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What should we make of Sarah Olney’s win in Richmond Park?

Lib Dems should take heart—but not too much

By Tom Quinn  

Party leader Tim Farron and newly-elected Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney speak to the media on Richmond Green ©Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

The Liberal Democrats’ stunning victory in the Richmond Park by-election confirms the transformative impact of the EU referendum on British politics. Sarah Olney overturned a 23,000-Conservative majority, defeating Zac Goldsmith, who had resigned his seat and stood as an independent. The result has exhilarated opponents of “hard Brexit,” but…

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