Liberal Democrats campaign all year round – even in the snow

When I woke up to an icy white blanket in my garden this morning, my first thought was for all those Liberal Democrat campaigners who are out and about in the freezing cold risking life and limb to talk to voters and get our message across.

I will never be one of them. I am a total wuss where snow and ice are concerned.  Or, to be more accurate, a chionophobic. Ever since a fall on ice meant that I wasn’t able to walk for five months, I don’t do snow or ice if I can possibly avoid it.

My admiration for those who do go out in the horrible white stuff knows no bounds. I had presumed if we had snow in the central belt, that the North East would be under feet of the stuff, but both West Aberdeenshire and Gordon reported bak that they were enjoying beautiful weather. However, Christine had posted a photograph of some lethal looking local pavements last Saturday:

Dyce death trap pavements

South of the border, we find our own Joe Otten  out with a team in Sheffield. They looked very happy in their work:

Joe in Hallam Snow


Here’s Clive Jones, the candidate for Wokingham out happily delivering Focus in the snow:

Clive Jones Wokingham

Richard Marbrow, parliamentary candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth, and his team even got to proper frolicking in the snow, too. They also got a fantastic reception on the doorsteps in Crompton Ward in Oldham by day

Marbrow canvasses by day


And by night:

Marbrow in the snow at night


Even after all that, they still had the energy for, wait for it, snow angels. Richard told the story on Facebook and gave me permission to share it:

Final session of canvassing today was in Crompton. Went out with a team of 5 people and halfway round we found a big patch of blank snow. Snow angels were suggested and as we were enthusiastically waving our arms and legs around, who should walk around the corner but local Labour MP Debbie Abrahams and her team of one other person canvassing the occasional door.

I have never seen an opponents face fall quite so fast but I honestly don’t know whether it was because we outnumbered her, whether she was getting the same number of Lib Dems on the doorstep as we were, or whether she was upset because she was not having as much fun as we were.

She would have been welcome to join in but maybe snow angels are not her thing. And as she doesn’t live in the constituency she does have a longer drive home than me!

But my absolute hero of today is Grace Goodlad. Yesterday, she was sipping cocktails in 32 degree Egyptian heat. Today, well, not so much. I’m sure not even Chris White’s company can have compensated:

Grace Goodlad and Chris White


If you want your photo of campaigning in the snow added to this or a future post, please send it to [email protected].

It’s all impressive stuff. My respect to all those hardy campaigners who have been out there spreading the word and I hope they are all at home enjoying hot chocolate with a generous slug of brandy.. Just think how much nicer April showers are going to feel compared to this.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Out delivering the “New Jobs Boom ” newspaper from Mayor Dave Hodgson in my Ward tonight with long time LD friend Steve Lawson and the cold and then snow for 2 hours 🙂

  • “reported bak”

  • Eddie Sammon 30th Jan '15 - 8:59am

    People need to go to work wearing suitable trainers or boots in this weather. Most will know already, but the snow can be very dangerous.

    Best of luck

  • Matthew Huntbach 30th Jan '15 - 11:25am

    It’s an old trick – when it snows is the time to do your Focus round. People remember it.

  • Couple of days ago the Cons delivered a very good leaflet here, in the snow! .

  • I haven’t actually seen any snow for two years … [steps back smartly]

  • I am amazed the lib dems are putting their resources into Gordon or west Aberdeenshire? Surely those seats are not on their target list of seats to hold?

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