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Published on: 06/03/2013 10:57 AMReported by: roving-eye
Lib Dems in Southport are celebrating the parliamentary victory in Eastleigh this week, where the Lib Dem candidate won in most difficult circumstances.
Over a dozen members of the Southport local Lib Dems helped in the by-election. Key among these was Birkdale Liberal Student Sarah Harding (below right), who manned the front desk of the campaign HQ for much of the campaign.
"We went through 146 biros which means 292 miles of ink." says Sarah,
""Eastleigh's new Lib Dem MP, Mike Thornton was a pleasure to work for. He is a long-standing local councillor who campaigned long and hard on our policy of getting fairer income tax and stamping on tax-avoiders.The local people clearly trusted him to continue the kind of representation in parliament which they required."
Also taking a working holiday in Eastleigh was Lib Dem Dan Lewis, who volunteers in the Southport Lib Dem office.
"This was a victory for the unstinting work of the local Lib Dems in Eastleigh over a decade or more, which has resulted in them being elected to all the council seats in the area."
"The by election was a fantastic experience. 250 people a day came to help, peaking at 700 on polling day. We knocked on 70,000 doors, made 135,000 phone calls, received 2,000 individual donations and had over 100 kilogrammes of cake donated!"
John Pugh MP, who twice spent a day campaigning in Eastleigh, said:
"There are many parallels between Eastleigh and Southport, where Lib Dems also have councillors elected in every ward in town. The Eastleigh Lib Dem HQ was even on the 'Shakespeare industrial estate' while ours is in Shakespeare Street! "
Councillor Tony Dawson, who also helped in the campaign, said:
"Again and again, people choose to vote for candidates who they can see working with them and for them on issues which they care about. The three magnificent Library campaigns in Southport have been a case in point. No Labour or Conservative councillor has been seen within a mile of these campaigns which were open to everyone. These are the kind of things which make a difference."
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And what a victory it was. With a 14 percentage point reduction in their vote compared with 2010. Allied to this the final 32% share of the vote was the lowest in a post war by election a truly stunning result.
Well if the new MP can keep his penalty points and his hands to himself, which Im sure he can, he should be ok.
"the final 32% share of the vote was the lowest in a post war by election "
There were several interesting statistics. For instance the first by election ever where neither Labour nor Conservative could even make second place. The first election where the 'official opposition' ever came fourth.Only one voter in sixteen decided Ed Miliband's crew were worth supporting.
The people of Eastleigh overall seemed to prefer the Liberal Democrats DESPITE the failings of their past MP. Think how loyal they would be to a 'good un'.
Good to see David Anthony Dawson was there to give his advice on Parliamentary elections. They probably did the exact opposite of this serial failure hence the victory.
May I remind Cllr Dawson aka Cherie Brandie that a lot of the Lib Dem vote was essentially borrowed from Labour to prevent the Tories from winning.
I wonder if our local Libdems will be campaigning in our neighbouring West Lancs divisions in the May Lancashire County Council elections. Just to remind you that the last time these elections were held in 2009 the Libdems got precisely 0% of the vote right next door to Southport. Couldn't even get anyone to stand
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