THE Lib Dems have been warned not to think their by-election win in North Shropshire means they are popular or anything.
The 34.2 per cent swing to the party, who took a previously safe Conservative seat by almost 6,000 votes, follows their victory in June’s Chesham and Amersham by-election which was also nothing to do with them.
Voter Norman Steele said: “It looks, on paper, like a triumphant Lib Dem resurgence. It isn’t. I should know, I voted for them.
“The Lib Dems are here, as ever, the placeholder party. Nobody knows what they stand for and it doesn’t matter. They are a repository for protest.
“This constituency’s going straight blue again the minute the Tories get rid of that insolent haystack-haired partying lout. Farming folk don’t change their minds in a hurry.
“All that’s happening is the Lib Dems once again fulfilling their sole function: to be a party that is neither the Tories or Labour.”
Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said: “I am Ed Davey. I am the leader of the Lib Dems. I am, honestly.
“This is a stunning victory which means we’ll say a load of embarrassing shit about forming the government, then go back to total obscurity with three MPs or whatever it is.”