Liberal Democrat Candidates

The following seats have selected Lib Dem candidates for the next general election:
Page last updated 29th Dec 2014

Aberavon - Helen Ceri Clarke (Labour majority 11039)
Aberconwy - Victor Babu (Conservative majority 3398, LD in 3rd)
Aldershot - Alan Hilliar (Conservative majority 5586)
Altrincham & Sale West - Jane Brophy (Conservative majority 11595)
Amber Valley - Kate Smith (Conservative majority 536, LD in 3rd)
Angus - Sanjay Samani (SNP majority 3282, LD in 4th)
Ashfield - Jason Zadrozny (Labour majority 192)
Basingstoke - Janice Spalding (Conservative majority 13176)
Bassetlaw - Leon Duveen (Labour majority 8215, LD in 3rd)
Bath - Steve Bradley (Lib Dem majority 11883)
Bedford - Mahmud Henry Rogers (Conservative majority 1353, LD in 3rd)
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Julie Porksen (Lib Dem majority 2690)
Bexhill & Battle - Rachel Sadler (Conservative majority 12880)
Birmingham, Edgbaston - Lee Dargue (Labour majority 1274, LD in 3rd)
Birmingham, Hall Green - Jerry Evans (Labour majority 3799, LD in 3rd)
Birmingham, Northfield - Steve Haynes (Labour majority 2782, LD in 3rd)
Birmingham, Selly Oak - Colin Green (Labour majority 3482, LD in 3rd)
Blyth Valley - Jonathan Wallace (Labour majority 6668)
Bognor Regis & Littlehampton - Francis Oppler (Conservative majority 13063)
Bosworth - Michael Mullaney (Conservative majority 5032)
Brent Central - Ibrahim Taguri (Lib Dem majority 1345)
Brentwood & Ongar - David Kendall (Conservative majority 16921)
Bridgwater & Somerset West - Justine Baker (Conservative majority 9249)
Brighton, Pavilion - Chris Bowers (Green majority 1252, LD in 4th)
Bristol East - Abdul Malik (Labour majority 3722, LD in 3rd)
Bristol North West - Clare Campion-Smith (Conservative majority 3274)
Bristol South - Mark Wright (Labour majority 4734)
Bury North - Richard Baum (Conservative majority 2243, LD in 3rd)
Bury South - Paul Ankers (Labour majority 3292, LD in 3rd)
Bury St Edmunds - Steve Chappell (Conservative majority 12380)
Calder Valley - Alisdair Calder McGregor (Conservative majority 6431, LD in 3rd)
Camborne & Redruth - Julia Goldsworthy (Conservative majority 66)
Canterbury - James Flanagan (Conservative majority 6048)
Cardiff West - Cadan ap Tomos (Labour majority 4751, LD in 3rd)
Chesterfield - Julia Cambridge (Labour majority 549)
Chichester - Andrew Smith (Conservative majority 15877)
Chorley - Stephen Fenn (Labour majority 2593, LD in 3rd)
City of Chester - Bob Thompson (Conservative majority 2583, LD in 3rd)
City of Durham - Craig Martin (Labour majority 3067)
Congleton - Peter Hirst (Conservative majority 7063)
Crewe & Nantwich - Roy Wood (Conservative majority 6046, LD in 3rd)
Croydon Central - James Fearnley (Conservative majority 2879, LD in 3rd)
Derby North - Lucy Care (Labour majority 613, LD in 3rd)
Derby South - Joe Naitta (Labour majority 6122, LD in 3rd)
Derbyshire Dales - Ben Fearn (Conservative majority 13866)
Dover - Sarah Smith (Conservative majority 5274, LD in 3rd)
Dulwich & West Norwood - James Barber (Labour majority 9365)
Ealing Central & Acton - Jon Ball (Conservative majority 3716, LD in 3rd)
East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow - Paul McGarry (Labour majority 14503, LD in 4th)
