Good luck to Beki Sellick in the Peterborough by-election

Peterborough makes history today. It’s the first parliamentary constituency to hold a by-election following the successful recall of an MP.

Lib Dem candidate Beki Sellick has been working hard. People who have been to Peterborough have said what a brilliant candidate she is and how you can’t walk down the street without loads of people stopping her because she has such a high profile there.

She talked about her plan for Peterborough in an interview with the Parliamentary Review:

Sellick’s plan is based around three key areas: the economy, the environment and public services. As a business owner herself, working as a sustainable transport engineer, she sees these three issues to be linked.

Identifying Peterborough’s economic growth, she warned of the low skilled nature of many new jobs and their risk of being automated. To combat this, she stated that “a priority will be building up Peterborough’s economy and skills, supported by the independent university.”

The second key priority is the environment, particularly focusing on congestion and air quality. By reducing congestion, she hopes to improve transport, health and sustainability in one.

This, according to Sellick, could also be supported by investment in public services: “If we put proper funding into our schools and proper respect for teachers, all schools will improve and then people won’t feel they have to drive to schools across town.”

Alongside this investment, Sellick is also campaigning for “proper funding for the NHS, proper funding for teachers and beyond this, proper respect for professionals.”

She senses a shift towards Remain in the conversations she has had with voters:

Describing the result of the referendum, Sellick argued: “53,000 people voted Leave; 34,000 people voted Remain. Almost the entire difference, 17,000, couldn’t vote because they were citizens of an EU country other than the UK. A further tranche of people [who were unable to vote], who were entitled to vote in the Scottish referendum, are the 16 and 17 year olds.”

Because of this, demographics and results are not so easy to predict: “It depends how you frame the electorate: Peterborough could have easily been a Remain city in 2016.”

Beyond the initial referendum, Sellick is positive that the balance may have swung to Remain: “we’ve been engaged in conversation and people have been shifting their position.

Good luck to Beki today and thanks to her and her team for the fantastic effort they put in after a campaign that was thrust upon them at the last minute after efforts to find a single pro-Remain candidate failed at the last moment.

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

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17 Comments

  • I have read several articles about Peterborough, the one thing that strikes me about all of them is the lack of “hope”. Now the Brexit party offer false “hope” a deadly concoction but if real”hope” cannot be offered it will prevail. The status quo is not an option, neither is the Gradgrind policies of the Tories or virtue signalled of the Labour party, we need real solutions that give hope and improve peoples lives or truely stupidity will prevail and we will enter dark times.

  • Peter Martin 6th Jun '19 - 8:19am

    Beki Sellick will need lots of good luck if the bookies have it right. She’s a 33/1 shot. Labour are on 9/2, the Tories have even less hope 66/1. You know who are odds on favourites at 1/6.

  • John Marriott 6th Jun '19 - 9:22am

    Is she any relation of John Sellick, who stood several times for Parliament in a couple of Lincolnshire constituencies?

    I wish her luck, although the Nige tide may do for them all.

  • In purely political terms the best result is a victory for the Brexit Party and the Lib Dem’s coming 2nd or 3rd but not too far ahead/behind Labour.

    Why? Imagine the Lib Dem’s romped this one. Labour would almost certainly pivot to remain and take a lot of votes off us. However if Labour think they still need to sit on the fence then that only helps out cause.

    I’m also going to be interested in the %share. We might find that the Tory vote is decimated whilst the BXP do really well. Simplistically then I’d like to know what would happen if we halve the BXP vote in a GE and donate 50% of it to the Tory party. Would the BXP still win or would we/ Labour?

    Of course the Lib Dem in me just wants us to win this seat but the political scientist in me thinks the above…

  • Richard Underhill 6th Jun '19 - 2:35pm

    The Times has announced the winner on page 16 column 5.
    It should be embargoed until after 10 pm British Summer Time.

  • nvelope2003 6th Jun '19 - 7:45pm

    Ironic that on the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings many voters were apparently voting for a party which wants to take us out of the EU which is the successor to the organisation which was created to ensure that there would never again be war in Europe.

  • Peter Martin 6th Jun '19 - 8:27pm

    @ nvelope 2003,

    Ok. So you’re saying that because the UK was part of the invasion forces 75 years ago when we ‘went into’ Europe that therefore we now have to stay in the EU to stop us having to invade again? What about America, Canada, Australia and NZ who were part of the invasion too? Would it help if they became associate members?

    And the Russians and Ukrainians? Most of the killing was on the Eastern front so we’d have to have them in too.

    Then we’d need to persuade the Chinese, the Koreans, the Philippines, the Japanese, the Americans etc to have an EU like structure with a common Parliament and currency union etc. We don’t want them to start bombing each other again!

  • Peter,
    On the day Bridgend was effectively killed off, perhaps a period of silence and reflection might he in order for a person who enabled it. Brexit O sorry Lexit comes at a cost and the cost grows daily.

  • nvelope2003 6th Jun '19 - 9:00pm

    Peter Martin: I was talking about Europe. We cannot be responsible for what other people do. The Russians were Hitler’s ally from 1939 until 1941 as a result of the Molotov/Ribbentrop Pact which enabled them to carve up Poland and kill vast numbers of Poles, so we are not responsible for the Russians either. The Russian Communists brought their problems on themselves although it was the Russian people who paid the price, just as British people paid the price for the failings of their own leaders. We do not need to repeat the mistakes.
    I am afraid you are desperately trying to justify your visceral hatred of the EU by using any argument you can dredge up however ridiculous. It is interesting how the Socialist left, having lost all belief in their own politics, have become totally cynical with their world weary criticisms but with no solutions to offer. Mr Putin is very keen to destroy the EU to achieve what Stalin failed to do, so maybe that explains the hostility of the hard left to it.

  • Peter Martin 6th Jun '19 - 10:07pm

    @ nvelope2003,

    Look, i don’t hate Europe. Can you get that into your head? The hard left don’t want to be a part of Europe because they see it as a capitalist club. I don’t have a problem with that. It’s disaster of of the capitalist club that bothers me!

    Just on a point of information: Stalin couldn’t destroy the EU because he died some 50 years before it was formed! Putin doesn’t need to do anything. The EU will destroy itself. Stand by for a possible collapse with the coming Italian crisis.

  • Paul Barker 6th Jun '19 - 10:58pm

    Can I remind everyone to stop feeding the trolls, it gives them the runs.

  • Congratulations to Beki Selleck on a very creditable result coming from a 3% vote to 12%.

  • I said Labour would win this. And they have. Corbyn is the next PM.

  • Glenn
    Next general election, a parliament where no party has an overall majority.

  • Ian Martin
    I don’t think so. I’m a liberal. But this is a country with lots of private debt, decreasing economic protections and an unstable social structures. There’s room here for “big state”. But I do concede there are variables

  • Glenn
    Britain needs to have a workforce that can deal with the economic challenges of this century.

  • nvelope2003 7th Jun '19 - 4:12pm

    I did not say you hated Europe but that you hated the EU. Whenever any institution or person is going through a difficult period those who dislike them start predicting their fall. Maybe Italy will bring necessary changes which will alter the character of the EU.

    I know when Stalin died. I can remember hearing the news. He wanted to make Europe (not the EU) a satellite of the USSR after 1945 as Putin would like to do now, maybe for good reason. I do not blame him for his actions in Ukraine as they were in response to very unwise Western provocation. You cannot carry out someone’s legacy until they are dead.

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