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Westmorland & Lonsdale

Parliamentary constituency


General Election 2017 results
Party Votes % Net percentage change in seats


Liberal Democrat

Tim Farron Votes 23,686 header_vote_share 45.8 Net percentage change in seats -5.7



James Airey Votes 22,909 header_vote_share 44.3 Net percentage change in seats +11.1



Eli Aldridge Votes 4,783 header_vote_share 9.3 Net percentage change in seats +3.8



Mr Fishfinger Votes 309 header_vote_share 0.6 Net percentage change in seats +0.6

Turnout and LD majority

LD majority




Vote share

Party %
Liberal Democrat 45.8
Conservative 44.3
Labour 9.3
Independent 0.6

Vote share change since 2015

Liberal Democrat

Latest updates

Farron wins Health Secretary's promise on mental care

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised to look into claims that young people suffering mental illness in Cumbria aren't getting the care they need.

In the Commons today, the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, said the care system in South Cumbria was not available around the clock..

Jeremy Hunt to look into mental health care for youngsters.

Mr Farron said the clinical commissioning group for the area should make sure there was care out of hours; we've asked Morecambe Bay CCG for their response and will bring it to you when it arrives.

Twitter, a Cumbrian MP, and his tipple of choice

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has found his picture used to illustrate a story in Australia on the dangers of drinking high-energy drinks.

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A members of the Lib Dem MP's staff said: "We've no idea where it came from.

"Any publicity is good publicity."

Cumbrian MP's expertise on Blackburn wins Mastermind

Westmorland and Lonsdale Lib Dem MP Tim Farron faced the BBC's John Humphrys on a subject other than politics for the first time, with an appearance on Celebrity Mastermind.

His specialist subject was nothing to do with his constituency; it was his team, Blackburn Rovers.

Prince of Wales to visit Westmorland Show

The Prince of Wales is coming to Cumbria again next Thursday.

He's going to the Westmorland County Show to highlight his commitment to supporting British agriculture and rural communities.

It was founded in 1799 and is one of the oldest and largest agricultural shows in the country. It attracts more than 30,000 visitors every year.

Prince of Wales

Why Tim Farron kept quiet about quitting leadership through election campaign

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has revealed he decided to resign from the leadership of the Liberal Democrats two weeks after the general election was called, although he said nothing publicly until after polling day.

Mr Farron - the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale - told BBC 5 Live he could not see a way of remaining leader after facing criticism about his religious views on homosexuality in the opening days of his party's campaign.

"I thought there isn't a way forward out of this without me either compromising or just causing damage to the party in the long run," he said.

"But I thought right, you've got to put that in a drawer, don't talk to anyone else about it, get on and do as good a job as you can."

Tim Farron: Why I cried after quitting

Cumbria's caption competition picture from the election

Martin Lewes


If there's one photograph from the general election in Cumbria that deserves a good caption, it must be Tim Farrow accepting a reduced majority in Westmoland and Lonsdale, with his opponent Mr Fishfinger in the background, who attracted 309 votes.

Tim Farron and Mr Fishfinger at declaration.
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Westmorland Tories consider next step

Martin Lewes


Westmorland and Lonsdale had Conservative MPs for 99 years until Tim Farron took the seat with a majority of just 267 in 2005.

In 2010 he was more than 12,000 votes ahead of his Conservative opponent Gareth McKeever, and in 2015 Ann Myatt cut that back to just over 8,000; with both candidates being brought in from elsewhere in the country.

James Airey is a farmer from South Cumbria with a long record in local politics, and in a year when the Liberal Democrats made gains elsewhere, the party leader Tim Farron saw his own majority reduced to a marginal 777.

This morning, asked whether he would stand again, Mr Airey's reply was "Absolutely, yes".

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Doncaster's Mr Fishfinger fails to beat Tim Farron

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A man from Doncaster who dressed as a fish finger during the general election campaign while standing as an independent against Tim Farron in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency has failed in his bid to oust the Lib Dem leader.

Mr Fishfinger and Tim Farron
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Mr Fishfinger finished fourth in the poll behind the Lib Dems, the Conservatives and Labour:

Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency result

During the night Mr Fishfinger spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria about why he stood dressed like he did:

Did the Green withdrawal help Farron survive?

The Green Party decided late in the day not to stand in Westmorland and Lonsdale.

In 2015, their candidate Chris Loynes took 1,798 votes.

Tim Farron's majority this time was 777.

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'If you voted Mr Fishfinger, I'm your MP'

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron faced his most serious opponent since he was elected in 2005, in the shape of local Conservative farmer James Airey.

There was also a more humorous candidate called Mr Fishfinger.

When all the votes were counted, Mr Farron's Liberal Democrat majority plunged from nearly 9,000, to 777.

Here's his reaction:

You only need to win by one, and my job, it doesn't matter how people voted in the election, whether you voted Liberal Democrat, Labour, Conservative, or even for the Fishfinger, I'm your MP."

Tim Farron
Tim Farron and Mr Fishfinger (left)
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Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Tim Farron
, have the following results:
  • 25,194 total votes taken.
  • 51.5% share of the total vote
  • -8.5% change in share of the votes
, with candidate Ann Myatt
, have the following results:
  • 16,245 total votes taken.
  • 33.2% share of the total vote
  • -3.0% change in share of the votes
, with candidate Alan Piper
, have the following results:
  • 3,031 total votes taken.
  • 6.2% share of the total vote
  • +4.6% change in share of the votes
, with candidate John Bateson
, have the following results:
  • 2,661 total votes taken.
  • 5.4% share of the total vote
  • +3.2% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Chris Loynes
, have the following results:
  • 1,798 total votes taken.
  • 3.7% share of the total vote
  • +3.7% change in share of the votes

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