Stephen Lloyd’s hilarious Christmas card

Former Lib Dem MP for Eastbourne Stephen Lloyd has one of the funniest Christmas cards this year.

Stephen Lloyd Alpaca

And before anyone complains that it actually isn’t an alpaca, we know this. However, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton success with Blackadder II was only enhanced by their failure to correctly identify root vegetables…

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  • Which would be funnier still if it featured an alpaca.

  • Richard Underhill 25th Dec '15 - 6:18pm

    John Marriott 24th Dec ’15 – 4:55pm ” .. why he lost his election”. The Tories had an attack “under the radar”. Beware, it could happen again,

  • John Faulkner 26th Dec '15 - 11:35am

    Just waiting for him to be MP in Eastbourne again.

  • Richard Underhill 26th Dec '15 - 8:14pm

    John Marriott 26th Dec ’15 – 6:00pm Having a bit of fun is fine. Why he lost the election is a serious issue. Several books about the general election of May 2015 have been published. For instance a non-partisan professor of politics from Nottingham who was interviewed in the book slot of the parliament channel used this phrase about the Tory attack on the Liberal Democrat MPs.
    An increased use of email makes it possible to target voters more precisely, so that what they are being told may not be visible to other voters or to thr supporters of other parties. As a canvasser doing a delivery round in Eastbourne I was warned by one insistent voter that this was happening and that he was likely to switch from voting for us as he did in 2010 to voting tory in 2015.
    Stephen Lloyd has told me that he thought he was safe. Liberal Democrat HQ thought that we would hold Eastbourne (and Lewes) so money was diverted elsewhere. My canvassing made me think that he would win by a landslide and I told him so. Everybody in Eastbourne knows someone who has been helped by Stephen Lloyd, Mr Eastbourne.
    The parliamentary result was very close. In all-up election for the borough council there were three Liberal Democrat gains, providing a working majority.
    Vote Labour and get a Tory. Vote Green and get a Tory.
    The tories’ net gain was 24 seats, our net loss was 49, so Eastbourne was only part of the story, but it hurts most.
    Stephen Lloyd was a good MP and I hope he will be back.

  • Richard Underhill 27th Dec '15 - 11:57am

    John Marriott 27th Dec ’15 – 10:47am
    “1. You can win in local government because many people will still vote for the individual rather than the party.
    2. People like Stephen Lloyd, no matter how assiduous they are, can be swept away because many voters in General Elections are influenced by other factors than just electing an MP.”
    That may be generally true, but not in Eastbourne. Stephen Lloyd has coat-tails.
    3: I am not so pessimistic about the public. Many of them are simply getting on with their own lives. Some of them make a final decision close to polling day.
    4. Please have a look at “The Political Brain”. You can have a billion dollars, be 22% ahead in the polls and lose.
    5. A previous Tory MP for Eastbourne told the House of Commons that it had “been held in the Conservative interest for 100 years” (not accurate actually) which may be part of the reason why Labour does not do well in Eastbourne.

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