A SHOCK result has seen Lembit Opik ousted as Montgomeryshire’s MP after Conservative Glyn Davies overturned a huge majority to secure the seat.
Davies polled 13,976 votes, beating the Liberal Democrat incumbent’s 12,792 - a 13.2 per cent swing.
The other main gain saw Plaid Cymru’s Heledd Fychan move her party from fifth place to third, beating Labour’s Nick Colbourne into fourth.
A delighted Davies told the County Times the result was a “huge achievement”.
He said: “I think it’s a spectacular result and I remain in a state of shock. I had not expected such a result and congratulations to my team who have worked incredibly hard.”
A shell-shocked Lembit Opik said the defeat had come as a huge shock.
The eccentric Liberal Democrat had held the seat for 13 years.
He said: “If you stand for election, defeat is always a possibility and you have to respect that my Conservative opponent won fair and square and ran a very good campaign.
“I am surprised at the result, I did not expect it but it shows that life is an uncertain business.”
Glyn Davies (Conservative) - 13,976
Lembit Opik (Lib Dem) - 12,792
Heledd Fychan (Plaid Cymru) - 2,802
Nick Colbourne (Labour) - 2,407
David Rowlands (UKIP) - 1,128
Milton Ellis (National Front) - 384
Bruce Lawson (Independent) - 324
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