East Lothian - Ettie Spencer (Labour majority 12258, LD in 3rd)
East Surrey - David Lee (Conservative majority 16874)
Eddisbury - Ian Priestner (Conservative majority 13255)
Edinburgh South - Pramod Subbaraman (Labour majority 316)
Ellesmere Port & Neston - Trish Derraugh (Labour majority 4331, LD in 3rd)
Eltham - Alex Cunliffe (Labour majority 1663, LD in 3rd)
Epsom & Ewell - Steve Gee (Conservative majority 16134)
Erewash - Martin Garnett (Conservative majority 2501, LD in 3rd)
Erith & Thamesmead - Samson Iriajen (Labour majority 5703, LD in 3rd)
Folkestone & Hythe - Lynne Beaumont (Conservative majority 10122)
Garston & Halewood - Anna Martin (Labour majority 16877)
Gloucester - Jeremy Hilton (Conservative majority 2420, LD in 3rd)
Gordon - Christine Jardine (Lib Dem majority 6748)
Grantham & Stamford - Harrish Bisnauthsing (Conservative majority 14826)
Guildford - Kelly-Marie Blundell (Conservative majority 7782)
Hackney North & Stoke Newington - Simon de Deney (Labour majority 14461)
Hackney South & Shoreditch - Ben Mathis (Labour majority 14288)
Halifax - Mohammed Ilyas (Labour majority 1472, LD in 3rd)
Haltemprice & Howden - Carl Minns (Conservative majority 11602)
Hampstead & Kilburn - Maajid Nawaz (Labour majority 42, LD in 3rd)
Harborough - Zuffar Haq (Conservative majority 9797)
Harrogate & Knaresborough - Helen Flynn (Conservative majority 1039)
Harrow East - Ross Barlow (Conservative majority 3403, LD in 3rd)
Harwich & North Essex - Dominic Graham (Conservative majority 11447)
Hastings & Rye - Nick Perry (Conservative majority 1993, LD in 3rd)
Hazel Grove - Lisa Smart (Lib Dem majority 6371)
Hemsworth - Mary Macqueen (Labour majority 9844, LD in 3rd)
Hereford & South Herefordshire - Lucy Hurds (Conservative majority 2481)
Hexham - Jeff Reid (Conservative majority 5788)
Heywood & Middleton - Anthony Smith (Labour majority 5971, LD in 3rd)
Holborn & St Pancras - Jill Fraser (Labour majority 9942)
Hove - Lev Eakins (Conservative majority 1868, LD in 3rd)
Islington North - Julian Gregory (Labour majority 12401)
Islington South & Finsbury - Terry Stacy (Labour majority 3569)
Kenilworth & Southam - Richard Dickson (Conservative majority 12552)
Kingston-upon-Hull North - Mike Ross (Labour majority 641)
Kingston-upon-Hull West & Hessle - Claire Thomas (Labour majority 5742)
Knowsley - Carl Cashman (Labour majority 25686)
Lancashire West - Daniel Lewis (Labour majority 4343, LD in 3rd)
Leeds East - Edward Sanderson (Labour majority 10293, LD in 3rd)
Leeds North East - Aqila Choudhry (Labour majority 4545, LD in 3rd)
Lewisham East - Julia Fletcher (Labour majority 6216)
Lewisham West & Penge - Alex Feakes (Labour majority 5828)
Lewisham, Deptford - Michael Bukola (Labour majority 12499)
Liverpool, Riverside - Paul Childs (Labour majority 14173)
Liverpool, Walton - Pat Moloney (Labour majority 19818)
Liverpool, Wavertree - Leo Evans (Labour majority 7167)
Liverpool, West Derby - Paul Twigger (Labour majority 18467)
Ludlow - Charlotte Barnes (Conservative majority 9749)
Maidenhead - Anthony Hill (Conservative majority 16769)
Maidstone & The Weald - Jasper Gerard (Conservative majority 5889)
Mid Derbyshire - Hilary Jones (Conservative majority 11292, LD in 3rd)
Mid Dorset and North Poole - Vikki Slade (Lib Dem majority 269)
