Philip Dunne triumphs on a bad night for the Lib Dems

I am not going to pretend this has been a good night for the Liberal Democrats, not nationally or locally. But first let me congratulate Philip Dunne for winning a third term of office with an increased majority.

Philip Dunne          Conservative Party           54%       26,093

David Kelly            UK Independence Party   15%       7,164

Charlotte Barnes     Liberal Democrats            13%       6,469

Simon Slater           Labour Party                    12%       5,902

Janet Phillips          Green Party                      5%         2,435

As I type this at 4 in the morning, the Lib Dems seem to be getting the blame for everything that went wrong in the coalition and no credit for things that have gone right. Good, hardworking Lib Dem MPs are losing their seats.

It’s a cruel cull – but that’s politics.

It hasn’t been good here in Ludlow. Charlotte threw everything into a gutsy campaign but she was swimming against the national tide that drowned so many prominent Lib Dems. I take my hat off to her for her energy, enthusiasm and endless ability to burst out laughing on the doorstep.

I can’t disguise that it grates to come third behind UKIP. I am a liberal through and through, and to come third behind an anti-liberal party hurts.

It’s a cruel result – but that’s politics.

There is a lot of reflecting to do after this morning’s results. I would have liked to have seen rainbow coalition – a structure that would have changed politics for ever. But at this hour of the morning, I think seeing my bed might be more achievable.

Why you should vote tomorrow – if you don’t engage democracy is dead

Like most people, the first time I marked my cross on a ballot paper I was not long out of school.

I’ve never forgotten the hustings in Northampton Market Square in 1974. The Labour candidate stood the soap box to the left, handing out hymn sheets for the Red Flag. The Tory didn’t even turn up.

Ahead of me the young Lib Dem candidate poured out a passionate argument for going into the European Community because it would end wars in Europe.

I wanted to vote for that. I believe that war is sometimes necessary. Winning war is heroic but it is never a success. Our failure is in preventing war. I was passionately against nuclear weapons. I still am.

This was my first vote. In complete buggeration, my father had not included me when he returned the family polling card to the town hall. Continue reading “Why you should vote tomorrow – if you don’t engage democracy is dead”

Five candidates in race to be elected as Ludlow’s new MP

The deadline has passed and we have five candidates standing in the Ludlow constituency.

Three live in the constituency, one over the border in Herefordshire and one in Birmingham.

Liberal Democrats. BARNES, Charlotte Ann. Linley Lane Cottage, Norbury, Bishop`s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5DX.

Conservatives. DUNNE, Philip Martin, (address in the North Herefordshire Constituency).

UKIP. KELLY, David Joseph, (address in the Ludlow Constituency).

Green. PHILLIPS, Janet Helen, 1 Walcot Avenue, Lydbury North, Shropshire, SY7 8AA.

Labour. SLATER, Simon Clive, 121 Vine Lane, Birmingham, B27 6SY.

Statement of Persons Nominated in Ludlow Constituency.

Shropshire Council supports Charlotte Barnes’ organ donor campaign and calls for national debate

When my fellow councillor Charlotte Barnes gets passionate about something, she is passionate! And Charlotte is passionate about organ donation. She wants an opt-out scheme instead of the current opt-in scheme. Most of Shropshire agrees with her and now Shropshire Council is backing her campaign.

Charlotte_helping_1000Charlotte Barnes

Have you signed the donor register? Click here to sign up online. Continue reading “Shropshire Council supports Charlotte Barnes’ organ donor campaign and calls for national debate”