Helen Flynn, Lib Dem has admitted defeat in Harrogate before the final result has been declared.
Mrs Flynn is awaiting the result at the Harrogate International Centre count, alongside Conservative candidate Andrew Jones, Green candidate Shan Oakes, Labour candidate Jan Williams and UKIP candidate David Simister.
She told the Harrogate Advertiser: “I knew I wasn’t going to win because of the last few weeks, I just found something was definitely shifting.
“I wasn’t expecting to win, but I wanted to do the best I possibly can. It is difficult when you are going up against it on the national picture.
“It seems to have been an appalling night for the Lib Dems. We have been punished for being part of this coalition.”
“Nick Clegg can’t survive as leader of the party, I am sure Nick himself will know that. How can he stay?
“It is sad in some ways and in 20 to 30 years time Clegg’s contribution will be appreciated.”
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