Mid Worcestershire - Margaret Rowley (Conservative majority 15864)
Middlesbrough - Richard Kilpatrick (Labour majority 8689)
Mitcham & Morden - Diana Coman (Labour majority 13666, LD in 3rd)
Mole Valley - Paul Kennedy (Conservative majority 15653)
Monmouth - Veronica German (Conservative majority 10425, LD in 3rd)
Montgomeryshire - Jane Dodds (Conservative majority 1184)
Morecambe & Lunesdale - Matthew Severn (Conservative majority 866, LD in 3rd)
Neath - Clare Bentley (Labour majority 9775, LD in 3rd)
Newbury - Judith Bunting (Conservative majority 12248)
Newcastle upon Tyne Central - Nick Cott (Labour majority 7466)
Newcastle upon Tyne East - Wendy Taylor (Labour majority 4453)
Newport East - Paul Halliday (Labour majority 1650)
Newport West - Ed Townsend (Labour majority 3544, LD in 3rd)
Newton Abbot - Richard Younger-Ross (Conservative majority 523)
North Dorset - Hugo Mieville (Conservative majority 7625)
North East Cambridgeshire - Lucy Netinsgha (Conservative majority 16425)
North East Fife - Tim Brett (Lib Dem majority 9048)
North East Somerset - Wera Hobhouse (Conservative majority 4914, LD in 3rd)
North Somerset - Marcus Kravis (Conservative majority 7862)
North Thanet - George Cunningham (Conservative majority 13528, LD in 3rd)
North Wiltshire - Brian Mathew (Conservative majority 7483)
Northampton North - Angela Paterson (Conservative majority 1936, LD in 3rd)
Northampton South - Sadik Chaudhury (Conservative majority 6004, LD in 3rd)
Norwich North - James Wright (Conservative majority 3901, LD in 3rd)
Nottingham East - Tad Jones (Labour majority 6969)
Nottingham North - Tony Sutton (Labour majority 8138, LD in 3rd)
Oldham East & Saddleworth - Richard Marbrow (Labour majority 103)
Oldham West & Royton - Garth Harkness (Labour majority 9352, LD in 3rd)
Oxford East - Mark Mann (Labour majority 4581)
Oxford West & Abingdon - Layla Moran (Conservative majority 176)
Penrith & The Border - Neil Hughes (Conservative majority 11241)
Pontypridd - Mike Powell (Labour majority 2785)
Poole - Philip Eades (Conservative majority 7541)
Portsmouth North - Darren Sanders (Conservative majority 7289, LD in 3rd)
Portsmouth South - Gerald Vernon-Jackson (Lib Dem majority 5200)
Preston - Jo Barton (Labour majority 7733)
Reading East - Jenny Woods (Conservative majority 7605)
Reading West - Meri O`Connell (Conservative majority 6004, LD in 3rd)
Redcar - Josh Mason (Lib Dem majority 5214)
Ribble Valley - Jackie Pearcey (Conservative majority 14769, LD in 3rd)
Richmond (Yorks) - Chris Foote-Wood (Conservative majority 23336)
Richmond Park - Robin Meltzer (Conservative majority 4091)
Rochdale - Andy Kelly (Labour majority 889)
Romsey & Southampton North - Ben Nicholls (Conservative majority 4156)
Rutland & Melton - Edward Reynolds (Conservative majority 14000)
Saffron Walden - Mike Hibbs (Conservative majority 15242)
Salisbury - Reetendranath Banerji (Conservative majority 5966)
Sevenoaks - Alan Bullion (Conservative majority 17515)
Sheffield Central - Joe Otten (Labour majority 165)
Sheffield South East - Gail Smith (Labour majority 10505)
Sheffield, Brightside & Hillsborough - Jonathan Hartson (Labour majority 13632)
Sheffield, Heeley - Simon Clement-Jones (Labour majority 5807)
