In the next month 12 seats will short-list their wannabe Lib Dem MPs

Lib Dems winning hereHere’s the full list of selection contests in the coming month available for Lib Dems on the approved parliamentary candidates’ list, together with the closing date for applications.

The following seats have selections in progress and are currently advertising for candidates:

    Eddisbury, 23rd May
    Stoke on Trent Central, 23rd May
    Stoke on Trent North, 23rd May
    Stoke on Trent South, 23rd May
    Weaver Vale, 23rd May
    York Central, 23rd May
    Suffolk Coastal, 30th May
    Richmond (Yorks), 31st May
    Kenilworth & Southam, 2nd June
    Edinburgh North and Leith, 6th June
    Reading East, 14th June
    Reading West, 14th June

Further information, including Returning Officer contact details, can be found on the Lib Dem members’ website: http://www.libdems.org.uk/forms/user_sessions/new and then once you have logged in by following the links: Our Party > Selection Adverts – Latest News. Note you will need to register online and login in order to access the advert webpage.

* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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6 Comments

  • Richard Dean 10th May '14 - 5:14pm

    This looks like 12 good opportunities to start to try to correct the gender imbalance in the party’s parliamentary representation.

  • John Penson 10th May '14 - 7:37pm

    Just hope the liberal democrats can rebuilt their support before the next election. Nick Clegg needs to study his performance in the first pre election debate and regain some of that conviction and sparkle that was so convincing!

  • peter tyzack 11th May '14 - 11:47am

    yesterday Bristol selected its candidates for two more Bristol seats, Abdul Malik for Bristol East and Mark Wright for Bristol South, both very well qualified for the job and will be excellent PPCs. As the press release says, ‘they each gave a presentation to a packed hall, and then took part in a very challenging Q&A session. They were elected unanimously.’ Sorry Richard Dean, no women candidates came forward, but as these are development seats we were allowed to proceed to conclude the selection.

  • Antony Hook Antony Hook 11th May '14 - 5:26pm

    We really ought to say prospective not “wannabee” with I think is slightly pejorative.

  • Richard Dean 11th May '14 - 6:58pm

    I agree that “wannabee” sounds disrespectful.

    It’s a pity there were apparently no women candidates in Bristol. I used to live in Bath and there’s nothing particularly shy about women in that area. So you’ve got to wonder what’s wrong with the party there.

    I hope that at least five of the next ten selected candidates will be women. Selection is a very hit-and-miss process, and we all know candidates and even elected MP’s who were obviously the wrong people for the job. So why not recognize this and introduce a procedure that is certain to get things right? First off, ensure that there are an equal number of men and women in the shortlist. This provides an opportunity to weed out obviously unsuitable candidates. Then use an entirely random procedure to make the final selection – such as pulling a name out of a hat.

    Such procedure is unlikely to reduce the quality of the result, but would be vet likely to produce an acceptable demographic.

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