Before Sir Ed Davey begins measuring for brand new curtains at No 10, it’s price contemplating the native points at stake in Chesham and Amersham, writes Camilla Tominey.
HS2 is mainly a swear phrase in that a part of leafy Buckinghamshire and residents have change into rather more opposed in the course of the pandemic, when the shift to residence working has made the multi-billion pound rail venture look like much more of a white elephant.
One other main issue has been the Authorities’s plan to construct everywhere in the constituency just because it occurs to be on the finish of the Metropolitan line. Folks transfer there to flee the urbanisation of London, to not see it replicated on their doorstep.
Brexit has additionally performed a component. Chesham and Amersham voted 55 per cent in favour of Stay, so the Lib Dems are pure bedfellows. Boris Johnson, who isn’t universally standard on this a part of the Residence Counties, ought to take observe.
With the Labour vote having collapsed, it is just to be anticipated that these center class libertarians will vote yellow – particularly when the Prime Minister has spent the final 15 months eroding their civil rights.