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London - 2 December 2016
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Tim Farron, leader of British Liberal Democrats party:
"The people of Richmond Park yesterday voted to send a message to Theresa May (British prime minister) that the British people did not vote for a hard Brexit that will damage our economy and future generations and our standing in the world. They voted instead for a country that is open, tolerant and united. They voted for an excellent member of parliament who will be a voice for millions. Without wanting to make Sarah (Sarah Olney, newly elected Liberal Democrat lawmaker) again, her story is something which is exemplary. Eighteen months ago she was not a member of the party. Eighteen months ago she woke up after a devastating result where fear and division won and liberalism lost and she decided not to cry into her coffee but to roll up her sleeves and to make a difference. And there are millions of people out there who felt that same way after the general election last year, who felt the same way after the referendum in June, who maybe felt the same way the day after Donald Trump was elected president. Sarah is the reminder that populism does not necessarily have to win. These results - Brexit, Trump, the last general election - there was nothing inevitable about them. It is entirely possible for moderate, progressive people to win through and the people of Richmond Park, Sarah is the embodiment, shows that that is possible."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Olney, newly elected UK lawmaker from Liberal Democrats party:
"All the main candidates are united in their opposition to Heathrow (Airport) expansion and I think what drove the voters to cast their votes yesterday, it would have been on a range of other issues and not just Heathrow. The mayoral election - it's not something that came up a huge amount on the doorstep actually. One or two people mentioned it. Certainly those who cared about that felt very strongly about it but I don't think it was, I don't think it was as big an issue as Brexit."