New poll predicts Liberal Democrat Candidate Zöe Franklin on course to win Guildford at the General Election

2 Oct 2023

New poll predicts Guildford voters are turning against Conservative MP Angela Richardson and Liberal Democrats on course to take the seat.

A new poll suggests Zöe Franklin, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Guildford, could defeat the Conservative Party at the next election. 

The poll for The Times newspaper suggests if an election were held now,  Liberal Democrat candidate Zöe Franklin would overturn the majority held by Conservative MP Angela Richardson. 

The poll, conducted by Stonehaven, takes into account the predicted impact of tactical voting as voters swing behind the candidate most likely to beat the Conservatives.

It comes after Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey vowed to “tear down the Blue Wall” at the next election in his speech to his party’s Autumn Conference, following the party’s four emphatic by-election wins in formerly safe Conservative seats in the past two years.

The Liberal Democrats have set out a range of key policies at their conference, including:

  • Giving people the right to see a GP within a week, or 24 hours if in urgent need 
  • A legal guarantee to start cancer treatment within two months of an urgent referral 
  • Ensuring people can get an NHS dentist appointment when they need one.

Responding to the poll, Zöe Franklin, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Guildford said:

“This shows the momentum is with the Liberal Democrats in our area, and that voters want a change. 

“I am proud that we have set out a clear plan to tackle what really matters to people; health services, the cost of living crisis and the impact that years of the Conservative Government’s neglect has had on people and communities. 

“I am angry and frustrated to hear people tell me they are fed up with struggling to get a GP or dentist appointment, soaring prices in the shops, rents and mortgages spiralling, and our rivers being polluted by filthy sewage.

“It’s now clearer than ever that the Liberal Democrats are best placed to beat the Conservative Party in Guildford, but every single vote will count. We are committed to showing voters that we will not let them down. As Guildford’s MP, I would proudly stand up for local families and be the strong voice in Parliament that our area so desperately needs.”

More Information

  • The Times story can be found here.
  • Full poll can be found here.


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