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EU elections: New PM must win back trust, says leader of Camden Tories

Oliver Cooper suggests Labour should follow the Conservatives by changing leaders

27 May, 2019 — By Richard Osley

THE leader of the Camden Conservatives has called on his party to “win back the public’s trust” after a sobering set of European election results, which locally saw it slip to sixth place.

While the Liberal Democrats romped to victories across the borough, including in normally safe Tory territories like Frognal and Fitzjohns and Hampstead Town, the Conservatives received fewer than 3,000 votes.

Councillor Oliver Cooper, who was not running the local campaign, said: “Camden residents understand the huge difference between voting for the European Parliament and the local council. Hundreds of residents tell us each week that they appreciate Camden Conservative councillors’ work on the local things we can affect. Just in the last fortnight, that’s included backing residents’ opposition to construction plans for a skyscraper at Swiss Cottage, challenging Camden’s failing billion-pound CIP development programme, helping Hampstead’s Magdala pub get a licence to reopen, and much more.”

But he added: “Of course these are dire results for both major parties in London and nationally. Labour and Conservatives need to sort themselves out immediately and work hard to win back the public’s trust and confidence. The Conservatives are doing that by electing a new leader to take the whole country forward, and I urge Labour to follow suit by replacing Jeremy Corbyn.”

Conservative Charles Tannock lost his seat as the Tories drew a blank in the London region. He tweeted that he was “very sad”, adding: “One long and deeply enjoyable chapter closes and I hope another will shortly open.”

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