Going down to the wire at Chesham & Amersham

Today I again went to Chesham & Amersham to help Sarah Green and team. I helped to deliver targeted letters to residents in Great Missenden and Chalfont Saint Peter.

My task was greatly assisted by my excellent co-deliverers, Baroness (Liz) Barker and Mukta Patil from Chesham & Amersham Young Liberals. They both greatly helped in plotting our various routes and in making the task a great pleasure in the sunshine! The selfie above shows us with our suitably coloured conveyance!

It is great to see the Lib Dem by-election machine in over-drive. They have already sorted out bundles for me and Newbury/West Berkshire colleagues on Thursday.

Please do help as you can by going to Chesham & Amersham between now and Thursday evening, and/or by joining a Maraphone and/or donating to the campaign. It really is crucial to pull out all the stops in the final hours. You can find all the relevant links and details on Sarah’s website here.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and member of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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7 Comments

  • HS2 is a major disaster for Amersham, Little Missenden, Great Missenden, not to mention most of Buckinghamshire.

    Please remind me, what is the Lib Dem position on this major issue?

  • Peter – The Liberal Democrat national position is irrelevant to the by-election. Like any really good Liberal Democrat candidate, Sarah Green has her ears to the ground and her personal position is in opposition to HS2

  • Peter Watson 16th Jun '21 - 1:11am

    @Tim Hill “The Liberal Democrat national position is irrelevant to the by-election.”
    Why? Are the 2019 manifesto and any prior conference votes redundant now? Lib Dems from across the country are going to help (let’s hope they’re doing a bit of carbon offsetting!) and I expect that a victory would be presented as vindication of the party’s national position (though ironically, probably dismissed as “local issues” by Conservative opponents!).
    And if Lib Dem MPs or candidates in the North of England or Scotland, or even Ed Davey when making a national statement, have been making the case to voters that HS2 and the party’s policy of supporting it is important for those parts of the UK, the party will inevitably look opportunistic and hypocritical – and dismissive of those other parts of the country – in choosing to stand a candidate to oppose HS2 in a high-profile by-election in an affluent southern constituency.

  • Peter Martin 16th Jun '21 - 3:20am

    Just wondering what the feedback is from the good citizens of C&A on the introduction of a UBI? Or the re-entry of the UK into the EU? Or, the introduction of a Land Value Tax? Or the alleviation of poverty in the UK? Or any of the other issues that are discussed at length on LDV?

    It would be a good opportunity to connect with the voters on these important issues. But I get the feeling that this by-election is more about potholes than political principles.

  • John Marriott 16th Jun '21 - 9:42am

    Peter Martin “Just wondering…..” . You know, he has a point! However, we could equally counter by asking “What about some of Jezza’s wilder promises from December 2019”. Mind you, it looks as if the Tories are currently deep mining from the Ed Milliband playbook! Perhaps at least one opposition party might have a future after all. Now all we need now is for the Tories to champion UBI or LVD to make that two. However, don’t hold your breath on the EU!

  • If the good citizens of Chesham and Amersham do decide to vote against the incumbent Conservative party for whatever reason it would be a welcome, if very surprising, relief to witness a vote for something of value rather than the customary ” vote Tory whatever the implications “.

  • Peter Martin 16th Jun '21 - 10:55am

    @ John,

    “What about some of Jezza’s wilder promises from December 2019”.

    I’m not sure which you are referring to but if it is the pledge to hold another referendum then I agree that would have been a disaster. Leave would have boycotted the sham process and there could have been riots on the streets. The Lib Dem pledge to simply revoke was the only honest one for Remainers.

    But back to C&A. I didn’t expect the LibDems to run a NIMBY campaign on the basis that they’ll say whatever it takes locally, and irrespective of national policy, to win votes. Regardless of what we might have thought about JC we did know where he stood and he was usually consistent.

    If it works in C&A what are you going to do the next time a Red Wall seat comes vacant?

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