From new member to candidate – the Lib Dem newbies fighting their first election

Snow doesn't stop Becca Plenderleith and team campaigning Inspired by a post in one of those Lib Dem Facebook groups, I thought it would be a good idea to give a special shout-out for these wonderful new members of the party who have become so involved that they are standing for election this year. This is by no means an exclusive list, so please feel free to add to it. The enthusiasm of our new members has really invigorated the party the length and breadth of the country this year. In Scotland, people like Rebecca Plenderleith, a fantastic campaigner for mental health who has written for us about why she became a Lib Dem, Charity Pierce, Giovanni Caccavello, Bryn Jones, Lauren Jones, Kaitey Blair are flying the Lib Dem flag. Rebecca and colleagues are pictured above campaigning in the worst snow the Scottish Winter had to throw at us. Another of our regular contributors Alex H is standing and co-ordinating campaigns across his town. Greg Webb is running for the Council in Derby and gaining valuable experience for the future. In London, Rachel Waitt is standing in a Council by-election in Figge’s Marsh ward in Mitcham tomorrow. Julie Ireland is standing for the constituency of Bexley and Bromley.

Georgia Harvey could be a councillor in Maidstone by Friday. Ben Midgley, who wrote for us here is standing in South West Wiltshire. Another LDV contributor, Helen Belcher, who made an amazing speech in the diversity debate in York, is finding the Tory vote softening in her Wokingham ward. Andy Nash is fighting a target ward in Sheffield with a broken wrist. Jim Hodgson is standing in Brislington East.

Rebecca Plenderleith  told us why she’s standing and what the experience has been like for her:

I’m standing because I would like to represent the Liberal Democrats in parliament first and foremost. We have the strongest manifesto and we have shown time and again that we care about Scotland. I’d like to be able to continue to Lib Dem track record of talking about the real issues rather than just hiding behind a ‘politician persona’ that mandates you can only parrot party line. I’m also very honoured that as a new member I’ve been not only trusted to do this and was made to feel very at ease in the licensing interview but that I’ve been encouraged by many in the party to stand as well. The experience has been really eye opening to the whole process of elections. But speaking with voters has been a mainly very positive experience and I’ve loved interacting with voters who had never considered voting for us in the past but told me they really liked what I had to say.

Good luck to all our new members standing for election. As I said, this isn’t an exhaustive list, so please add any others in the comments.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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5 Comments

  • Yes. well done and keep going right to the end of the day…you are the flag bearers not just for now but the future

  • Must add Neil Lewis standing for PCC in Cheshire, doing a fantastic job and educating us all and social media campaigning.

  • William Jones 5th May '16 - 10:57am

    In Trafford we have two fabulous new members standing in wards here. @simonlepori Gorse Hill and @meenaminnis in Brooklands. They have also added energy and vigour to our target seat campaigns. Hurrah for these new members!

  • Matt (Bristol) 5th May '16 - 11:43am

    Good luck to everyone standing in Bristol!

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