In the next month 39 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 Watford, on paper the 6th most winnable Tory seat for the Lib Dems, needing a swing of just 1.39%, as well as Redcar, where incumbent MP Ian Swales, whose majority over Labour is 5,214, is stepping down. And if anyone fancies taking on health secretary Jeremy Hunt, his South West Surrey seat is also up for grabs.

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

    Hackney North and Stoke Newington, 16th August
    Hackney South and Shoreditch, 16th August
    Batley and Spen, 18th August
    Watford, 19th August
    Skipton and Ripon, 20th August
    Ludlow, 22nd August
    Meon Valley, 22nd August
    Stretford and Urmston, 22nd August
    Weston-super-Mare, 22nd August
    Stroud, 27th August
    Edmonton, 29th August
    Enfield North, 29th August
    Enfield Southgate, 29th August
    Garston and Halewood, 29th August
    Liverpool Riverside, 29th August
    Liverpool Walton, 29th August
    Liverpool Wavertree, 29th August
    Liverpool West Derby, 29th August
    Manchester Central, 29th August
    Redcar, 29th August
    Workington, 29th August
    Stockton North, 3rd September
    Stockton South, 3rd September
    Clacton, 6th September
    Harwich & North Essex, 6th September
    South West Surrey, 9th September
    Aberdeen South, 25th August
    Banff & Buchan, 12th September
    Moray, 12th September
    Na h-Eileanan an Iar, 12th September
    Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, 12th September
    Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, 12th September
    Falkirk, 12th September
    Airdrie and Shotts, 12th September
    Motherwell and Wishaw, 12th September
    Lanark and Hamilton East, 12th September
    Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, 12th September
    Linlithgow and East Falkirk, 12th September
    Livingston, 12th September

In addition, applications for Scottish Parliament Regional List Selections are also invited:

    West of Scotland, 21st September
    Glasgow, 21st September
    Central Scotland, 21st September
    South of Scotland, 21st September
    Lothians, 21st September
    Mid Scotland & Fife, 21st September
    North East, 21st September
    Highlands & Islands, 21st September

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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  • John Roffey 16th Aug '14 - 5:34pm

    Well it should be good practice for those selected – for the time, unfortunately in the distant future, when the Party has a remote chance of gaining, rather than losing, seats.

    With the most reliable predictors forecasting the Party retaining only 16 or 17 seats – perhaps the battle to be selected will not be too fierce.

  • paul barker 16th Aug '14 - 6:20pm

    With “everyone” agreeing that we are doomed now is the Time to stand, you have nothing to lose but your sleep. I think we will get somewhere between 50 & 100 MPs but I am known to be quite mad.

  • David Evans 16th Aug '14 - 6:31pm

    I rarely disagree with my friend John, but I don’t think it will be good practice for those selected at all; merely a totally dispiriting experience done out of a sense of duty to the party. However, with the mess Nick is leaving behind him, it will sadly be very valid practice for most Lib Dem candidates for many years to come.

  • Simon Banks 17th Aug '14 - 5:38pm

    I don’t think the shortage of applicants is just because they expect to get tonked. The activist base is declining and, thank God, most of the PPCs still come from the ranks of the activists.

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