Shipley - David Smith (Conservative majority 9944, LD in 3rd)
Shrewsbury & Atcham - Christine Tinker (Conservative majority 7944)
Sittingbourne & Sheppey - Keith Nevols (Conservative majority 12383, LD in 3rd)
Somerton & Frome - David Rendel (Lib Dem majority 1817)
South Cambridgeshire - Sebastian Kindersley (Conservative majority 7838)
South East Cambridgeshire - Jonathan Chatfield (Conservative majority 5946)
South East Cornwall - Phil Hutty (Conservative majority 3220)
South Norfolk - Jacky Howe (Conservative majority 10940)
South Northamptonshire - Scott Collins (Conservative majority 20478)
South Ribble - Sue McGuire (Conservative majority 5554, LD in 3rd)
South Suffolk - Grace Weaver (Conservative majority 8689)
South Thanet - Russ Timpson (Conservative majority 7617, LD in 3rd)
South West Devon - Tom Davies (Conservative majority 15874)
South West Surrey - Patrick Haveron (Conservative majority 16318)
South West Wiltshire - Trevor Carbin (Conservative majority 10367)
Spelthorne - Rosie Shimel (Conservative majority 10019)
St Albans - Sandy Walkington (Conservative majority 2305)
Stockport - Daniel Hawthorne (Labour majority 6784, LD in 3rd)
Stratford-on-Avon - Elizabeth Adams (Conservative majority 11346)
Streatham - Amna Ahmed (Labour majority 3259)
Stroud - Adrian Walker-Smith (Conservative majority 1299, LD in 3rd)
Suffolk Coastal - James Sandbach (Conservative majority 9128)
Surrey Heath - Ann-Marie Barker (Conservative majority 17289)
Swansea East - Amina Jamal (Labour majority 10838)
Swansea West - Chris Holley (Labour majority 504)
Taunton Deane - Rachel Gilmour (Lib Dem majority 3993)
Tewkesbury - Alistair Cameron (Conservative majority 6310)
The Cotswolds - Paul Hodgkinson (Conservative majority 12864)
Thirsk & Malton - Dinah Keal (Conservative majority 11281)
Tiverton & Honiton - Stephen Kearney (Conservative majority 9320)
Totnes - Julian Brazil (Conservative majority 4927)
Tottenham - Turhan Ozen (Labour majority 16931)
Truro & Falmouth - Simon Rix (Conservative majority 435)
Vauxhall - Adrian Trett (Labour majority 10651)
Wakefield - David Smith (Labour majority 1613, LD in 3rd)
Wallasey - Kris Brown (Labour majority 8507, LD in 3rd)
Warrington North - Stefan Krizanac (Labour majority 6771, LD in 3rd)
Warrington South - Bob Barr (Conservative majority 1553, LD in 3rd)
Watford - Dorothy Thornhill (Conservative majority 1425)
West Devon and Torridge - Paula Dolphin (Conservative majority 2957)
West Dorset - Ros Kayes (Conservative majority 3923)
Weston-Super-Mare - Mike Bell (Conservative majority 2691)
Wimbledon - Shas Sheehan (Conservative majority 11408)
Winchester - Jackie Porter (Conservative majority 3048)
Wirral West - Peter Reisdorf (Conservative majority 2436, LD in 3rd)
Woking - Chris Took (Conservative majority 6807)
Wokingham - Clive Jones (Conservative majority 13492)
Worthing East & Shoreham - Jemima Bland (Conservative majority 11105)
Worthing West - Hazel Thorpe (Conservative majority 11729)
Wrexham - Rob Walsh (Labour majority 3658)
Wyre & Preston North - John Potter (Conservative majority 15844)
Wythenshawe & Sale East - William Jones (Labour majority 7575, LD in 3rd)
York Central - Nick Love (Labour majority 6451, LD in 3rd)
York Outer - James Blanchard (Conservative majority 3688)

