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Ouch! The Lib Dems lost a lot of local council seats last Thursday. And last night we lost our West Midlands Euro MP Phil Bennion, who gained just 44% of the vote he won in 2009. I’m sorry to see Phil go, he has worked hard for his patch including for us here in Shropshire. The Lib Dems were all but wiped in the European elections. Our vote share halved to a miserable 6.9% and we came fifth behind the Greens. There was no local election in Shropshire and most of the wards elected last Thursday were in urban areas. So this result tells us much more about how the major towns and cities vote and less about deeply rural areas like Ludlow. The Lib Dems are past masters at localism. Many of us are elected because of our local stance and because we work hard for the community. But…

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The Lib Dems are hardly the most popular party nationally at the moment. It’s proving hard to be the junior member of a coalition in tough times. Nick Clegg’s approval ratings are also pretty dire. When then should I join the Lib Dems and stand as a Lib Dem for Shropshire Council in 2013? It is best if I start my explanation with why I am standing for Shropshire Council at all. I have campaigned since my school days, cutting my teeth on a damp squib of a campaign to rid our sixth form of school uniforms. The colour theme was, after all, a hideous bottle green. It was not long before I was campaigning against the demolition of a Victorian arcade on Northampton’s market square. That campaign failed to stop the bulldozers but just months later we succeeded in blocking an urban expressway that would have flattened many of…

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