David Woodard

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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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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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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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Crashing out of the EU without a deal is a step closer

by David Woodard on 13 June, 2019

On June 12th Home Secretary Savid Javid launched his bid to be the new prime minister. He admitted that the Conservative government had been incompetent. But – incompetence and indiscipline are not the sole attributes of the Tories – read on! Also on June 12th a vote was taken in the House of Commons on […]

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A message from Vince Cable

by David Woodard on 28 May, 2019

On Sunday night British liberals beat both the Conservatives and the Labour Party for the first time since the days of Lloyd George. We secured second place in a national election, our largest ever group of MEPs, and our best share of the vote in a decade. And whilst the Brexit party may have topped […]

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Labour’s dodgy Brexit voting record

by David Woodard on 9 May, 2019

We have done a little bit of digging on Labour’s Brexit voting record – and it shows they have voted with the Conservatives time and time again. Labour are trying to keep their position on Brexit as vague as possible. Labour has aided the Tories in pushing it through every step of the way. They’re […]

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North Northumberland News

by David Woodard on 9 March, 2019

I have obtained a digital version of the Liberal Democrats tabloid newspaper that residents living in the Berwick upon Tweed constituency have been receiving in their post recently. It highlights the selection of Tom Hancock as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Berwick upon Tweed constituency at the next General Election. It also highlights the […]

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