Huge swing as Glyn Davies ousts Opik

Reporter:

Dominic Robertson and Richard Jones

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.”

Full result:

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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