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  1. I suggested it because the Lib Dems have got close there a number of times over the years but never managed to win the seat- With Chelmsford being a Tory-held seat with split opposition, it will be interesting to see how much Labour might increase, and whether the Lib Dems will stay second and decrease the Conservative majority.

  2. LD Candidates:-

    Newport West Ed Townsend
    Wakefield David Smith

    (see http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates )

    BR

  3. Chris Foote-Wood Lib Dem Candidate for Richmond (Yorks).

    Info main LD web site.

    http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates

    BR

  4. Mike Bell, PPC for Weston-super-Mare, stood down as PPC. So did Sarah Yong (Somerton & Frome), but it looks like she’s already off the list.

  5. James Robert Fearnley selected by LDs in Croydon Central:

    http://www.libdems.org.uk/james_robert_fearnley

  6. LD selections:

    Sheffield SE, Gail Smith.

    Penrith & The Border: Neil Hughes (isn’t this the guy from the 7 Up, 14 Up, etc programmes?)

    Oldham West & Royton: Garth Harkness.

    Kenilworth & Southam: Richard Dickson.

    http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#

  7. Next tranche of Lib Dem selection dates on LD Voice – For September.

    http://www.libdemvoice.org/in-the-next-month-32-seats-will-shortlist-their-wannabe-lib-dem-mps-42222.html

    BR

  8. Lib Dems to hold Watford hustings on Friday, which based on the timetable thus far suggests that the candidate will be selected in mid-to-late October.

    http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/11473662.Lib_Dem_parliamentary_candidates_to_go_head_to_head_in_hustings_debate_on_Friday/

    Somewhat interested by the language used in the article – is it sloppy journalism, or is the author saying that Thornhill still hasn’t decided if she actually wants the nomination?

  9. ChrisHornet, you’re local to Watford – what is it about Dorothy Thornhill which inspires such loyalty? I’ve read her Wikipedia page and it reveals no superpowers.

  10. I was thinking exactly the same earlier today, when I visited the area.

  11. She is personable enough and a decent speaker, but nothing remarkable on either count.

    Firstly the Lib Dems have an above-average baseline level of support here which would vote LD regardless of candidate.

    At the risk of dipping into politically-motivated territory, because I openly admit that I’ll vote for her if she stands, it’s results-based as much as anything else. She is one of the few politicians who has been able to remain most things to most people after holding office for over a decade.

    To her Tory-leaning voters she is someone who, if forced, would choose what spending which is sustainable and most necessary over trying to avoid cuts which are unpopular, and who does not see tax rises as a default option. Also worth noting that even in spite of a central recycling centre closing down a few years back, weekly bin collections remain and are not in serious doubt, and the recycling centre which remains is extremely good.

    To her Green-leaning voters the last part of the previous section applies, as does her intention to reduce the speed limit to 20mph in residential areas and spending on things such as outdoor children’s play areas, Cassiobury park, the top-of-town facelift and pretty good maintenance of urban floura and fauna (cutting back branches, planting flowers where applicable and so forth).

    To her Labour leaning voters the “stronger economy, fairer society” tagline probably applies. It’s impossible to overstate just how bad things got in the last years of Labour control of the town hall, which was probably decisive in her getting in first time around. Those who have not returned to Labour would obviously vote LD over Tory, but wrt Labour they consider someone who is far more inclined to spend than the Tories and has a track record of fiscal competence to be a reasonable alternative to Labour, albeit the trend has been slowly moving towards Labour as their period in control becomes more and more of a distant memory.

    In terms of Westminster it’s hard to say how her vote would hold up relative to another Lib Dem, besides the general cross-party consensus that she would be a more influential voice within her party than Harrington or Ward have been in theirs (albeit both, and Harrington in particular, are viewed as people who do have their ear to the ground on local issues).

  12. And Dorothy Thornhill has now been selected.

  13. Better late than never I guess, although if she had done this in 2010 she would a) have won and b) probably survived the 2015 cull.

    A sign of how bad things have gotten for the Lib Dems nationally is that this could feasibly be their most favourable result in terms of % change from 2010, and yet there’s no guarantee that said change will be an increase.

  14. Here are some pretty dire stats published by Stephen Tall, who is well informed on such matters.. shows only 172 candidates chosen for 650 seats.

    LibDem Parliamentary Candidates standing for 2015 General Election

    Figures valid as of August 2014.

    The total number of candidates currently selected: 172
    Total number of selected women: 43 (25%)
    Total number of selected candidates identifying as Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BAME): 16 (9%)
    Total number of selected candidates identifying as LGBT: 7 (4%)
    Total number of selected candidate who identify as disabled: 2 (1%)
    6 of the 7 candidates replacing retiring MPs in this cycle are from under-represented groups. 4 are women and 2 are from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

  15. Meri O’Connell selected as Lib Dem PPC for Reading West.

    Twitter:
    Jenny Woods ‏@DrJennyWoods Sep 16
    News last night – Meri O’Connell selected as Lib Dem PPC for Reading West. Couldn’t ask for a better running mate! @helenduffett @timfarron

    BR

  16. “A sign of how bad things have gotten for the Lib Dems nationally is that this could feasibly be their most favourable result in terms of % change from 2010, and yet there’s no guarantee that said change will be an increase.”

    An astute observation I’d say. Incredibly she could even win whilst her Parliamentary colleagues are falling all around her.

