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Tuesday by-election GAIN for Lib Dems

Good news from Wells:

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“Tories running dirty tricks call campaign against Lib Dems”

Tessa Munt photo by Keith EdkinsThat’s the headline in today’s Mirror newspaper:

The Tories have launched a nasty dirty tricks campaign in a knife-edge constituency ahead of the next election. Conservative activists are ringing voters in marginal Wells and pretending to be calling on behalf of the respected local Lib-Dem MP Tessa Munt. They then ask the voters if they wanted to see David Cameron or Ed Miliband as Prime Minister at the next election. The calls were all made from a number in Southend, Essex. The Mirror has confirmed that

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Tessa Munt on being a newbie MP: “It’s a very serious job, but I’m having a ball.”

As this BBC Somerset report excitedly notes, Tessa Munt is “the first Liberal Democrat MP for Wells since World War II”, having defeated Tory incumbent David Heathcote-Amory in May.

You can read here about how she’s settling into her new office (“The most important thing for me was making sure we were actually accessible from ever single part of the constituency”), furnished with recycled fittings (“I did actually do a raid on some of the outgoing MPs offices. … I don’t frankly mind if my box files are second hand.”).

And as for how she’s taken to the …

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Tessa Munt MP’s maiden speech

LDV is continuing the tradition started on Cix of re-posting maiden speeches of new Lib Dem MPs for the delectation and comment of our own community. You can catch up on those published to date here. Today is Tessa Munt’s turn …

It is an honour to follow Jim Shannon and to address the House for the first time on behalf of the people of Wells, the most beautiful constituency in the country. Yes it is.

First, I wish to pay tribute to my predecessor, David Heathcoat-Amory, who sat in the House for 27 years, a longer period of

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Recent Comments

  • TonyH
    Goodness me, some people are really tying themselves in knots trying to solve a problem that doesn't really exist. The seat needs a new MP. Tragic circumstances...
  • Lorenzo Cherin
    Mark, the best piece I think in a while, on here! And the standard is often high!! Liberal, must indicate, flexible, otherwise it is not a Liberalism I recog...
  • Andrew Toye
    I do not see the conference decision to "stand a candidate in every seat unless local members agree to stand aside" as a turn to tribalism - far from it. T...
  • Christine Headley
    I was in a seat where we were stood down for the Greens in 2019. Most seats like ours are by definition weak, but by standing down we are made weaker still. Our...
  • Peter Reisdorf
    For people like me, living alone and working from home, the last lockdown in the middle of winter was a nightmare. I finished work and went out for a walk, but...