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General Election 2019: Liberal Democrat says he had to have personal safety advice while out canvassing in North East Cambs

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Liberal Democrat Rupert Moss-Eccardt said this is the first election he has taken part in where the police have issued him with advice on personal safety and given him and emergency number to call if necessary.

Speaking as the count for the North East Cambs constituency continues at the Hudson Leisure Centre Mr Moss-Eccardt said he was hopeful that his party would retain its deposit in this area this time around.

He is also hopeful that nationally the Liberal Democrats will end up with more or less the same number of MPs as before today's election.

Rupert Moss-Eccardt. (24135564)
Rupert Moss-Eccardt. (24135564)

However, he believes the Conservatives are heading for a good win and said a lot of that was down to Brexit and public wanting to see the referendum result respected.

But despite that he said Brexit did not come up much during his canvassing, but was rather a spontaneous discussion point when he was walking around and people came up to him in the street.

He blamed Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and their "toxic" rhetoric for the need to have safety advice from police while out campaigning.

Mr Moss-Eccardt said: "This is the first time I have had to have personal safety advice and an emergency number in case of danger and that should not happen."

Read what Labour's Diane Boyd has to say here.

Conservative Steve Barclay arrived to cheers.

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