    If she wins in these circumstances, it’s probably hers for as long as she wants it. Harrington probably the slight favourite to win though, with incumbency and the fact of belonging to a party that is more likely to keep Labour out than Thornhill’s.

    I’m not ruling out Labour’s chances in Watford btw – just that I think Thornhill will pick up less would-be Cons support than would-be Labour support when people are faced with stark choices nationally. That’s not to say Labour won’t have enough support to win in their own right in Watford, although personally I don’t think they will.

  17. Martin Garnett sel as PPC for Erewash (was previous cand in 2010 and previous’es according to media report below).

    Link: http://www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local/lib-dem-candidate-announced-1-6848855?utm_content=bufferb75de&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    BR

  18. Wera Hobhouse selected as Lib Dem PPC for NE Somerset
    Josh Mason chosen as Redcar Lib Dem PPC

    Twitter:
    Jackie Pearcey ‏@jackiepearcey 14h
    Congrats to @Wera_Hobhouse selected as Lib Dem PPC for NE Somerset
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    Ian Swales ‏@iswales Sep 26
    Delighted that Josh Mason chosen as Redcar Lib Dem PPC. He’ll have my full support up to the election and, if elected, afterwards too
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    BR

  19. I make it that all the LD MPs have been either re-selected, or have a ppc in place for GE2015 EXCEPT for Stephen Gilbert (St Austell and Newquay).

    187 LD ppc cands/reslects so far.

    BR

  20. How does that compare to the other parties’ selections/reselections?

  21. @Mr Nameless:

    I make it :-
    Con 316 out of 631 (50%)
    Lab 451 out of 631 (71%)
    LD 187 out of 631 (30%)

    (Con MPs NOT re-selected yet = 117
    Lab MPs NOT re-selected yet = 91
    LD MPs NOT re-selected yet = 1 )

    BR

  22. Richard Baum LD ppc for Bury North.

    Twitter:
    Richard Baum
    @richardbaum
    Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Bury North, but don’t hold that against me. Tweets about the NHS, football, politics, and life with two small kids.

    BR

  23. Alistair Cameron LD PPC for Tewkesbury . (Was cand for LD in 2010)

    Twitter:
    The Breeze @TheBreezeChelt · Sep 29
    NEWS: Alistair Cameron has been selected as the Lib Dem Prospective Candidate for #Tewkesbury for the 2015 Election.

    (Also: Richard Baum in post above, was LD cand in 2010 ).

    BR

  24. I’ll be updating my candidates list at the weekend probably. Difficult to do so at the moment since spreadsheets are rather fiddly to use with a tablet.

  25. Paul Ankers Lib Dem PPC for Bury South.

    Twitter:
    Steve Middleton ‏@SteveMiddleton Sep 29
    Congratulations to @Ankersman who was selected tonight as the Liberal Democrat PPC for Bury South.

    Paul Ankers
    @Ankersman
    Aspiring Writer, looking to publish first novel, ‘Front of House’

    BR

  26. LD selections, Northampton:

    North: Angela Paterson.
    South: Sadik Chaudhury.

    southlincslibdems.org.uk/en/article/2014/912463/lib-dems-announce-parliamentary-candidates-to-fight-for-northampton

    LD, Congleton: Peter Hirst (reselection).

  27. Dominic Graham Lib Dem cand. Harwich & North Essex

    Twitter :-
    Dominic Graham ‏@domcgraham Nov 17
    Delighted to announce I’ve been chosen as Lib Dem PPC for Harwich & North Essex

    BR

  28. According to http://southampton-libdems.org.uk/en/contact
    David Goodall is the candidate for Itchen & David Callaghan is the candidate for Test.

  29. That link seems to suggest David Goodall is candidate for Test not Itchen.

  30. “Penrith & The Border: Neil Hughes (isn’t this the guy from the 7 Up, 14 Up, etc programmes?)”

    Yes – he has been a Lib Dem councillor in Cumbria for quite a while now. Very well regarded.

  31. Looks like their website has changed since 3rd December – no candidate for Itchen, and Adrian Ford is the candidate for Test…

  32. Rachel Gilmour selected for Taunton Deane.

  33. @Sharon: for your 7/12/14 2.03 AM (!!) post on the web site, Adrian Ford is listed as Parliamentary candidate SPOKESMAN. So, perhaps not Candidate?

