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Christian politicians react to local election results

by Cara Bentley

At the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost over 1000 council seats, Labour have lost over 70 and UKIP have lost over 130. 

The Liberal Democrats have gained over 500 seats, the Green Party have won at least 150 additional seats and others, including Independents, have increased their numbers by over 500. 

Premier has been speaking to Christian politicians about their take on these results. 

Siobhan McDonagh, the Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden told Premier: "The turnout was astonishingly low, around about 25%. And that's probably a signal that people are a bit fed up with the main parties regarding Brexit.

"I feel sorry for any of our local county labor councillors, you've worked hard, you know who've done their best and find themselves standing for election on local issues, and that being judged by national ones

"I hope we will reflect on the impact of Brexit and that we will continue to support the people deciding what is going to happen with Brexit because clearly parliament has a log jam."

Gary Streeter, the Conservative MP for South West Devon said: "Many people are very, very unhappy that we haven't delivered and implemented the vote in the referendum of June 2016 and they're trying to punish us in these local elections.

"I would hope that your listeners would be able to pray that somewhere, whether it's the government or the government plus Labour - or somehow, we find a way forward on Brexit, which means we can deliver it within the next few weeks and months and put all this very difficult time behind us."

Baroness Sal Brinton, Christian and President of the Liberal Democrats told Premier's News Hour that many voters are dissillusioned with the main parties: "It's not just in Parliament: split cabinet, split country - the tone of politics and the one thing that I saw going around the country with our candidates was absolutely the fury of people saying 'Come on, just sort this out'". 

"I think what's happened today has been a resetting but for us as Liberal Democrats, there's a very clear message from people that they like our community politics, they like what we do locally and they respect - even if they don't agree - with our stance on Brexit as being absolutely clear."

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