Wonderful photo from the Faraday by-election

Last Thursday, after an energetic campaign, 18 year old Liberal Democrat candidate Lauren Pemberton-Nelson achieved an 8.2% rise in our vote share, more than doubling it to 14.5%.

One theme that came across from the campaign was how brilliant a candidate she was. Tom Brake had this to say about her when he went to help:

We’ve been sent one special photo by regular LDV contributor Ruth Bright who represented the Faraday ward on Southwark Council before Lauren was born.

Here she is with Lauren on the Aylesbury Estate where Lauren has lived for most of her life.

Ruth Bright and Lauren Pemberton-Nelson

We suspect this will not be the last we hear of Lauren after she put in such a strong performance.

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  • Tony Greaves 24th Jan '16 - 3:38pm

    Reality check – 14% in a ward we used to hold. The increase is great, let’s hope Lauren and the locals keep going, but it’s a long road back in a lot of these places and it will take a lot of hard work and won’t happen quickly. And it depends on the party as a whole regaining it’s radical campaigning purpose.


  • A wonderful article and picture , if only some in our party could be wholly positive sometimes , like Lauren and Ruth look ,in the photo . Let s offer real congatulations , to her , and as Kipling , of literature , rather than cakes , said , and on occassion it can work in elections , “it matters not that you win or lose , but how you play the game .” I say that as I stood for our party in a city council election where Labour would win come rain or shine and I duly came …..last !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adele Morris 24th Jan '16 - 5:36pm

    Tony Greaves – reality check? I have watched this young girl work solidly throughout this by-election, even though she knew she hadn’t a hope of winning. Many young people still hate us after the tuition fees fiasco so let’s be proud and supportive, and not rain on her parade. Yes it’s a long haul back to the top, but we need young and fresh voices like Lauren’s to get us there.

  • Tony Greaves 24th Jan '16 - 7:06pm

    It’s what I said; but my reality check comments are for the whole party. I think we should cheer on everyone who gets stuck in to seats like this, and make progress. But I’m sorry – it does matter whether or not we “win or lose”. All I am saying is that we are in for the long haul. We need people like Lauren to get stuck in, to start the road to victory, and to keep going until we win. And we need to celebrate their progress at every stage.

    And next time we break through, however long it takes locally or even nationally, let’s not cock it up again.

    Tony Greaves

  • As someone who knows the blood, sweat and tears it took to win that ward I understand Tony’s reality check but I wholeheartedly agree with Adele about the calibre of the new generation coming forward in Southwark and in other places. We even have one young person in sleepy old East Hampshire!

    Tony why not invite Lauren for a chat at the House of Lords? Just think, when the centenary of the Community Politics motion is celebrated in 2070 she might be there, leading the way!

  • I did not say it does not matter , I said Kipling said it , and I quoted it to cheer on all of us trying to think of good times ahead , and one persons cock up is anothers vallient effort , there is never a way any of us are ever satisfied with everything , or do I have to quote Lincoln on pleasing all of the people etc ?!!!!!

  • Tony Greaves needs to celebrate a hard won 14%..the party is going to see a lot of 4th 5th and 6th places in May…Being in the game is much more important than winning it.

  • Ed Maxfield 25th Jan '16 - 8:41am

    Tony Greaves can look after himself in a discussion but I really dont think he needs any lectures in being in it for the long haul or coping with elections where we finish 4th or 5th.

    Well done to Lauren for her personal commitment to the campaign – I hope she sticks at it and builds something that will deliver the changes she wants to see.

    The Lib Dems on the other hand need to come up with a strategy to make party relevant again and spinning results like this as a triumph is not it.

  • …………..How is Tony Greaves’s “The increase is great, let’s hope Lauren and the locals keep going, but it’s a long road back in a lot of these places and it will take a lot of hard work and won’t happen quickly.”, raining on anyone’s parade?

    He praises the effort but gives an ‘honest’ appraisal of how far we have fallen and how far we have to go….

    Have we forgotten, so quickly, the false hopes that “She’ll be Right” (tomorrow is Australia day so I’ll borrow that phrase) between 2010 and 2015?

  • “a ward we used to hold”?

    Is Tony Greaves quite right about this? The name is the same but I am sure the boundaries have changed (I got 20% in the eighties in Browning ward which no longer exists, having been, I think, partially subsumed by Faraday ward).

    The place had been absolutely moribund, natural Labour territory, but completely taken for granted by Labour for many decades. Yes we held the area in the 90s but lost it after the boundary changes.

    I really doubt tuition fees ranked as a very high issue for most voters; I would be interested to know what proportion of kids from the Ayelsbury estate have made it into higher education.

  • Ruth Bright 25th Jan '16 - 7:48pm

    Martin – we held Faraday 1994-2002. Despite the boundary changes in community terms it is very much the same ward with the high-rise Aylesbury taking up about half of it.

  • So it was lost long before that wicked Nick Clegg came along and killed the party then- ought to be burned at the stake eh ? even if it was nothing to do with him.

  • Ruth Bright 26th Jan '16 - 8:03pm

    nvelope2003 – who said it was to do with him?!

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