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)

Comments - 480 Responses on “Lib Dem Candidates”
  1. Lib Dems are ruthless targeters. If a seat is not targeted it puts up a paper candidate. The vast majority of candidates this time round will be paperless, other than, perhaps, the one free delivery every candidate gets from the post. In Scotland it seems that they collect a list of names of people willing to be paper candidates and then somebody in their HQ allocates each candidate to a seat. I think that Local Parties are just happy they have a name on the ballot paper. They’re not terribly bothered who it is. And yes, there are some party stalwarts whose main purpose seems to be to be willing to be paper candidates in hopeless seats. They do it for the cause. Whether they ever visit the seat is a moot point. And, of course, having the elections for the Scottish Parliament gives them even more opportunities for this particular game.
    Talking of lost deposits, what’s the likelihood they will lose them in more than half of the Scottish seats? £500 times 28 = £14,000. That’ll set them back a bit.

  2. I’d hazard a guess that the minimum needed to run a candidate and appear at least superficially serious is in the region of £1,500 – £2,000 per constituency.

    This breaks down at £500 deposit plus £1,000 – £1,500 for a single item of election literature delivered by Royal Mail freepost.

    So, for example, the cost to the Lib Dems of running candidates in 100 no hope seats would be in the region of £150,000 to £200,000. A fair chunk of cash.

    What is at stake is that if the Lib Dems fail to put forward candidates in every UK mainland seat they lose their status as a national political party which people can vote for wherever they live.

  3. “Whether they ever visit the seat is a moot point”

    That’s a new one for me: a candidate who doesn’t even bother to visit the seat they’re standing in.

  4. It probably happens more often than many would think. I think there are often paper candidates who don’t even turn up at the declaration of the seat they’re standing in.

  5. But why should they visit the seat? Their sole purpose is to have a Lib Dem name on the ballot paper. Well, I suppose they might turn up for the count but even that can’t be relied upon. Let’s face it, if you live anywhere near East Dunbartonshire or Edinburgh West that’s where you’ll be spending your time. Not wasting it in Auchenshuggle North. Does anybody seriously think that the Lib Dems will be encouraging candidates in hopeless seats to waste time there when they could be helping to defend a held seat? There are three things which guide Lib Dems when it comes to elections: Target, Target, Target. It was very successful in the last three general elections and it will be what saves many of their seats this time. And, by the way, once they are confident that they are going to hold a seat they encourage people in those seats to go and help somewhere less safe. And I didn’t learn that by reading the tea leaves or sitting in an armchair.

  6. I wonder if that “helping somewhere less safe” was useful in Montgomeryshire, Oxford West, Harrogate, or Hereford last time around…

  7. JohnOgilvie you’re not entirely correct when referring to selections in Scotland. I know that in Glasgow candidates had to apply for individual seats themselves, and a ballot was sent to party members – none were allocated as far as I’m aware.

  8. The very fact that Anthony hasn’t regularly updated the candidates list on this page since the end of last year confirms how difficult it has been since then to discover recent selections.

  9. The new LD candidates page includes most of them:

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

  10. ”LD selections to come:
    Barnsley Central
    Basildon & Billericay
    Batley & Spen
    Bedfordshire South West
    Birmingham Hodge Hill
    Birmingham Perry Barr
    Bishop Auckland
    Bolsover
    Braintree
    Brent Central
    Broxbourne
    Burton
    Castle Point
    Chatham & Aylesford
    Coventry North West
    Daventry
    Dudley South
    Easington
    Edinburgh East
    Epping Forest
    Gedling
    Gravesham
    Great Yarmouth
    Halesowen & Rowley Regis
    Harlow
    Hartlepool
    Hertsmere
    Horsham
    Huddersfield
    Ilford North
    Ilford South
    Lanark & Hamilton East
    Leicester East
    Leicester West
    Loughborough
    Luton North
    Mansfield
    Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East
    Midlothian
    Moray
    Newark
    Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford
    Nottingham South
    Nuneaton
    Paisley & Renfrewshire North
    Rayleigh & Wickford
    Rochford & Southend East
    Rother Valley
    Rushcliffe
    Stafford
    Staffordshire South
    Stoke-on-Trent North
    Stone
    Sunderland Central
    Tamworth
    Telford
    Thurrock
    Walsall North
    Walsall South
    Wansbeck
    Warley
    Warwickshire North
    Waveney
    Wealden
    West Bromwich East
    West Bromwich West
    Worcester
    Wyre Forest”

    I know Andy announced the candidates for Rushcliffe and Leicester West recently, but have any other candidates been selected for the Lib Dems recently in any of these remaining seats? As has been said before by others, a lot of these will probably by now be in place, but because of differing local parties’ respective activity, may take longer than you would think. I must admit, I am somewhat surprised that a few of those are Middle England County Constituencies, surprised they haven’t announced anyone yet TBH.

