Brecon and Radnorshire – a real test for the Liberal Democrats

I didn’t know when I joined the Liberal Democrats aged 15, that it would change my life dramatically. I’ve lived in Brecon and Radnorshire my whole life, which means I am incredibly lucky to have had at least one Liberal Democrat representative for my life so far. 

However that day in 2015, when we lost Roger Williams as the Member of Parliament was one of the worst days. It was not what he deserved for being a devoted MP for fourteen years. However Liberal-voting to its core, I knew then that Brecon and Radnorshire would be orange once again.

I don’t know about anybody else but, I am certainly so grateful to have been given this opportunity – the opportunity to have another Liberal voice in the House of Commons, fighting to remain in the European Union. This could not have been done without the recall petition and the 10,000+ people in Brecon and Radnorshire that supported it. We’re also very lucky to have a candidate like Jane Dodds, she is unapologetically a Welsh Liberal and will make an excellent MP for the area, something we are desperately in need of.

To top it off, the Liberal Democrats are currently polling at their highest percentage in a long time and the whole country is watching us. The results will be hugely important in showing that the Liberal Democrats are back, a legitimate political force again. A win at this by-election will prove that the fightback is real.

When thinking about Brecon and Radnorshire, some may think of the hills, wildlife or scenery. Others may remember the Richard Livsey by-election of 1985, a really important win in Liberal Democrat history. I want this by-election to be as memorable as that one, I want people to remember this in years to come. 

However, we can only succeed in winning back Brecon and Radnorshire with your help!

The constituency can seem an absolute world away from city life but, it isn’t as far as you think – from London, it can take as little as four hours! Every day more and more people are making their journey to the constituency (thank you!), to help ensure a win on 1st August. We cannot allow ourselves to run out of steam though, there’s still a long way to go!

There’s plenty of leaflets to deliver, stakeboards to put up and phone calls to make, any little bit of help can make all the difference! You can find out more about helping us get a Liberal Democrat win at our virtual HQ here, or at Jane’s website here and here.

* Trudi Hancock is the Brecon and Radnorshire Young Liberals representative, a student and an NHS worker.

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  • Paul Barker 14th Jul '19 - 2:16pm

    Unfortunately, we are not Polling as well as we have been for the last 2 Months, probably. Its impossible to be certain but looking at the last 11 Polls it looks very likely that we are “Now” around 18%, about 2% down on the plateau we reached after the European Election Results sank in.
    There is nothing surprising about our Poll surge fading, the surprise is how long it took to start falling. Its also reasonable to hope that we may get further boosts from The New Leader in 8 Days & if we win in Brecon 10 Days after that.
    Its unlikely that these changes will have any effect in Brecon, Byelections are far more decided by the local campaign.

  • Geoffrey Payne 14th Jul '19 - 4:03pm

    The polls are fluctuating at the moment but the good news is that we have significantly improved this year and there are good reasons to be hopeful moving forward. The Lib Dems electing a new leader will be good for us, whilst Boris Johnson, soon to be leader of the Tories looks very accident prone and unsuitable to be prime minister. And it will not get any easier for him when faced with impossible choices over Brexit. Winning B&R will be a huge statement of intent.

  • Paul I suspect we have missed a trick, taken too long over the leadership contest, could and should have had our new leader in by last week, would have got a lot of publicity. As it is we will get submerged by competing with the Cons leadership outcome on virtually the same day, 22/23rd July.

  • Richard Underhill 14th Jul '19 - 9:15pm

    Aberconwy MP Guto Webb will not stand for reselection as a Conservative MP at the next general election because he is unhappy with the party’s direction.

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