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Nick Clegg biggest casualty among General Election 'big beasts'

July 23 2018, 05:53 | Jonathan Williams

Nick Clegg biggest casualty among General Election 'big beasts'

Nick Clegg biggest casualty among General Election 'big beasts'

Opponents of Brexit lost one of their star players in parliament as Nick Clegg failed to retain his Sheffield Hallam seat.

eX-deputy prime minister Nick Clegg lost his seat in one of the biggest shocks of the night.

Speaking on the Today programme the former deputy prime minister said he believes many of his constituents turned to the Conservative party as a result of his own fierce opposition to Brexit.

Party leader Tim Farron clung onto his Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency but with a vastly reduced majority - down from almost 9,000 in 2015 to just 777.

Further ministerial casualties included health minster Nicola Blackwood, who lost Oxford West and Abingdon to the Lib Dems, civil society minister Rob Wilson, who went down to Labour in Reading East, and James Wharton, whose Stockton South seat went to Mr Corbyn's party. His defeat also bucks the national trend that has seen the Liberal Democrats increase their number of MPs. "He will be a big loss to us and to parliament because of his expertise and understanding of European issues so I think it is a big loss".

In his concession speech, Mr Clegg congratulated Mr O'Mara on a "spectacular victory" and said representing the constituency had been the greatest privilege of his political life.

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The Labour leader insisted he would not strike a deal with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and was working for a majority Labour government.

He clung on to his Sheffield Hallam seat, which he first won in 2005, with a substantially reduced majority before defeat in 2017.

Meanwhile, Lib Dem warhorse Sir Vince Cable has swept back into his former Twickenham seat with 34,969 votes.

The Conservatives' housing minister lost his marginal Croydon Central seat to Labour's Sarah Jones by more than 5,000 votes.

But at the last election he won 40% of the vote, compared to 53.4% in 2010, significantly reducing his majority to just 2,353.

The Cabinet Office minister and son of former agriculture minister John Gummer - who had been defending a 3,733 majority - lost the seat to Labour's Sandy Martin.

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