is one of many south west London Liberal Democrats, including Ed Davey, and Vince Cable who won’t be taking their seats in the House of Commons.

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