LIBERAL Democrat Stephen Kearney claimed victorious Prime Minister Boris Johnson would ‘rip the UK out of the heart of Europe’ following the Conservatives landslide victory in the General Election.
Kearney finished a creditible third and added nearly 2,000 votes to his tally recorded in 2017 but was the best of the rest in a result dominated by the Conservatives and Labour once again.
The keen Lib Dem stressed the positives of the result but said Brexit had once again been at the forefront of discussions.
“I think the whole Brexit issue has dominated British politics for so long, it looks as if Boris Johnson will rip us out of the heart of Europe and we are going to be looking at the impact that has and will have on how we behave politically,” he said.
“Our job is to lead and one of the things I will be looking at is how Robin Walker does for Worcester in terms of Brexit. If it does turn out to be a disaster and I hope I am wrong, but if it does then Robin Walker and the Conservatives will have to held to account.
“I’m pleased especially about the campaign, we have ended up with a number of new activists and backers working in specific wards so I would say the Lib Dems are back in Worcester and here to stay.
“We need to bring the party together in the city and it’s very important they have a strong parliamentary candidate and spokesperson, the support I had during the campaign was great and it did bring people together,” Mr Kearney added.
Green Party candidate Louis Stephen said the current electoral system in Britain was broken which only bred a ‘terrible and tribal style of politics’. He said people had voted for the Green Party because they wanted a politics that was more compassionate.
Independent candidate Martin Potter said: “I hope fundamentally that Brexit will be done and it will be done properly, swiftly and with style.”