Boost for Brian as Lib Dem London fundraising hits £400k

The media may be focusing on the Boris v Ken show for London mayor, but Brian Paddick’s Lib Dem campaign is making some noise. His hard-hitting campaign posters focusing on crime — an issue the former police commander in the Metropolitan police knows first-hand how to tackle — abound in London.

And one of the reasons Brian is able to achieve this exposure is the success of the London Lib Dem fundraising effort. I understand that the total raised has, or is about to, pass the £400,000 mark — an impressive achievement for the Lib Dems, and (I’m told) not a million miles off Boris’s war-chest.

To be clear, this is money for the Lib Dems campaign across London, not solely for Brian’s campaign to be Mayor of London. Also to be clear, this is new money specifically targeted a the London campaign, as the federal party is too cash-strapped to be able to divert existing resources. And as the figures given to me are unofficial, nor do they include the individual fundraising efforts of GLA candidates.

But the London-wide focus of the fundraising effort makes sense — as Mark Pack noted here at last week’s spring party conference, Brian’s campaign and that of the Lib Dem GLA candidates are closely entwined this time around:

It is one of the lessons from previous London campaigns that the party needs to be far better at turning profile for a Mayor candidate into votes for the London Assembly list, the best prospect for the party to gain new seats. … “It is vital that we maximise our vote for the London Assembly,” said Brian Paddick when it was his turn to speak. He echoed the campaign’s previous theme that when the votes are counted in May, it’s likely to be a close call between Lib Dem list candidate Shas Sheehan and the BNP. A female, liberal, Muslim versus the extremism of the the BNP – a deeply symbolic and practical choice.

* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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6 Comments

  • LondonLiberal 19th Mar '12 - 12:12pm

    Shouldn’t he be re-named Brian Paddock as his unwillingness to talk about anything other than crime rather makes him a one trick pony?

  • Spot on LondonLiberal. Paddick can certainly run rings around his opponents on the crime issue, but his vote will again be derisory unless someone trains him up quickly to look capable of doing all the other things a Mayor has to do too!

  • Brian Paddick certainly needs some significant “big picture” ideas on anything other than crime, particularly on transport, housing and the environment. He needs to spell out what a “Paddick” London would be like.

    There is NOTHING on the website, so he’d better get a move on. He might be able to capitalise on the utterly stale and negative slanging match going on between Boris and Ken. I’m sure lots of people are sick of it.

  • LondonLiberal 20th Mar '12 - 10:02am

    No daniel, living in bristol has not made a difference -i live in London and can confirm that Brian is saying very little about anything. The Ken and Boris show has nothing to fear.

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