In the next month 13 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. They include Bath, where Don Foster is standing down after 23 years, a seat which the party will be keen to defend. So far, of the six held Lib Dem seats where MPs are retiring, five have chosen women and one a man from an ethnic community (details here). What will happen in Bath?

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

    Aldershot, 14th March
    Southend West, 15th March
    South Suffolk, 17th March
    Bradford South, 21st March
    Bradford West, 21st March
    Chelmsford, 21st March
    North Thanet, 21st March
    Thirsk & Malton, 21st March
    Bath, 28th March
    Tiverton & Honiton, 28th March
    Skipton & Ripon, 31st March
    Leeds East, 4th April
    Penrith and the Border, 11th April

For current Scottish and Welsh seats advertising for candidates see this post.

Further information, including Returning Officer contact details, can be found on the Lib Dem members’ website: 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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  • Does anyone know what the timetable for selection in Watford is? It is surely be a priority for the Lib Dems next year, seeing as how close the result was in 2010.

  • Stuart Mitchell 16th Mar '14 - 11:27am

    I know this is not a matter of great import but… could you PLEASE ditch that terrible word “wannabe”? It doesn’t even mean what you seem to think it does. A wannabe is someone who tries to be like someone else – the word was coined in the ’80s to describe young girls who dressed like Madonna, and is normally used somewhat condescendingly.

  • Richard Shaw 16th Mar '14 - 4:08pm

    I think the Spice Girls may have passed Stuart by.

  • Apologies for being a bit dim but do the dates above indicate the date of the shortlisting meeting or the selection meeting?

    And on a language note – please could we not refer to “ethnic community ” as this term is meaningless – we are all part of an ethnic community or one form or another whether that is the majority White British, or minority White Irish, Black Caribbean, Black African ethnic group, etc etc – I think a better term might be ethnic minority group

    I’m not especially keen on the term community either – am I as a white British person part of the “White community” or the “Middle Class community”?

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