Joan Ruddock and the Iraq war: an unusual self-description

Joan Ruddock didn’t vote in four of the six key Parliamentary votes on going to war in Iraq used by the independent Public Whip website (which sorts and reformats the official Parliamentary voting records) to analyse MPs’ voting records on the war.

So how do you think Joan Ruddock describes this two-thirds absent record in a target letter to voters?

This is how:

I have always acted with integrity and stuck to my principles – voting against the government going to war in Iraq.

As local Liberal Democrat blogger Max puts it:

So, I don’t think she’s being straight at all by saying that she voted against the government going to war in Iraq. She didn’t do  a Robin Cook or even a Diane Abbott, at the crucial moment she wasn’t in the room.

Something that voters should know, and that can potentially affect her chances for the forthcoming elections since it’s not just an embarrassing statement but also a great way to remind people of the clear position that Lib Dems took against the Iraq war.

She’s the incumbent with a large majority, but the debate is just starting. Lib Dems were the second party in Lewisham Deptford in 2005 and with the redrawing of the constituency boundary to include Lewisham Central ward (where Lib Dems are the first party) our chances have increased.

The Liberal Democrat candidate is Tamora Langley.

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6 Comments

  • Alec says “It really depends if voters care about it”
    She wrote about it in her letter to local people so she seems to think that voters care about the Iraq war.

  • Matthew Huntbach 12th Apr '10 - 9:46pm


    Yet, boring local issues like the Channel Tunnel link are relevant to voters and what they’re likely to base their choices on, not high falutin discussions about wars which have been over for no less than five years.

    I think you will find LibDem campaigners in Lewisham are pretty clued-up on what’s relevant to local voters. I’ve just been delivering in my old ward of Downham in that borough. I remember 1997, Downham Way was covered in Labour stake-boards, though I held my seat comfortably in 1998. 2010, it’s covered in LibDem stakeboards. Most of the council seats in Bridget Prentice’s old constituency were won by the LibDems in 2006. Not surprising she’s stepped down.

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