North Shropshire by-election is 'once in a lifetime chance for change' says Ed Davey
Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey made his fifth visit to North Shropshire to campaign with by-election candidate Helen Morgan on the final weekend of the campaign.
On the visit on Friday he made a rallying call to residents across Shropshire to switch their support to Helen Morgan and the Liberal Democrats, who bookmakers have installed as favourites.
Fourteen candidates are standing in the poll to replace Conservative Owen Paterson, who resigned after being found to have broken lobbying rules.
In 2019 Mr Paterson won with a majority of 23,000 but both Labour and the Lib Dems are seeking to take advantage of the Tories' struggles with allegations of sleaze and lockdown rule breaking in recent weeks.
Speaking in Whitchurch, Mr Davey said: “North Shropshire has had a Conservative MP for decades but on Thursday we have a chance to send a message.
“This election gives residents in North Shropshire a once in a lifetime golden opportunity to vote for local Helen Morgan and tell the Conservatives that they cannot take the area for granted any longer.
“Something special is happening here, but the result on Thursday is too close to call. The choice is clear here - people can support a strong local champion in Helen, or back a Conservative from Birmingham who knows nothing about the issues this area faces.
“From local health services crumbling to farmers being left behind it is clear that North Shropshire needs an MP that lives locally and will fight for local services.
“Helen Morgan is a local champion who would deliver results for the local area.”
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