Ed, Daisy and Amna on Lib Dems’ local election success

Leader Ed Davey, Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper and Vice President Amna Ahmad have all been commenting on the Lib Dems fantastic election results this weekend.

Ed and Daisy were both on the Sunday morning shows.

On Sunday Morning, Ed said that Lib Dems wanted to get rid of this Conservative Government and the results show we can beat them. Watch the whole interview here from 22 minutes in.

Meanwhile, Daisy was on Sophy Ridge, hailing our fantastic results:

On Friday, Vice President Amna Ahmad was part of a Guardian panel analysing the elections. She said:

It is usually foolhardy to directly equate local and national politics, but this time it felt different. Voters told me that they were worried about rising inflation, spiralling energy costs and, in the wake of Partygate, couldn’t help but feel that the Conservative cabinet was only looking out for itself. Councillors – current, new and former – have told me that cash is desperately needed from central government to do more for those most in need – but that local government is seen as a low national priority. I’ve noticed ethnic minority communities feeling let down by promises of a Brexit “dividend” that never transpired, and anecdotal evidence of particularly low voter turnout among these groups. It’s clear that the Lib Dems provided an alternative for many thousands across the country.

Neither Boris Johnson nor Keir Starmer can claim an outright win today, despite reasonable results in parts of the country. This makes the next 12 months, in the runup to the next local elections and a rumoured general election, a critical time.

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  • Brad Barrows 8th May '22 - 11:17pm

    Encouraging that Ed appears open to an arrangement to get rid of the Tories after the next election should Labour fall short of a majority. Of course, if Labour is unable to retake a significant number of seats in Scotland – and the SNP appears as strong as ever – then he may have to be willing to accept a 3 party arrangement to gather a majority of MPs. Interesting times indeed and all to play for.

  • George Thomas 9th May '22 - 5:15pm

    One journalist on twitter described that:

    Tory voters are now people who used to vote UKIP (populist politics, anti-immigration)
    Lib Dem voters are now people who used to vote Tory (pro-EU, NIMBY)
    Labour voters are now people who used to vote Lib Dem (students, well-off lefties)

    People who used to vote Labour are split across the three.
    (I can’t find the link to credit them).

    Of course it’s not perfect but that was their hot-take.

  • Nonconformistradical 9th May '22 - 7:31pm

    @George Thomas
    “Lib Dem voters are now people who used to vote Tory (pro-EU, NIMBY)”

    Oy! This LibDem has never voted tory in her life!

  • @George Thomas – Sounds like a journalist with nothing to say, trying too hard to draw attention to themselves in a vain attempt to generate clickbait…

    Personally, I never really understood those that blindly voted their entire life for one and the same party in both local and national elections. Especially when they would complain about “the government” yet at election time voted for “their party” which as you can guess was the one in government making a hash of things…

  • Peter Watson 9th May '22 - 11:01pm

    These are good results, but are they really as impressive as they could or should have been in the circumstances?
    The projected national vote share calculated by the BBC is 19%. Certainly this is better than the 16%-11% achieved by the party as it lost popularity in the Coalition years. But it doesn’t seem like a massive leap from last year’s 17%, which itself was a drop from 19% in 2019.
    Under Vince Cable, the party achieved 16% & 19%. Under Tim Farron the party achieved 15% & 18%.
    We’d need a huge wordcount limit to address the reasons why people should vote against Boris Johnson’s Tories, Keir Starmer has turned Labour into a poorly-defined waste of space, and the incumbent SNP must be due some mid-term blues, so why aren’t Lib Dems doing better and how can they be sure it marks a breakthrough this time?

  • Peter Hirst 10th May '22 - 4:23pm

    We can certainly take votes off the Conservatives but will it make the difference needed? We must plan for the day when Labour realise that removing this government is the priority. Perhaps some of KS’s respect for the rules will transfer to respect for the long-term, our children’s children and and planet earth.

  • Peter Watson: The SNP seem to have been increasing their share of the vote and number of elected representatives at almost every election since they gained power. At this rate they will eventually have almost complete control as there is no other credible party except the Scottish Greens who favour independence for Scotland and those who do not are divided in their political outlook. The Liberal Democrats would have been the ideal party to support independence as they traditionally supported Home Rule unlike Labour and the Conservatives. When it comes what will the parties who wished to remain in the UK do ?

  • Helen Dudden 11th May '22 - 1:45pm

    I see very little being written about hunger, and lack of heating.

    Perhaps, it should be considered what Macron is talking about, politics has mainly been just that, as the last two years have highlighted.

    Too much one way, and the ideals are lost. We need hospitals and a better control of spending with the running of privatised industry.

    Many died in care homes, have become to afraid of the truth?

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