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Mary Reid was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, and has developed websites for several parliamentarians and Lib Dem organisations. She manages the annual conference for the Social Liberal Forum.

Kirsty Williams holds her seat

And with a big majority of 8170.

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Liberal Democrat GAIN Edinburgh Western from SNP

With a great result…

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Best news of the night! Willie Rennie gains North East Fife from SNP

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Wales: The Results – another open thread

 

Like Caron in Scotland I will be trying to track results, this time for the National Assembly of Wales. I have to admit that here at Lib Dem Voice we are at a bit of a disadvantage because none of us lives in Wales nor are we fully conversant with all the issues (although I can sing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau rather better than John Redwood, having learnt Welsh for a couple of years at primary school).

So be gentle with us, and help us out. We would very much welcome input from readers in beautiful Wales on @libdemvoice, or [email protected], or in the comments below.

But before the results start appearing on @britainelects, or your channel of choice, here is some essential background information.

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Voting in the London elections – after 16 years voters are still confused

Caroline-Pidgeon

The Guardian has an interview with Caroline Pidgeon, the Lib Dem candidate for London Mayor.  After disclaiming any responsibility for the cold that has afflicted all the candidates, she says this about her campaign:

Overall, it’s gone well. Ordinary people are saying they like what I’m saying on childcare and cheaper fares that are affordable. And that’s not just in places where we are strong, like Sutton, or in Bermondsey, where I’m known.

She says this of her two main rivals, Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan and the dirty campaign they have been running:

I think both of them, but particularly Zac, will wish they hadn’t done it. It’s damaged their reputations. Zac has always been seen by most people as a decent kind of guy.

On the doorstep voters are still confused about the voting processes for the London elections – and that is not surprising because they will be presented with three ballot papers, each using a different voting system.

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Demo for Democracy on 7th May!

make votes matterOur friends at Make Votes Matter have organised a demo for proportional representation – Demo for Democracy – just after the May elections, while the fiasco of inconsistent, variable and non-proportional voting systems will still be fresh in our minds.

Party President Sal Brinton will be leading the Lib Dem contingent and you can join her at 11.30am on Saturday 7th May outside Lib Dem HQ at 8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AE. You can sign up on Facebook or on the Lib Dem website.

We are the party that has spoken loudly for electoral reform for many years, so let’s have a good turnout on the day.

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GCHQ apologises to gay people

 

The boss of GCHQ has apologised for banning gay people from working for the organisation right up until the 90s. Robert Hannigan was speaking at a conference run by Stonewall, when he referred to a spy called Ian who was sacked in the 1960s for being gay.

After seven years of exemplary service, with very strong prospects for the future, he was interrogated on suspicion of being homosexual, he was summarily dismissed and escorted out of the building. He got no support from anyone in authority at all, even his union, and no-one ever followed up to check on his well-being or to show any compassion. Not surprisingly, his health suffered and the psychological effects of that humiliation were long-lasting.

… Their suffering was our loss and it was the nation’s loss too because we cannot know what Ian and others who were dismissed would have gone on to do and achieve.

Whenever a group of people are excluded from areas of employment and expertise for reasons that have nothing to do with their competence, then we have to ask what could have been achieved if they had been included in the pool of talent. There is always the question about ‘what might have been’ if the organisation had been completely free to choose the best candidates for a job.

What caught my eye, though, were the references to Alan Turing in Hannigan’s speech:

But in our building he is revered as a genius, as a problem-solver who was not afraid to think differently and radically – an example to others. And in the horrifying story of his treatment, a small ray of light is that he was not abandoned by all of his colleagues at GCHQ – many stood by him and our then Head of Cryptanalysis – chief code breaker – testified at his trial.

… We did not learn our lesson from Turing.

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  • User AvatarIain BB 6th May - 7:52am
    I should clarify that this is the first time ever we have achieved a clean sweep. There was not a time before 1858 when we...
  • User AvatarJohn Barrett 6th May - 6:43am
    Well done to Alex and the team in Edinburgh West. What a great result.
  • User AvatarRichard Wheeler 6th May - 4:52am
    Congratulations to Willie Rennie in regaining NE Fife for the Lib Dems. I've been watching the results live on the BBC in Thailand, where I...
  • User AvatarRichard 6th May - 4:38am
    ... and Caries Anne Dumbleton took a seat from the Labour Party in the Rokeby & Overslade Ward of Rugby Borough Council too.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 6th May - 4:20am
    Great news and we need to listen to election winners to see what we can learn.
  • User AvatarMichael BG 6th May - 2:25am
    The topics suggested by Eddie Sammon are very poor topics for discussion. We should rather be considering is have we improved on our 2015 vote...
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