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Press release – Euro Election results further reinforce Lib Dems likely to win back Colchester

by martingosscolchesterppc on 4 June, 2019

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Lib-Dems back as main challengers for Colchester MP

Result puts Lib-Dems in best position to beat 4th place Tories

The European election result in Colchester confirms that the Liberal Democrats are the party best placed to beat the Conservatives at the next General Election.

That was the prediction of the Party’s Prospective MP, Martin Goss, who said that with the Liberal Democrats finishing 7,713 votes ahead of Labour – who came fifth – it meant that he was in a strong position to regain the Colchester Parliamentary seat which was held for 18 years until 2015 by Lib-Dem Bob Russell.

Martin Goss said: “This outstanding vote for the Liberal Democrats follows on the equally impressive results in the Borough Council Elections earlier in the month when Labour came third – and yesterday Labour came fifth, behind the Green Party.“

Although the newly-formed Brexit Party topped the poll in Colchester, with 17,034 votes, the pro-European Parties – Liberal Democrats (11,114 votes), Green (6,707) and Change UK (1,637) – had a combined vote greater than the anti-EU Brexit Party.

The Conservatives finished fourth with 4,175 votes. Labour polled 3,401 votes.

Martin  Goss pointed out that the voting figures were for the Borough of Colchester which does not have the same boundaries as the Colchester Parliamentary Constituency which is the town of Colchester, with the rural areas of the Borough being shared by the Harwich & North Essex and the Witham constituencies.

Around a third of the Borough is not in the Colchester constituency.

Martin Goss said: “I think it is fair to assume that a large part of the Brexit Party vote came from Conservatives expressing their disapproval of the Conservative Government’s handling of Brexit – and that much of that vote could return to the Tories at the next General Election.

“It is therefore important for people who do not want a Conservative Government to vote, in Colchester, for the party best placed to beat the Tories – and as Bob Russell proved at four General Elections, if the anti-Tory vote rallies around the Liberal Democrats then the Tories can be beaten in Colchester.”


27th May 2019


Martin is available for further comment at either his mobile number 07912 396335 or this email address.

About Martin:

Martin has lived in Colchester since he was four and moved here in 1978.

He attended Prettygate Infants and Junior School before attending Philip Morant School. He also attended Colchester Institute for his further and Higher Education before completing his degree part-time whilst working.

Martin works in IT as a Senior Leader within the Insurance sector and has worked in Colchester so has first hand

experience of being truly local.

He lives in Mile End with his wife Rachel and has family in Prettygate and Stanway.

Martin has been a Borough Councillor in Mile End for eleven years and is the Cabinet Member for Waste on Colchester Borough Council. He is also a frequent rail commuter and very active campaigner on a wide range of issues.

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