The Liberal Democrats have issued a warning to Tories in Winchester after securing a historic double by-election victory.
Reacting to the victory, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Winchester and Chandler's Ford, Danny Chambers, said:
"The Liberal Democrats have made political history"
"We have upturned one of the safest Tory seats in the whole country. If voters are frustrated and angry enough with this government to over turn a 24,000 majority in Devon, the Lib Dems have every chance of winning in Winchester and other places in Hampshire.”
Mr Chambers added:
“This by-election result sends a loud and clear message: it’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now. This is also a message to the government that they have got to do more to tackle the cost of living crisis. People are really feeling the pinch right now and we need someone sensible leading us through this difficult time, not Boris Johnson.
“We need a government that focuses on reducing energy bills by helping people insulate their home and move to renewable forms of energy. We need a government that protects British businesses and farmers which are struggling to trade with our closest allies and neighbours in Europe. We also need a government that cuts backlogs in our NHS and sorts out ambulance waiting times."
"People want change, and they want a credible government.”
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Danny Chambers, who organised the visit, said:
“It was great to visit Newhouse Farm today with Stuart to discuss the huge challenges agriculture are facing right now, from the soaring price of fertiliser to trade deals that will undercut our animal welfare and farming standards."
"Not only are our farmers proud that we have the highest animal welfare standards in the world, but so are the British Public. Trade deals that compromise our standards in Britain will be bad for farmers, bad for animal welfare and bad for the environment. We need to supporting the production of high-quality, environmentally-friendly food rather than increasing food miles.
“As someone who grew up on a farm, I care deeply about the welfare and livelihoods of people who work in rural and agricultural communities. Rural mental health care is of a particular concern to me, with farmers and vets having very high suicide rates compared to the national average. More support is urgently needed for our rural communities."
Figures released by the Environment Agency revealed Southern Water pumped 486 hours’ worth of raw sewage into the River Itchen in 2021-2022.
Responding to the latest sewage data, Danny Chambers, the Lib Dem MP candidate for Winchester said: "People around here are furious at how badly Southern Water treats the River Itchen. It is outrageous to think wildlife in our local rivers is being poisoned by disgusting raw sewage.
"Last year Southern Water made an operating profit of £138m yet regularly dumps raw sewage into our streams and onto our beaches. The whole thing stinks!”
Mr Chambers also criticised Winchester MP Steve Brine, a Conservative, who voted against changes which would have banned water companies polluting rivers with sewage.