A strong record in government…why I’m voting Lib Dem

Throughout polling day, LDV will be running short pieces by readers giving their personal reasons for supporting the Liberal Democrats when they go to the polling station today.

This year, I had to think very hard about this. Despite being a member and campaigning to re-elect Ed Davey, I wasn’t convinced. In a safe seat and subsequently we hear little from any party – my decision therefore had to be made on national lines. None of the parties are trying that hard to bribe single, childless, Twentysomething women so there wasn’t much there to deliberate.

However when the ballot paper came, things became clear. I voted Lib Dem because we DO have a strong record of delivery in government. I’m on the right of the liberals so being in coalition with the Conservatives has not bothered me as it has many. I’m proud we have raised the income tax threshold, secured pensions, delivered same-sex marriage and taken steps to end FGM, boosted renewable energy and made real progress in making the UK tackle climate change. I am also relentlessly pro-European and pro-immigration, the Lib Dems have stood out in this election as they have not pandered to UKIP.

I have the luxury of being able to vote for conviction. Of course not everything has been perfect but five years ago, we did put party before country. That, and a strong record of delivery deserves recognition.

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  • Hi Roisin

    Well put item and hits the key LibDem part of the coalition I hope that in the seats held by the LibDem they do well seems ironic that some from Scotland may suffer from SNP (Danny) after delivering so many good things


    Allan pensioner who feels no bribes for me either

  • Unless you are quite wealthy, any true liberal who cares about others really ought to try thinking very hard about whether you SHOULD be bothered about being in coalition with the Tories.

    I hope, Roisin, that you will be as loyal as many Liberal Democrats of the left have been during the last few years, if we ever have a coalition of the left.

  • Eddie Sammon 7th May '15 - 12:24pm

    GPPurnell, a lot of people pay 40% tax. If they want this to be a bit lower it doesn’t mean they don’t care about others.

    I don’t like the way the election is portrayed by some as good versus bad. At the most we are talking about whether the richest pay 40, 45 or 50% tax.

    It is easy to vote for the left if they are offering you a pay rise.

    Best wishes

  • @ Eddie Sammon

    I don’t understand why 40% income tax is a problem.

    If you earn £42,385 you pay £6,357 in income tax making £36,028. If you don’t have a mortgage then what are you spending this £692.846 a week on?

    If you earn £160,600 you would pay another £47,285.60 in tax, but leaving you will another £1,364 a week.

    I have no idea what you would spend the extra £528.85 a week (on top of your £2056.846 a week) on if you earn £210,600 a year!

    Please can you tell me why someone without a large mortgage would need to have an income of £2585.69 a week when the government says a person can live on £73.10 a week?

  • Eddie Sammon 7th May '15 - 7:25pm

    Michael, pension contributions, mortgages, car costs, children, school fees, holidays, it all adds up. I want to tax the super rich more, but I don’t agree that regular higher rate taxpayers should have to pay more tax.

    I’ll re-evaluate my opinion later, but every time I have done this except for once I have come to the same conclusion: I don’t agree with the left.

  • Passingthrough 7th May '15 - 7:44pm

    “five years ago we did put party before country”

    I thoroughly agree,

  • @Eddie too right 😉

  • richard heathcote 7th May '15 - 8:50pm

    I don’t feel like it has been a strong government or even a strong record by the Lib-Dems, It feels like it has for the last 5 years been very much a Tory led affair doing what the Tories do best. This is reflected in current poling figures.

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