An ordinary mother with two children, a husband ben, almost two years of experience in politics and a lib dem candidate; seems like a very unrealistic combination for a winning battle against the almighty Zac Goldsmith, doesn't it ? Wrong... 2 December indeed turned many heads as the shocking announcement of Sarah Olney; winning the majority of votes in Richmond indeed came as a surprise too many.
In fact, she managed to rack in 48% of the vote, whilst Zac Goldsmith gained 45% and labor a horrific 3%. Zac Goldsmith had been a popular candidate for many years in the Richmond area, being a well known, warm-hearted figure, who regularly stood by his word, helping to retain loyalty in his voters.
Born in 1977, Sarah was a simple lady, attending Surrey Comprehensive School and leading onto studying English Literature at Kings College London. Starting as a qualified account, then going onto working in the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) located in Teddington. Not the sort to get into politics ? In fact, it was only after the general election, motivating her to play her part in politics, finding her place in the lib Dems. She commonly, mentioned her interest in politics, was a sudden spark and had not placed much emphasis on it throughout her life, until now.
Many speculations have been airborne throughout the media, unfolding the truth about why she was really chosen. A collective suggestion portrays her cutting edge on her Pro-EU views, a well-known popularity which society, feels the need to correct. Although Brexit won, 17 million to 16 million, there has still been demands, for a 2nd Referduman, Sarah believes she can help, by voting against article 50, in parliament. A common vow, Zac and Sarah share, there opposition on the building of a third runway at Heathrow, however, this can generate jobs and money into the economy. Perhaps Sarah's Pro-EU mindset had given her an advantage that Zac, simply did not provide, previously being a former conservative-now independent candidate and standing with Brexit.