Voting Liberal Democrat tomorrow: Lord Michael Cashman, former Labour MEP and actor in first British soap opera gay kiss

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Lord Michael Cashman CBE, former Labour MEP who has been very active for decades in the Labour party, Stonewall and Equity, has said he will be voting Lib Dem tomorrow because of our “absolute consistency”. As an actor, he played Colin Russell in EastEnders, a character who was a particpant in the first gay kiss on a British soap opera.

Thank you very much indeed for voting for us, Michael!

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • And the latest Poll put us in 2nd place, ahead of Labour. We, not Labour are the main challenger to Brexit.

  • Paul: but several others today do not. Panelbase, Opinium, Coms Res, we perhaps need to exercise some caution. What bothered me was 19% Lib Dem, 13% Labou, Greens 12 in YouGov in the Times but it leaves with only 10 seats against Labours 13!!!! and the Greens 8. So much for a fair system.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 22nd May '19 - 2:49pm

    He is a fine actor and good man, saw him on stage , pre his political career, terrific, with Simon Callow too, Michael Cashman herein, we need to build on these , excellent backers.

  • @theakes

    Actually I think the most likely is a very close toss-up between us and Labour is most likely. The Opinium poll actually also had us within 2 points of Labour. And within each pollster each later poll (with the exception of Comres) has show us (and the Brexit Party) moving up. And in the last few days we have seen us moving up from around 14% and Labour moving down from around 20%. The question is what will happen in the last two days which cannot be captured by opinion poll snapshots. I think it likely that the momentum will be with the Lib Dems and the Brexit party. With people at the last minute switching to us and many Tory and Labour voters that do not have strong Brexit/Remain feelings staying at home. The Tories and Labour parties have hardly bothered to vote – why should they go out and vote!

    Having said all that I think that Labour will just shade it over us in the 2nd/3rd place battle. Although, I do note that on Wikipedia’s graph of euro opinion polls using local regression the Labour and the Lib Dems lines have crossed with the Lib Dems ahead of Labour FWIW! But Labour are clearly very worried – hence the attack on the Brexit Party by Brown yesterday.

    It would be nice to get over 14.4% – our best ever showing in the Euros under the current system and equal to or more than 11 MEPs – our best performance (actually we got 12 but only when there were more MEPs for the UK being elected). @326pols has us on 10.8 seats.

    As the Times’ analysis of us getting 10 seats v 13 seats for Labour shows – it is highly likely that a few votes – may be equivalent to 1 per ward – will determine whether we get an extra seat in a region and possibly whether we beat 14.4%. And our “best ever” euro election result in seats and votes would be very useful for our further momentum (and that of a People’s Vote).

  • Richard Underhill 22nd May '19 - 9:06pm

    GOD is with us.
    Gus O Donnell is voting Liberal Democrat

  • What is the significance of the photograph?

    Is one of them Mr Cashman?

    If so, who is the other man and how is he relevant?

    Or is it just a stock photo of … well … two blokes?


    Confused of Crewe.

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