    I’m leaving Test blank until certainty dawns. (faint hope, I know . . . )

    BR

  34. Steve Beasant Lib Dem cand. for Grimsby :-
    Roy Horobin Lib Dem cand. for Cleethorpes :-

    http://stevebeasant.4mp.org.uk/

    ELATED: Councillor Steve Beasant, left, has been selected as the Liberal Democrat’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Great Grimsby, while his party colleague Roy Horobin, right, will contest the Cleethorpes seat.

    Read more:

    h
    ttp://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Liberal-Democrats-unveil-General-Election/story-25013358-detail/story.html#ixzz3LP6zMoz4

    BR

  35. Nottingham East: Tad Jones
    Nottingham North: Tony Sutton

    Source: http://nottinghamlibdems.org.uk/en/contact

    No candidate yet seems to have been selected for South.

    Tony Sutton stood in South in 2010 and has something of a local profile there, having been a vocal councillor for the Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey ward 2007-11. Jones is Comms Officer for Nottingham City LDs.

  36. It looks like the Liberal Democrat candidate for Blyth Valley is now Philip Latham- http://www.newspostleader.co.uk/news/local/candidate-is-selected-1-7034854

    He previously stood in Hexham in 2001, North Durham in 2005 and Stockton North in 2010.

  37. Two candidates for North Wales seats-
    1. Tudor Jones (Alyn and Deeside)
    2. Tom Rippeth (Delyn)

  38. Birkenhead: Allan Brame
    Blackley & Broughton: Richard Gadsden
    Blackpool North & Cleveleys: Sue Close
    Bolton North East: Steve Rock
    Bootle: Jim Murray
    Copeland: Danny Gallagher
    Lancaster & Fleetwood: Robin Long
    Manchester Central: Pete Wild
    Manchester Gorton: Dave Page
    Pendle: Graham Roach
    Sefton Central: Paula Keaveney
    St Helens North: Denise Aspinall
    St Helens South & Whiston: Brian Spencer
    Stretford & Urmston: Louise Ankers
    Weaver Vale: Mary Di Mauro
    Wirral South: Elizabeth Jewkes
    Workington: Phill Roberts
    Wyre & Preston North: John Potter

    http://www.northwestlibdems.org.uk/2015-candidates/

  39. The very same Allan Brame who stood against David Hunt in Wirral West in 1987. Richard Gadsden previously stood in Worsley and Eccles South in 2010.

    Elizabeth Jewkes- she’s stood in quite a few seats over the years- first Ellesmere Port and Neston in 1992, then Vale of Clwyd in 2005, and then most recently in City of Chester in 2010.

    And that’s the same Mary Di Mauro who contested the Wythenshawe and Sale East byelection in 2012.

  40. Danny Gallagher contested Wyre & Preston North in 2010.

  41. Beverley and Holderness- Denis Healy.

  42. A very late-life defection, The Results?

  43. Ha ha knew the joke was going to be made by someone! If anything for this Denis Healy (Note the completely different spellings of both first name and surname) this seat is much worse for him- He was 641 votes away from defeating Labour’s Diana Johnson last time in Hull North, but the candidate there for May is Mike Ross. Instead, Mr. Healy finds himself in a seat where he might even struggle to keep hold of third place.

  44. “(Note the completely different spellings of both first name and surname)”

    Actually I think the more famous Denis Healey spells his Christian name the same way, though as you say his surname has an extra “e”.

  45. What H. Hemmelig says. It must be a great disadvantage as a politician sharing a name with another more famous politicians. There are almost certainly other John Majors, Michael Howards and Gordon Browns out there. I know there were two Labour MPs called James Callaghan.

  46. As I’ve mentioned before, there’s a Hillingdon Labour councillor called John Major. Although I’ve never met him, I’ve been told that he does an excellent impersonation of his much more famous namesake. We have voters on the register in our constituency called Denis Healey (a Tory), Dennis Skinner (oscillates between don’t know & Labour) & Michael Meacher (solid Labour as it happens), as well as Tom Jones & many others. Mind you, we have many genuine celebrities on our electoral roll.

  47. Can’t recall anything like that in Hallam although I did once canvass the house of a Lee Rigby in Heywood (I did think it might be that one but apparently he was from Middleton).

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