Poll boosts for Kirsty Williams and Eluned Parrott in Wales

The only poll that actually matters is the one that happens 8 days from today, but there is encouraging news from key Welsh marginals. The caveat is that it’s based on extrapolations from a uniform national swing, but it is a sign that the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Kirsty are having a good impact with their campaign calling for improvements in health, education, housing and the economy, all of which are suffering under Labour rule.

Wales Online looks at a number of seats including two of particular interest to Liberal Democrats:

Brecon and Radnorshire

The constituency was won comfortably by the Conservatives in last year’s general election.

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams is on 40.4% with Tory Gary Price on 27.4%.

Cardiff Central

In Cardiff Central, where Labour took the seat from the Liberal Democrats in last year’s general election with a comfortable majority, the party’s Jenny Rathbone, who narrowly won it in 2011, is said to be trailing the Lib Dems’ Eluned Parrott by 35.1% to 28.6%.

I have long been a massive fan of Kirsty Williams, even more so since her revelation last week that she is still helping with lambing on her family’s farm.

I only met Eluned for the first time when I went to Welsh Conference in February. She is brilliant, particularly on the issues of mental health and Europe. She also has as an amazing singing voice, as I found out at the Conference karaoke.

There haven’t featured Montgomeryshire or Ceredigion, but it would be great if the fantastic Jane Dodds and Liz Evans were also in such strong positions.

If you live within reasonable distance of Wales and can spare some time to help in these last few days, sign up here or donate here.

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

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6 Comments

  • Richard Underhill 27th Apr '16 - 5:02pm

    Or deputy leader? what happened to that?

  • You do realise this same poll also says that these will be the only two members we get elected to the Welsh Assembly, don’t you?

  • With 17 years of Labour, Conservatives having nothing to offer in Wales and the most impressive Welsh leader in Kirsty Williams one would hope that the Lib Dems would really, really have a go in Wales. It could be the show-ground where the party can demonstrate what they could offer the rest of the UK in a post-Clegg time.

  • Well, we’ve certainly got Labour scared in Cardiff Central. But it’s not over yet – we need to match them door-for-door and leaflet-for-leaflet to win. If you can, please help by:

    Donating at http://www.cardiffld.org.uk/donate

    Joining our team for a day http://www.cardiffld.org.uk/pledge

    Or phoning some voters, VPB code 350E71H-5079

    Thank you

  • Richard Underhill 6th May '16 - 10:12am

    The CEO of Ipsos-Mori is going back to 1910.
    He should know that there was a substantial widening of the franchise in 1918 when David Lloyd-George was Prime Minister.

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