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Why this Bristol student is backing Stephen Williams

Bristol University’s student newspaper, epigram, has a piece from Sarah Redrup explaining why she is backing the Lib Dems’ Stephen Williams when she heads to the polling station in Bristol West today:

It may seem strange to some that a 2012-entry student from an under-achieving state school has chosen to support the Liberal Democrats. There are several reasons why I believe, despite the tuition fee debacle, that the Liberal Democrats are a party that represent my interests as a student.

The policies that attracted me the most to the Lib Dems were those addressing the specific barriers to accessing university that I felt whilst at school. One of these is the Liberal Democrats’ 2010 manifesto priority, Pupil Premium , which directed funding towards children and students on free school meals, helping secondary schools like mine address serious attainment gaps.

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So how worried should we be about the Ashcroft poll on Bristol West?

Lord Ashcroft has released a further six constituency polls today. There is serious Liberal Democrat interest in only one of them – in Stephen Williams’ constituency in Bristol West. The results make depressing reading, showing Stephen in 3rd place behind the Greens. The figures, after they’ve been through Ashcroft’s magic manipulator, his not very transparent methodology.

Ashcroft Bristol West poll bar chart

 

As always he doesn’t use the candidate’s name, which makes no sense during an election. Let’s face it, the voters will be filling in ballot papers with the candidates’ names on them. Not only that, he doesn’t even name the constituency.

Party sources are quite bemused that Ashcroft hasn’t even tailored the poll to suit the seat. For example, with UKIP not a key player, he still asks if people have received literature from them. Yet the Greens are supposedly on 25% and he didn’t bother to ask if people had heard from them.

There’s also a feeling in the party that the truth on the ground isn’t as gloomy as the raw data would suggest for 3 reasons:

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    @Michael BG "Increase the National Minimum Wage to 70% of average earnings within seven years" What sort of 'average' are you implying? Median or mean?
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    @Michael BG Well said Michael. I agree with every word. Our policies and commitment to Liberalism should define us, instead of being bogged down by...
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    Richard Elliott - I'm afraid the one point where you are mistaken is when you say "In the South-West we used to get the left...
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    Nick Barlow, I thought that for both policy papers I referred to that there was an extended consultation and they were not just produced in...
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    Dave Chapman, You question our policies and then ask us to convince you to vote for us. Therefore I will not state our existing polices....
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    Paul, I hadn’t even considered how disenfranchised the overseas members are and you are right that it has to be sorted out. For this early...
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