Tories worried about Chesham and Amersham

With so many Lib Dems heading over to Chesham and Amersham to support Sarah Green, it was interesting to read a letter published today in The Guardian. Dr Peter Dawson, a voter in the constituency, writes:

This has long been an ultra-safe Conservative seat, but there appears to be some anxiety among Tories, locally and nationally, about a possible Liberal Democrat win. Boris Johnson has made an appearance here and canvassers have been drafted in from London.

Apparently Rishi Sunak has written to all voters encouraging them to vote for a candidate “who can work with me”. As Dr Dawson says:

Now, I am not a Lib Dem supporter, but I recognise that the Lib Dem candidate is not some beyond-the-pale extremist, so I see no reason why Sarah Green and Sunak could not work together. But perhaps Sunak is not that kind of politician, and perhaps this is not that kind of government.

Most party members will by now have received emails (possibly more than one!) explaining how to get involved.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • Helen Dudden 11th Jun '21 - 6:45am

    I’m looking for Power Wheelchair accessible events.

  • @Helen – A digression from the article topic.
    You remind me of an important point that is being overlooked in the electric car hype: charging points for the rest of us: scooters, bicycles, wheelchairs etc.
    Given the nature of these carriages it should be very straight-forward to define a common charging interface for these devices and for charging stations to be placed in places useful to people(*).

    (*) In my neighbouring town the bicycle and scooter charging rack is the opposite side of a supermarket to its pedestrian entrance and closed road path to the town centre…

  • @Helen wrt Power Wheelchair accessibly
    This can be more difficult than some may think. Some years back I had responsibilities for a community centre and had received a request for better ‘buggy’ access for the older users. After a survey, observations and some thought we:
    1. Upgraded the access paths so that two buggies could pass each other without falling off the path.
    2. Installed a ‘carport’ so that those who didn’t need the buggy in the building had somewhere to park and get on/off with some weather protection.
    3. Minimised the amount of reversing buggy users had to do to get in and out.

    Unfortunately, the building had been built in the 1980’s around a central garden – which all rooms looked out over. With all access through the garden, improving the buggy access naturally reduced the size of the garden. I think from how few complaints we got we didn’t do too bad a job of it and got the number of required parking spaces about right.

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