Richmond and Sleaford

Compare Richmond (70% Remain) with Sleaford and North Hykeham (43% Remain). The tales of two by-elections point to a polarised UK. Zac Goldsmith failed to hang onto his seat, which many attributed to his stance on Brexit. Meanwhile, the Conservatives more or less maintained their share of the vote in Sleaford, as the local electorate responded more positively to the Tory stance on Brexit. In a by-election where the turn-out was about half that of the general election, the Lib Dems almost doubled their share of the vote, whilst Labour lost almost half of theirs.