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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Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, says

by David Woodard on 18 September, 2020

“Oven ready”. That was what Boris Johnson claimed his Brexit deal was back in December. And yet, this week we have seen the utterly farcical situation of the same Tory MPs who were told in December that they had to vote for the Withdrawal Agreement being told they have to vote against it. Even worse, […]

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Voters have had enough of an unelected House of Lords

by David Woodard on 12 September, 2020

Last week, the first of the Prime Minister’s 36 new appointments to the unelected House of Lords began to take their seats. They did so at a time of growing public outrage at the state of the second chamber. When Boris Johnson handed his brother a peerage in July – a job for life at […]

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Our elections watchdog needs strengthening, not scrapping

by David Woodard on 12 September, 2020

You would think that given the rising tide of disinformation, dodgy donations and dark ads online, the government might be getting serious about empowering our elections watchdog. Instead, the Conservative Party has issued a call to abolish our regulator, the Electoral Commission. The Electoral Commission remit is broadly to promote public confidence and participation in […]

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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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