The Lib Dems have been runners-up in the West Dorset constituency since it was created in its modern form in 1992. Oliver Letwin was first elected in 1997 and has narrowly held the seat the seat since then. It would take only a 3.5% swing towards the Lib Dems to win it.
The party has this week moved a step nearer towards that goal with the selection of an energetic local candidate, Ros Kayes, as their website highlights:
West Dorset Liberal Democrats have selected Bridport based Cllr Ros Kayes to fight the seat for the party in the General Election of 2015.
In 2010 Ros cut her teeth as Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate in the adjacent constituency of South Dorset, achieving the biggest increase in vote share for the Lib Dems in any Dorset constituency.
“No-one can be under any illusion that fighting the 2015 election is going to be easy for either of the parties of government”, said Ros.
“But by far the bigger issue is that people are so distrustful of politics and politicians in general that they are crying out for MPs who are not career politicians. The best MPs grow out of their constituencies, and are not parachuted in by national parties. We need people who will represent their communities and stand up and speak out when there’s something that’s clearly wrong as well as supporting their constituents by not always toeing the party line when that’s clearly the right thing to do.”
With a career background in secondary education and mental health Ros, County and District Councillor for Bridport, is committed to working hard nationally to steer the party’s role in government towards protecting the vulnerable and delivering social justice in welfare reform, housing, health, education and training. In Bridport she has a reputation as a tireless activist, campaigning on a range of social issues and setting up innovative projects to improve housing, skills training and the local economy. She is a member of the Green Liberal Democrats. …
“We have an advantage in that Ros lives in the area and is well known within West Dorset for protecting services valued by the community, said Janet Page, Liberal Democrat Constituency Chairman, “West Dorset is 16th in the list of winnable seats for the Liberal Democrats nationally and there has been overwhelming support for Ros’s candidature among our members.”