Newly elected MP says voters think it is ‘Labour’s turn’

The incoming Chester MP said voters had sent a strong message that they think ‘It’s Labor’s turn’.

Amantha Dixon, the former leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, won the seat in Thursday’s by-election, increasing Labor’s majority in the first election test for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

After the result, she told the media: “I think I got a very strong message from Chester voters that they want the Conservative cost of living crisis to be addressed immediately.

The government that has ravaged our economy, destroyed our public services and betrayed the people who put their trust in them in the last general electionSamantha Dixon

“I don’t think they think the Conservatives have the answers, I think they think it’s Labor’s turn now.”

She described the city of Chester as a “flagship constituency” and said the result was “really, really encouraging”.

In a speech following the result, Ms Dixon described meeting a pensioner who opened her door “wrapped in blankets” and worried about her heating bills.

She said: “People in Chester and across the country are really concerned.

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Ms Dixon won the seat again for Labor by a majority of 10,974 votes after the contest was sparked by the resignation of Labor MP Christian Matheson (Danny Lawson/PA).

“Worried about losing their homes because they can’t afford mortgage payments or rent, worried about turning on the heat, worried about putting food on the table for their families.

“That’s the cost of 12 years of Conservative government.

“The government that has ravaged our economy, destroyed our public services and betrayed the people who put their trust in it in the last general election.”

She said voters had sent a “clear message” to the government.

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Ms Dixon said the government “is on borrowed time and people want change” (Danny Lawson/PA)

She added: “You have said unreservedly that Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives no longer have a government mandate.

“His administration has broken the promise that each generation should do better than the previous one.

“His government has no ideas, no plan to address the major problems facing our country.

“His government is on loan and people want change.

“It’s time for a general election and it’s time for a Labor government.”

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