  11. When I said may take longer than you would think, I meant if a local Lib Dem branch is small and not well-supported being in a weak are for the party, and is short on members, their resultant lack of resources subsequently impacts on said local party’s ability to announce their candidates, particularly if their branch website is rarely updated- Then again, some of the most desolate and shoestring Lib Dem local parties, which in some cases have long since been with neighbouring constituencies because of a sheer lack of members, don’t have websites at all.

  12. They’ve selected in Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford. Sorry to be that nit picker!

  13. Of course yes, Edward McMillan-Scott, the former MEP who was for a long time a member of the Tories. There are others on there besides the three more mentioned who have announced the candidates since I would guess.

  14. Who’s the candidate there?

    I don’t have any other LD selections apart from Daventry which is going to be officially declared in the next few days I understand.

  15. When you say ‘who’s the candidate there?’ I assume you mean Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, and it is indeed Edward McMillan-Scott Andy.

  16. I saw Edward McMillan-Scott on European election day last year, canvassing on Mulehouse Road in Crookes. Out of the entire Yorkshire and the Humber region, the big guns were pointed at that corner of Hallam. Labour took the seat by about 400 votes.

    How the mighty are fallen.

  17. As luck would have it, EMS could actually just about save his deposit in Cooper’s seat, but he’ll be way back in fourth so despite his fairly high profile given his past endeavours, his standing here probably won’t get a great deal of fanfare on the night itself- he’s sadly overshadowed by Cooper in any case I think.

  18. “How the mighty have fallen”

    In terms of seats, even the more dismissive have the Lib Dems down as being more mighty than they or their predecessors were at any time between 1945 and 1992.

    But hey, I wouldn’t dream of standing in the way of nakedly partisan comment.

  19. Thanks TheResults. Has he just been announced as candidate or have did I miss that one ages ago?

  20. You’re welcome Andy. His selection was confirmed on 16th February on the Normanton page by Antiochian.

  21. CH,

    Wasn’t on about the party, was on about EMS going from a long serving MEP to PPC for an unwinnable seat in the space of ten months. If you want non partisanship, you can also say the same of John Prescott going from DPM to losing the PCC election.

  22. Here’s a thought I thought (LOL) I would post here- has anyone ever found it a bit suspicious in general elections whenever a candidate from one of the three main parties (most often the Lib Dems in severely weak areas) don’t declare their return of expenses to the returning officer? This has happened in the odd few seats over the years and is most common in Glasgow for some reason.

  23. A few more Lib Dem candidates have been selected recently-
    1. John Lawson (Batley and Spen)
    2. Giles Goodall (Wealden)
    3. Martin Turner (Dudley South)

  24. And also Jenny Pinkett is candidate for Tamworth yet again-
    http://www.lichfieldlibdems.org.uk/blog/tamworth-parliamentary-candidate-is-jenny-pinkett

  25. The Results – isn’t it an offence not to file a return? I know a lot of paper candidates don’t in the locals, but thought all did in the General? Andy JS – Yes, I know of a few PPCs who weren’t in their seats at the last GE. Some were obvious when the media tried to contact them eg Adam Marsden (Con, Lpool Walton) was standing in a ward in the Locals 10 miles away on the same day so was there. The Bootle Tory PPC lived in London and couldn’t be found, but I think he attended the Count. As The Results says, Scotland has a few examples of Tory and LibDems from England being paper PPCs.

  26. In answer to your question, I would have imagined so yes. It has happened in the past though on multiple occasions however. On the point of paper candidates not actually turning up at the counts, that is extremely widespread and often happens because the local party is non-existent and particularly if it’s in Scotland or Wales a lost deposit is almost certain to materialise. It is definitely very common for English Tories and Lib Dems to be put up to make up the numbers in Scotland.

  27. LD candidates constantly fighting no-hope seats might seem odd but only really in comparison to Labour and the Tories.

    You would be less likely to see an ambitious Tory or Labour candidate moving from non-winnable seat to non-winnable seat time and again, because they would be more likely to find a winnable seat in a shorter time. If you are a Liberal Democrat and really want to enter parliament, there are less opportunities simply because the party has a lot less seats, so a lot less vacancies. So I guess you could either sit and wait for one to come up, or stand in unwinnable ones in the meantime to support the party and get noticed.

  28. On the LD main site 13 new LD candidates are:-

    http://www.libdems.org.uk/list_of_selected_candidates
    (date of web page is 18 March 2015).

