David Woodard

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David’s Focus Newsletters for Pegswood Division

by David Woodard on 26 June, 2015

Click on the links below to see the most recent editions of FOCUS October 1st 2019 eFocus Sept 2019 FOCUS on Pegswood Division Summer 2019 FOCUS on Pegswood Division 24th April 2019 eFOCUS October 2018 eFOCUS Spring 2018 FOCUS on Pegswood Division Autumn-2017-eFOCUS May-2017-eFOCUS February-2017-The-Pegswood-Division-FOCUS January-2017-FOCUS-on-Pegswood-Division December-2016-eFOCUS September 2016 FOCUS on Pegswood Division June 2016 […]

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Boris blows with the wind

by David Woodard on 11 January, 2020

The truth is that Boris Johnson blows with the wind. He will do what it takes to win, or to keep, power and adjust his opinions to suit. Like Groucho Marx, his real position is: “These are my principles and if you don’t like them… well I have others.” That makes him open to manipulation, […]

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More post-election thoughts

by David Woodard on 22 December, 2019

The result of the General Election on 12th December was very disappointing for the Lib Dems. They saw their forecast vote share drop from over 20% in the months before the election to 11.5% on election day as our vote was squeezed by Labour and the Conservatives. Because of our rotten voting system that 11.5% […]

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The General Election – my post-election analysis

by David Woodard on 18 December, 2019

It was a disappointing general election for the Liberal Democrats, but that should not obscure the progress that was made. We gained 1.2 million more votes relative to 2017 general election. Our vote share increased by 4.2 per cent, compared with the Conservatives who gained 330,000 votes and increased their vote share by 1.2 per […]

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Right or Left Wing Brexit or a vote to ‘Stop Brexit’?

by David Woodard on 19 November, 2019

There are three Brexit choices available to General Election voters on December 12th. The Tories are offering a ‘Right Wing Brexit’. They recently lost the support of some moderate MPs and then sacked those that didn’t support the party line on Brexit. But, they now have the support of the Brexit Party who have stood down candidates […]

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Lib Dem general election manifesto ready in a few days

by David Woodard on 11 November, 2019

On Friday, the Liberal Democrat general election manifesto was finalised. In a special piece for this blog, Federal Policy Committee Vice Chair Jeremy Hargreaves explains what happened. “On Friday night, I chaired the Federal Policy Committee’s meeting to make the final decisions about our party’s manifesto for the general election on 12 December. It was […]

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50,000 people have joined our party as members so far this year, along with more than 21,000 registered supporters, and there are now 19 Liberal Democrat MPs in the House of Commons. Last night, Heidi Allen announced that she was joining the Liberal Democrats, making her the sixth MP to defect to the Liberal Democrats […]

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How will you vote in a General Election?

by David Woodard on 19 September, 2019

In recent General Elections either Labour or the Conservatives have won the greatest number of seats. They gain from the fact that their support is concentrated in certain areas of the country. The Tories are stronger in the south of England, Labour in the North. Liberal Democrat support is more evenly spread and this results […]

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Boris Johnson has silenced Parliament

by David Woodard on 13 September, 2019

Boris Johnson has silenced Parliament, his ministers question whether they have to obey the law, and now his supporters in the press are attacking the independence of our judiciary. Following the ruling by Scottish judges that ministers had acted unlawfully in suspending Parliament, the Daily Mail went on the attack, criticising one for being part […]

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Parliament and the People must have their say

by David Woodard on 28 August, 2019

Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party have announced that if Britain does not leave the EU on 31st October they will be contesting every seat at the next General Election. The impact of this threat, based on the European election results earlier this year, would be that many Tory MPs would lose their seats.  Boris […]

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Tory County Councillor should resign

by David Woodard on 26 July, 2019

County Councillor Roderick Lawrie lives and works on the Isle of Man. Since his election in May 2017 he has rarely attended Northumberland council meetings and he doesn’t attend parish councils in the Norham and Islandshire electoral division he was elected to represent. Cllr. Lawrie, pictured below, has attended one of the last six full meetings of […]

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