The Conservative majority has returned to a measly 80 seats – where it was after the General Election and before the victory in Hartlepool.
The Liberal Democrats overturned a 16,000 majority in the Chesham and Amersham by-election , triggered following the death of former Conservative MP Dame Cheryl Gillan. Leader Ed Davey has declared that the Lib Dems will now take on the Tories in the "blue wall" of traditional Tory seats in London and the Southeast. some are concluding that Tories must abandon planning reforms . But the loss of a by-election in these circumstances is no excuse to give up on the Government’s most important economic reform. It would be both economically disastrous and political short termism.
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