As we’re looking at the results coming in, there are two clear stories emerging:
First is a message of hope. Our projected national vote share is up 7% – the largest vote increase of any party. In many parts of the UK, the Lib Dems won more councillors and took a big step to winning on 8th June.
With many results still to come in, we’ve topped the polls in Cheltenham, St Albans, Cambridge, North East Fife, Cardiff Central, Bath, Edinburgh West, Eastleigh, Oxford West & Abingdon, Watford and Eastbourne.
We’ve made gains in many more areas that are key to winning on 8th June.
While Labour and UKIP have been swept aside, we are still standing strong.
The second story is about the Conservatives.
They have had a good day. They turned this local election into a national one changing the dynamic of the election. They won over most of the people that voted UKIP in the past.
When the dust settles at the end of the day, the scene will be set for the General Election.
On one side will be the Conservatives, their plans for a damaging, dangerous Brexit and heartless cuts to our schools and NHS, which will only be made worse by a large majority and our communities taken for granted.
The other side is the Liberal Democrats. We offer a path of hope for a Britain. We need a different approach to Europe, we must invest in our NHS and ensure every child can go to a good school.
We have a message of hope to fight their message of fear.
Together we can change Britain’s future.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats