You’ll want to get to Sheffield this weekend….

Absolutely nobody would grudge Jane Dodds, our newly elected MP for Brecon and Radnorshire a weekend off.

After all, she has just been through a gruelling by-election campaign.

When I was down there three weeks ago, she had a very strong sense that people were coming to help her and she needed to return that favour.

Nobody expected her to be doing it quite so soon, though.

Since the Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam said he was stepping down in September, Laura has been stepping up her campaign activity.

Jane is repaying the huge effort Sheffield put in to her win. Laura went to Brecon several times as did local party chair John Dryden to whom I am eternally grateful for the lift back from the Lib Dem Pint in Brecon. I wouldn’t have been able to go otherwise.

I will be going down to Sheffield after my Summer holiday and I suspect more Scots will head there after the next big test – the Shetland by-election on August 29th. Getting Beatrice Wishart elected as MSP is really important. I’m not going to get there but I’ve done some stuff from down here and donated more than I dare tell my husband.

We have the chance to elect two more absolutely amazing women to Holyrood and Westminster in the next few weeks. Let’s make sure we do all we can to get them there.


* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • and we will want to stay up for the Worcester Claines ward result tonight, will tell us a lot about whether there is a Conservative recovery or if we have a bounce from Brecon. On paper we can win by squeezing Greens and Labour.

  • Jane Dodds came this week ( while in London for MP induction) to a Haringey, North London meeting. She thanked the 50+ activists for support in Brecon + passed on some campaign tips. The quickly arranged visit went down REALLY well, thankyou Jane for saying thankyou 🙂

  • Theakes: indeed. Con are helped by absence of BXP and by the fact that the Lab vote has already crumbled in recent years leaving less to squeeze. I am surprised we haven’t reached an arrangement with the Greens, there’s another ward in Worcester which would be much easier for them if we were to step aside.
    We currently have no councillors on Worcester City and results in most of the other wards are quite poor, so this would be really good news if we could pull it off, and be a great encouragement to the local party too.

  • Well … you have your answer Lib Dem GAIN from Conservatives in Worcester … labour vote collapse, BUT con up a bit , Lib Dem up even more 🙂 🙂

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