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General Election 2019: Labour's Diane Boyd is hoping for a small local victory in Wisbech with a larger share of the vote

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Labour's Diane Boyd believes Brexit and the national media have played a major part in what looks like a big win for the Conservatives in this 2019 general election.

She was speaking at the count at the Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech, where she is hoping for a small local victory, by taking a larger slice of the vote for her party than in the 2017 election.

The Barrister said: "It looks like a Conservative win, but I just hope that we have made a gain among the collective voices against the Conservatives."

Diane Boyd is at the count in Wisbech. (24131862)
Diane Boyd is at the count in Wisbech. (24131862)

She believes a low turn-out may also have played a part in this election and said from what she has seen of results so far announced nationally Labour appears to have lost to the Brexit party rather than the Tories.

Diane, who has campaigned hard across the North East Cambridgeshire Constituency in the weeks leading up to today's vote also believes the media has played a big role.

She said: "People say we have got the best free press, but we don't. It is not just what they print but the slant they put on it.

"Take for instance the story of the boy lying on the hospital floor in Leeds and on the same day claims by Matt Hancock of an assault by a Labour activist.

"It was fairly quickly found that the story of the boy was true, and that the assault was false. And there was a retraction, but the negative news had already been spread and retweeted and the retraction was not covered in any where near the same way."

Whatever the outcome Diane would not commit on whether her experience in our area has put her off seeking election next time around.

"You just don't know," she said with a smile and shrug.

* Counting of votes is now under-way and there is a prediction the result here in Wisbech, where Steve Barclay is still to arrive, will be announced at around 4pm.

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