Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Farewell to our Chief Whip

Our retiring Whip Andrew Blacknurn hails from the Western Isles. This will be our first AGM without his guiding influence.We wish him well
The picture is of Howmore Hostel on South Uist more details at Urras Osdailean Nan Innse Gall Gatliff 

Saturday, 24 May 2014

UKIP routed:Christiana Hartley and national chair of Liberal youth rally the voters

I should start by saying that Liberal Youth chair Sarah Harding was my agent and we devised a plan to rally people behind our vision of a tolerant and free society and in opposition to UKIP's backward looking stance.

Listen to the punters on the doorstep, that is my advice. I was canvassing Eastbourne Rd one cold and wet evening at the beginning of the campaign. A young man came to the door, we chatted and he volunteered that he just couldn't comprehend UKIP especially relating to gay people -'get over it'. I tried this out on every young person I met and it became clear that UKIP we generally seen as stuck in the past and that their vision of the past was not an attractive one. And so Sarah's letter to young people was born delivered in hand addressed envelopes to every young person we could identify under 24 years old

The next group we identified who rejected UKIP message were women -especially those who had done higher education-and Birkdale has a greater number of them than the rest of the town. And so it came to pass that Christiana Hartley Southport's first female Mayor made a welcome reappearance on a Liberal leaflet after an absence of 80 years. It is said that when she became Mayor 'trepidation' was felt among her male colleagues.Our data base wizard's ( aka Cllr Dan Lewis) identified our target names and off we went.

The number crunching still needs to be done but our very strong impression is that the strategy worked. Our result is here

Friday, 23 May 2014

Southport Lib Dem's results they are brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Haydn Preece Lib Dem
Lib Dem win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ainsdale - results
Election CandidatePartyVotes%
 Haydn PreeceLiberal Democrats118730%Elected
 Jamie HalsallConservative Party115929%Not elected
 Terry DurranceUnited Kingdom Independence Party99025%Not elected
 Stephen JowettThe Labour Party44411%Not elected
 Barbara Ann DuttonThe Green Party2075%Not elected


Iain Brodie Browne Lib Dem, win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Birkdale - results
Election CandidatePartyVotes%
 Iain Brodie - BrowneLiberal Democrats148441%Elected
 Tom McKenzieUnited Kingdom Independence Party94526%Not elected
 Ged WrightThe Labour Party52114%Not elected
 Georgia Twist PactorConservative Party48914%Not elected
 Tony YoungThe Green Party1785%Not elected


Sue Mc Quire Lib Dem. Win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cambridge - results
Election CandidatePartyVotes%
 Sue McGuireLiberal Democrats147740%Elected
 Gordon FergusonUnited Kingdom Independence Party94026%Not elected
 Luke ThompsonConservative Party76221%Not elected
 Muriel LangleyThe Labour Party36210%Not elected
 John VolynchookThe Green Party1143%Not elected


Teresa Smith Lib Dem recount just missed
Dukes - results
Election CandidatePartyVotes%
 David BartonConservative Party111731%Elected
 Teresa SmithLiberal Democrats96927%Not elected
 John Lyon-TaylorUnited Kingdom Independence Party68219%Not elected
 Catherine CooksonThe Labour Party36810%Not elected
 Harry ForsterThe Southport Party2497%Not elected
 Lola SieveThe Green Party1665%Not elected


Fred Weavers Lib Dem
Win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kew - results
Election CandidatePartyVotes%
 Fred WeaversLiberal Democrats109434%Elected
 Mike LewtasUnited Kingdom Independence Party90528%Not elected
 Janet HarrisonThe Labour Party60019%Not elected
 Jordan ShandleyConservative Party40613%Not elected
 Dave McIntoshThe Green Party1836%Not elected


Jo Barton Lib Dem

Meols - results
Election CandidatePartyVotes%
 Jo BartonLiberal Democrats117734%Elected
 Pat ShanksUnited Kingdom Independence Party97628%Not elected
 Adam WebsterConservative Party63018%Not elected
 Maureen StokerThe Labour Party3329%Not elected
 Margaret BrownThe Southport Party2778%Not elected
 Graham BentleyThe Green Party1173%Not elected


Daniel Lewis Lib Dem Win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Norwood - results
Election CandidatePartyVotes%
 Daniel LewisLiberal Democrats108533%Elected
 Jen DaviesUnited Kingdom Independence Party73923%Not elected
 Lesley DelvesThe Labour Party60419%Not elected
 Anthony WhiteConservative Party32810%Not elected
 Jacqueline BarlowThe Southport Party30810%Not elected
 Neville GrundyThe Green Party1765%Not elected

Last times results (same boundaries) 2012 see :http://birkdalefocus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/details-of-southport-lib-dem-brilliant.html

Friday, 9 May 2014

1929 General Election Liberal Party Canvasser's Guide : The policy

I promised I would return to the Liberal Party 1929 canvasser's guide , so here we are.The guide begins with general guidance which I will come back to but I thought we should start with policy

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

We are on the side of the governed not the Government!

Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice
John Pugh has written an excellent posting for Lib Dem Voice and Stephen Hesketh (also of this parish) has added some important thoughts.

John and I had a discussion at the weekend about this-and how it should impact on our leaflets. I went away thinking of doing a blog posting and had in my mind a quote from Jo Grimond which I have now found. 

‘The salient feature of British politics is not the conflict of class and class or Tory and Liberal and Labour, though these conflicts exist, it is the conflict between the government and the governed. Part of the success of the Liberal Party is not only due to its adoption by many as a means of protest. It is that it is associated with the governed. This is , or should be , the root of community politics’

Jo's lecture began: