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West Midlands returns Phil Bennion for Lib Dems in European Election

May 24, 2019 10:56 AM

The Liberal Democrats in the West Midlands have returned an MEP to the EU, following an increase in vote share in the region.

Former, and returning MEP, Phil Bennion, said: Phil Bennion 1

"This is a fantastic result in the West Midlands, following a successful local election campaign that gave us our biggest ever gains. We appreciate everyone who voted for us - you have all played a part in building our country up, instead of backing others who want to knock it down. I also thank my fellow candidates and the whole campaign team who did an amazing job.

"I can guarantee I will turn up to the European Parliament to do the job I was elected to do; I'm not sure this is a guarantee all newly-elected MEPs can make. I will actively work on bettering the lives of the people in the UK and Europe.

In Telford & Wrekin, we saw a 9% swing from Labour to the Lib Dems (compared with the 2014 results), and polled ahead of the Conservatives in the elections, held 23rd May. Nationally, the Lib Dems achieved 20.3% voteshare, beating Labour and the Tories for the first time since 1906, and returning 16 MEPs.

There can be no doubt. These results - our best ever in an EU election - prove that the Liberal Democrats are back in business.