Liberal Democrat Rob Herd held our third place in yesterday's City of Chester parliamentary byelection - and increased our vote.
Cumbria's Lib Dem MP Tim Farron tweeted: "Very good result for Labour, congratulations to Samantha Dixon MP. Awful result for the Conservatives. I think I'm allowed to point out that the Lib Dems impressively avoided being squeezed and increased our vote - this feels significant! Well done Rob Herd (candidate) and Paul Trollope (election agent)"
Also on twitter, former Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach commented: "What an absolutely shocking result for the Tories in what was a previously marginal seat in 2010/2015".
The Liberal Democrats started in third place, where there is usually a 'squeeze' by the two leading parties.
Instead our vote share increased as we went from 6.8% of the vote in 2019 to 8.4% - while the Conservatives got their worst result in Chester since 1832. Thank you to all 2,368 voters who gave us their support.
Labour 17,309 (61.2%, up 11.6%)
Conservative 6,335 (22.4%, down 15.9%)
Liberal Democrats - Rob Herd - 2,368 (8.4%, up 1.6%)
Green 787 (2.8%, up 0.2%)
1,476 votes split among the five other candidates.