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Adrian Sanders writes… the South West is missing a voice

Where is the South West’s voice at Westminster? In fact, where is there any opposition voice speaking up for the region, scrutinising and where necessary opposing policies not in our best interests.

In the South West region at the last election the Conservatives gained every seat held by the Liberal Democrats. Fourteen gains that gifted the Conservative Party its overall majority of twelve in the House of Commons.

There was no great swing to the Conservatives in May to give them this position of absolute power. Instead, a number of people who had previously voted Liberal Democrat to prevent a majority Tory Government cast their votes for the Greens, Labour and Ukip, or not at all.

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‘The devil gets all the best tunes’ – South West sentiment to the EU

We all know Britain’s relationship with Europe is a fault-line for the Conservative party.  Equally, we know that Labour has its own divisions. In both parties, the split is between pro-Europeans and anti-Europeans, between staying in Europe or getting out of Europe.

Affirmation of the Liberal Democrats’ pro-European position comes from the findings of a survey I conducted among 457 Liberal Democrat councillors in the South West region at the beginning of September, which delivers an unambiguous message of support for the Party’s Europe policy*.

However, one revealing division in …

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  • User AvatarDavid Raw 17th Sep - 8:13am
    @ Tim Hill I'm afraid I do live in the real world, Tim, as do all the people affected by those votes for whom it...
  • User AvatarTim Hill 17th Sep - 7:58am
    Very well said Ross. I'm not sure why a former supporter is commenting on a supporters web site, but you've hit the nail on the...
  • User AvatarTim Hill 17th Sep - 7:50am
    Oh David. Live in the real world. No defector is going to have a perfect liberal record, especially a Minister. What matters is where they...
  • User AvatarGlenn 17th Sep - 7:50am
    Alex MacFie I do get it. I just don't think it's good. And as I said I'm not going backward and forwards on this. It's...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 17th Sep - 7:34am
    So Sam is a "proper Liberal" for singing a song about a policy the party formally abandoned in the 1920's ? Is it a case...
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 17th Sep - 7:34am
    Glenn: If you don't get the principle that MPs are representatives (in the Burkean sense), rather than delegates, at least try to understand why it's...
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