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Tories narrowly beat Lib Dems in BFP poll
THE Conservatives have narrowly defeated The Liberal Democrats in our online election poll.
More than 3,700 people took part in our week-long poll which saw the Tories scoop 1,580 votes, 42 per cent, to the Lib Dems’ 1,445, 39 per cent.
Labour were third with 439 votes, 12 per cent, followed by the UK Independence Party with 178 votes, five per cent.
Other parties got 89 votes, two per cent.
Technical restrictions meant visitors could only choose between five groups. They were restricted to one vote.
The Conservatives are the bookies’ favourites to retain Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Chesham and Amersham and Aylesbury seats.
Today Wycombe candidates gave their verdict on the poll.
At the 2005 election the Conservatives got 45.8 per cent, Labour 29.9 per cent, Lib Dems 19.8 per cent and others 4.6 per cent.
Tory candidate Steve Baker said: “I congratulate the Bucks Free Press for running this poll which was great fun.”
He said of the result: “It is a very interesting result. It look forward with some excitement to people turning out and showing us the real and final result.”
Mr Baker said ‘I have really no idea’ about the what the final result will be.
He replaces Tory Paul Goodman, who has stepped down after nine years as MP over his disillusionment with Parliament.
Labour’s Andrew Lomas and Lib Dem Steve Guy have both said only their party can defeat the Tories.
Mr Lomas said: “I don’t think it is representative of the results that will come out of it, it is just a bit of fun.
“It is going to be tough, I don’t want to pre-judge how people are going to vote.”
Mr Guy said: “It shows that Labour are out of the game now so we are on the heels of the Conservatives and we are the party that could cause an upset.”
Mr Wiseman, UKIP’s candidate, said: “Five per cent is better than nothing, at least I won’t lose my deposit on that.”
He said he felt UKIP was losing votes as people were voting tactically such as backing the Conservatives to remove Labour. This is a ‘great pity’ he said.
The Bucks Free Press will bring you a live blog of all the news and predictions from the counts tomorrow night and the final result as soon as it is announced.
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