Ms Dodds was elected as the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire in mid-Wales in a by-election in August, after the Conservative incumbent Chris Davies was removed from office by a recall petition. His removal came after Mr Davies pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud concerning parliamentary expenses in March. Despite the wider area of Powys voting Leave by 53.7 percent, Ms Dodds was elected by a narrow margin after Mr Davies ran against her.
However, after spending just three months in Parliament, the general election was called and according to the YouGov MRP poll she is set to lose her seat to fresh-faced Conservative Fay Jones.
When asked what she would say to the 53.7 percent of people in her area that voted Leave, Ms Dodds was quick to point out that there is no breakdown for how individual constituencies voted within Powys.
Then she added that she thinks the Brexit vote was “important” and a “wake-up call” for politicians.
She told Express.co.uk: “Thank you to all those people who voted Leave. I think it was a wake-up call.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire (Image: GETTY)
Jane Dodds with Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson (Image: GETTY)
“I think it was an important opportunity for us all to start listening to people who felt like they had nothing to lose and didn’t feel like they had a seat at the table.
“So that I think is very clear. I hope that we’ve all listened and we’re all aware that we need to change things.
“We need to change the way that we are, we need to change the way that we engage with people and we need to listen to their concerns.”
However, many Leavers criticise the Liberal Democrat position for exactly that – ignoring the referendum result and dismissing the concerns of those who voted to Leave.
Former Conservative MP Chris Davies (Image: GETTY)
Many have branded their Brexit policy “undemocratic” and trying to frustrate the will of the people.
Labour’s Stephen Kinnock wrote in The Guardian: “How can any Lib Dem politician look their constituents in the eye, refer to themselves as a ‘democrat’ and then pledge to overturn the biggest democratic exercise this country has ever seen, without even