An analysis of sampling data by the Labour Party in Cheshire West has revealed that residents in Chester are more likely to have voted to remain in the European Union than to leave during the referendum poll on the 23rd June.

Chris Matheson, MP for the City of Chester explained: “We had 25 volunteers from the Labour Party at the borough’s count event in Ellesmere Port on the night of the election.  Between them they sampled almost a third of the boxes from polling stations across the borough and predicted the final result within a few thousand votes. The samples from the Chester boxes highlighted that around 55% of residents in our city voted to remain in the European Union.”

The results in Cheshire West and Chester were amongst the closest in the country with just 2,627 votes (0.67%) between the Leave and Remain campaigns. The Labour Party in Cheshire West sampled 21,635 votes out of a total of 193,537 ballot papers during the counting process.

Chris concluded: “The referendum has been divisive for families, local communities, our city and our borough. It has created a feeling of discontent and has been directly linked to a rising number of reported hate crimes.  This is totally unacceptable.

“The final result was a shock to me. Whilst I accept the European Union is not perfect, I absolutely agree with the majority of Cestrians who still believe that we are better in it than out.”

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