Former Somerset Tory MP Marcus Fysh quits party after election defeat in Yeovil

Marcus Fysh
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A former Conservative MP Marcus Fysh urged fellow Conservatives to "move on" as he dramatically resigned from the party. The former MP for Yeovil lost to his to Lib Dem candidate Adam Dance by a majority of more than 12,000 votes.

Hours after his bruising General Election defeat, he wrote on social media on Saturday evening: "I hereby resign from @Conservatives. It's dead. No chance of ever being electable again with its current non-Conservative Parliamentary composition. Move on. Let's do something else."

The campaign saw Messrs. Dance and Fysh lock horns at a number of public hustings - including one event in Ilminster over the weekend, where Mr Fysh described his opponent as "an imbecile" while taking questions from local farmers. Turnout was considerably down on the 2019 contest, with 61.39 per cent of voters coming out to vote either in person or by post - a drop of more than ten per cent.

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Mr Dance, the new MP had said: "Thank you to the people of Yeovil for putting your trust in me - to be your MP is a real privilege. I will be an MP who works for the area, like Paddy Ashdown and David Laws.

"I will go back to local advice centres, which will be held across the whole of the constituency, not just here in Yeovil. I will fight for local jobs, for a cleaner environment here, and for better local health services which we all need.

"I will always be an MP you can be proud of, and I will always be on your side because I was born and brought up here. I will be an agent for change in Westminster.

"We have to improve education and health, create a fairer society and meet head on the challenges of climate change. Thank you all so much for the trust you have placed in me - I won't forget it, and I promise I won't let you down."

The election saw Labour secure more than 400 seats in a total landslide, while the Conservatives suffered a significant defeat, falling well below their previous low of 156 MPs set in 1906.

This shift in the political landscape resulted in the ousting of a dozen Cabinet ministers, including Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt and Defence Secretary Grant Shapps.