Julian Huppert writes…#libdemfightback: from theory to practice

As we move on from the trauma of the General Election, I have been hugely encouraged by the new sense of energy, and the huge new membership – we’ve got almost 200 new members here in Cambridge, for example.

There are lots of reasons – people realising their values chime with ours, people feeling bad about the huge hit that we took, people rather belatedly realising what we achieved.

This will form the core of the #libdemfightback – and I have no doubt that we will fight back and win more seats at all levels.

It is of course really important that we keep these members, and make sure that they do get the policy discussions, the community activity, the sense of value that they want. We cannot just let them believe we are nothing more than a campaigning cult, our rituals being leaflet delivery and door knocking.

However, for the fightback to be real, we do need to do that sort of campaigning too.

There’s an old saying that in theory, theory and practice are the same thing – but in practice they’re totally different.

I want our fightback to be real. And we have a great opportunity to show that here in Cambridge.

One of our County Councillors has had to resign his seat in Romsey ward – a tight LD/Labour marginal – because of a change in work commitments, and so we are fighting a stand alone by-election on the 25th June.

Our candidate is the brilliant Nichola Martin, who played a key role in my election campaign. Among other things, Nichola is campaigning for a new primary school in Romsey so that parents will not have to commute long distances out of the city through rush-hour traffic to take their children to and from school, an arrangement that makes it almost impossible for both parents to work and hardwires congestion and carbon emissions into our community.

We need your help. Can you come to Cambridge and give us a hand? We’ll be working every day, with delivery and door knocking. And we can offer phone banking too. Accommodation can be found if needed.

Contact us on [email protected] or ring 01223 313765 or just use the VPB EE8041L-7279.

If you can come, and help us keep a key marginal County Council seat in the most marginal Lib/Lab Parliamentary seat, it will help us to ensure the fightback is for real.

* Julian Huppert was the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge from 2010-15

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  • Tony Greaves 31st May '15 - 11:52am

    Julian – you don’t mean a “campaigning cult”, you mean an electioneering cult.

    Campaigning is what we do, it’s our style of politics, and it’s what a lot of the new members will want to do. It’s what we’ve forgotten and stopped doing far too often in the last five years.


    Good luck in the by-election by the way!

  • Agree with you both. 15,000 new members nationally. Best wishes to Nicola Martin and your new members too.

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