15 September 2023 – today’s press release

Ed Davey to make fifth visit to Mid-Bedfordshire

Tomorrow (Saturday 16th September), Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey makes his fifth visit to Mid-Bedfordshire, where he will speak to voters in rural villages.

The Liberal Democrats have become the challenger to the Conservative party in this rural Blue Wall constituency which consists of almost 50 villages. The Liberal Democrats opened their second office in the constituency this week.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

It is time for change and lifelong Conservative voters are turning to the Liberal Democrats to send this government a message. Rural communities in Bedfordshire are fed up with overstretched health services, sewage polluting rivers and botched trade deals undercutting farmers.

I’ve spoken to hundreds of people in Bedfordshire and hear real anger from local people after Nadine Dorries abandoned this constituency.

Emma Holland-Lindsay is a hardworking local councillor with a track record of delivering for rural communities in Bedfordshire.

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  • As you read this I would expect Labour will be printing thousands of leaflets with bar chart showing them equal first. Then it will be a battle for the squeeze with us at a disadvantage following the Survation poll. Plus Labour and Starmer on the news every night while we are invisible. Better the Conservatives lose than we win.

  • Tim Rogers – Give up Mid Beds to Red Tories? No thank you.

  • The poll was taken 12th -15th September, no doubt we are even closer to the other two today. There is a huge amount of persons undecided, 42% of which according to the Survation web page say they will definetley vote. The remaining Independent vote is still available for squeezing and up to now that appears to have moved to the Cons and most to the Lib Dems. Will the Independent stand in the end? The Labour percentage seems static so the scene is set for our move through the middle over the next three weeks, reminiscent of past by elections in the 80 ‘s, Portsmouth South, Croydon North West, even Bermondsey etc etc. Labour know they have problems with their support barely moving over the past 2 months. Provided we keep going in the same fashion we will make it.

  • Thanks Theakes. I couldn’t agree more. Labour have stalled at their ceiling of about 28%. Our ceiling in Mid Beds is much higher than that. Unlike Tim Rogers, I believe we can win and believe Labour can’t. I was the 1997 LD candidate, so do have some local knowledge.

  • It’s a sign of Labour’s incompetence as campaigners that they allowed this poll to be published. The sample size is small (only 319, weighted, who were willing to commit themselves to a candidate), and so subject to a wide margin of error. Also Survation don’t appear to have checked their respondents were actually registered in Mid-Beds, which is particularly important when recording young, and predominantly Labour, voters. So it’s unreliable. Worse, as Theakes says, Labour seem to be losing ground, and unless they improve their ground game, the next constituency poll is likely to show them falling back further. The effect of making this public this far out from the poll will be to weaken belief that Labour will win here.

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