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The beaten Labour candidate in Lichfield and Burntwood said the party would learn from their General Election defeat.
Cllr Dave Robertson came second behind long-standing Conservative MP Michael Fabricant in the vote.
But the party saw the share of the vote decrease as the Tories extended their majority to more than 23,000.
And Cllr Robertson admitted it had been a tough night:
“It’s been a difficult one nationally and locally.
“It’s never great when you see your vote share decrease.
“What is really clear though is that there are a lot of people around who are not happy with the Conservative austerity agenda we’ve had for nine years now.
“Although there’s a picture that looks one way, it’s hiding some very significant swings in some different areas.
“We’ll go away, crunch the numbers and plan how we respond.”Cllr Dave Robertson
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The post-mortem on a poor night for Labour at the polls across the country has led many to question the leadership and the party’s stance on Brexit.
But Cllr Robertson said it wasn’t necessarily a case of local candidates being set up to fail by the party:
“Terms like that are an emotive way of looking at it.
“There are places around the country where Labour have made gains.
“Looking around Lichfield, there are places where what we’ve said have resonated and places where it hasn’t.
“We need to look really carefully at the information the electorate has given us and start looking at what parts of our society and community we need to reach out to and listen to going forward.”Cllr Dave Robertson
Full results for the Lichfield consitituency:
- Michael Fabricant (Conservatives) – 34,844
- John Madden (Independent) – 568
- Andrea Muckley (Green Party) – 1,743
- Paul Ray (Lib Dems) – 5,632
- Dave Robertson (Labour) – 11,206