The Liberal Democrats have topped the poll in Cheltenham in the local elections, gaining 49.4% of the vote compared to the Conservatives on 35.1%. The Cheltenham party won seven of the town's ten seats on Gloucestershire County Council and only lost the remaining three by a few hundred votes.
Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader, said:
“This is a fantastic result that shows that the momentum locally is with the Liberal Democrats.
"Martin Horwood was a brilliant and hard-working local MP who delivered results for the people of Cheltenham.
“He can be a strong local voice for the area again, standing up to the Conservatives' damaging Hard Brexit and fighting to prevent cuts to our schools and the NHS.
“The Liberal Democrats are the only party that can challenge Theresa May and provide the strong opposition Britain needs.”
Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheltenham Martin Horwood added:
“This is a fantastic result that puts us in a strong position here for the General Election on 8 June. I'd like to congratulate Klara Sudbury and Chris Coleman - both elected with majorities of over a thousand votes - and Iain Dobie, Simon Wheeler, Bernie Fisher, Colin Hay and Suzanne Williams on their successful re-elections. I'd like to thank Paul McCloskey, Dilys Barrell and Dennis Parsons for all their hard work for their communities which resulted in such near misses in their divisions on Thursday."