Tory admits his party needs to 'do more' in Chester after crushing General Election defeat


Staff reporter (Chester Standard)

Chester's beaten Conservative candidate says the party needs to do more in the city following last week's crushing General Election defeat.

Labour incumbent Chris Matheson swept to a landslide win, securing 32,023 votes – 9,176 more than his Tory rival Will Gallagher, with Liberal Democrat Lizzie Jewkes coming a distant third with 1,551 votes.

Mr Gallagher gave no interviews to the Press after the result was announced but told the Leader yesterday he had heard the message the Chester electorate had sent to his party on June 8.

The former Chester King's School student, 35, said: "I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported me with their vote. 

“More people in Chester voted Conservative last week than in any election here since 1992. However, it was not enough – and that’s very disappointing. 

“It is clear that our party needs to do more to convince people in Chester that we care about, and will improve, the quality of life for everyone in the city. We have heard that message."

The total number of votes cast in Chester was 56,565, with the turnout of 77.7% – up from 70.8% in 2015 when Mr Matheson won by just 93 votes.

It was Labour's narrowest winning margin of the 2015 General Election, and most experts had predicted a close fight this time around.

But it proved to be anything but as Labour held the City of Chester seat comfortably.

Chester-born Mr Gallagher, whose family run Gallaghers Mitsubishi dealership at Sandycroft in Deeside, lives in London but had promised to relocate to his home city if he won the election.

The Tories won the most seats last week but it proved to be a chastening night for the party as a Labour surge meant they lost their majority in the House of Commons, resulting in a hung parliament.

Prime Minister Theresa May is currently trying to strike a deal with the DUP to stay in power.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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