Since the government decided to support expanding Heathrow airport, local MP Zac Goldsmith (who'd unsuccessfully campaigned to be Mayor of London) lived up to his promise to voters and resigned, triggering a by-election. Goldsmith decided to run as an independent, backed by UKIP and the Conservatives didn't field a candidate, but his pro-Brexit views put him at odds with the overwhelmingly Remain area he was contesting. In addition, Goldsmith isn't thought of highly for his inflammatory Mayoral campaign, in which Labour rival Sadiq Khan was linked to extremist Islam.
Today Goldsmith lost the election to the Liberal Democrats, themselves a total shithouse group, making him not only a race-baiter but a proven loser. Good riddance.
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