    1 Batley and Spen John Lawson
    2 Birmingham Hodge Hill Phil Bennion
    3 EDINBURGH EAST Karen Utting
    4 LANARK and HAMILTON EAST Gregg Cullen
    5 MIDLOTHIAN Aisha Mir
    6 MORAY Jamie Paterson
    7 Newark David Dobbie
    8 PAISLEY and RENFREWSHIRE NORTH James Speirs
    9 Rayleigh and Wickford Mike Pitt
    10 Rother Valley Robert Teal
    11 Sunderland Central Adrian Page
    12 Waveney Stephen Gordon
    13 Wealden Giles Goodall

    BR

  29. A few familiar names in that list. Phil Bennion, Karen Utting, David Dobbie and Mike Pitt have all stood before.

  30. Hector is right. A lot of these Lib Dem paper candidates always stand in hopeless seats because usually the local party can’t find anyone else and there will always be old hands and party stalwarts who are always willing to take one for the party and keep carry on fighting for the cause, regardless of the area and how weak it is for them.

    I think the people who always stand consistently for the party and never have any chance of winning should really be commended for their determination and persistence. I suppose at the end of the day, all the main parties should really stand candidates everywhere, because even if they’re very weak in the area the Lib Dems can still manage at least 5% quite often in wholly unfavourable territory for them.

  31. Still think nearly every constituency will by now have a Lib Dem candidate in place, it merely appears as though a lot of the weaker areas for them are struggling to get the news of their candidate selections out for the reasons I discussed upthread.

  32. They have a full slate here in Wales. UKIP and Plaid Cymru are nearly there as well. It looks as if all 5 main parties will contest every seat here.

  33. That’s interesting actually, especially given several of the Welsh seats are absolutely hopeless for the Lib Dems. Perhaps given the Welsh party are semi-autonomous it is easier for them to select candidates faster than it is in England which is by far larger in any case.

  34. It means some seats could be won with as little as 25% of the vote or even less.

  35. Hypothetically, but the number of seats that could turn into real 4-6 way marginals is very limited. I can’t think of any in Wales.

  36. This list of Lib Dems was given in ‘Another Place’ :-
    “A veritable glut of Lib Dem selections!

    Barnsley Central – David Ridgway
    Birmingham, Perry Barr – Parmjit Singh
    Bishop Auckland – Stephen White
    Bolsover – David Lomax
    Broxbourne – Anthony Rowlands
    Burton – David MacDonald
    Castle Point – Sereena Davey
    Chatham & Aylesford – Thomas Quinton
    Easington – Luke Armstrong
    Epping Forest – Jon Whitehouse
    Gedling – Robert Swift
    Gravesham – Anne-Marie Bunting
    Great Yarmouth – James Joyce
    Halesowen & Rowley Regis – Peter Tyzack
    Hartlepool – Hilary Allen
    Hertsmere – Sophie Bowler
    Ilford South – Ashburn Holder
    Leicester East – Dave Raval
    Loughborough – Steve Coltman
    Luton North – Aroosa Ulzaman
    Mansfield – Tony Rogers
    Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland – Ben Gibson
    North Warwickshire – Alan Beddow
    Nottingham South – Deborah Newton Cook
    Nuneaton – Christina Jebb
    Rochford & Southend East – Peter Gwizdala
    South Staffordshire – Robert Woodthorpe Browne
    South West Bedfordshire – Stephen Rutherford
    Stafford – Keith Miller
    Stoke-on-Trent North – Paul Roberts
    Stone – Martin Lewis
    Walsall North – Nigel Jones
    Walsall South – Joel Kenrick
    Wansbeck – Tom Hancock
    West Bromwich East – Flo Clucas
    West Bromwich West – Karen Hamilton
    Worcester – Federica Smith
    Wyre Forest – Andrew Crick ”

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

    And also Horsham – Morwen Millson from the same web site.
    I make that only 8 LDs to select now, omitting NI.

    BR

  37. Loads of perennial Lib Dem candidates in that list there.

  38. Plus Ashfield, Blake. Not sure if you included that.

  39. No surprise the LDs are still to select in Basildon and Thurrock.

  40. The candidate for barking Lauren Keith has been de-selected and selected for Brent Central.

  41. The Results: One perennial Liberal Democrat candidate who is missing from that list is Jonathan Fryer, on that note. Mr Fryer has stood in Chelsea (1983), Orpington (1987), Leyton (1992), and Poplar and Limehouse (2010). He has also unsuccessfully tried to become a Lib Dem MEP seven times (1979, 1984, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014).

  42. Hmm. Any idea where he might be?

  43. Enough of a big wig to have his own Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Fryer

  44. robert woodthorpe browne gets about a bit. seem to recall him standing in kensington & chelsea in the past.

  45. Of course yes Jonathan Fryer- goodness me, has any other Lib Dem stood for election of any kind on so many occasions unsuccessfully over the years? There’s one other one in England I can think of off the top of my head, and that’s Dr. James Walsh, who has stood numerous times in seats in Sussex since the 70s, at both General and Euro elections. He stood in Arundel three elections in a row at one point.

  46. As for David Ridgway, I’ve lost count of how many times he’s stood for election in the past.

  47. 3 of the winnable seats above have female candidates – Berwick-upon-Tweed, Taunton Deane and Hazel Grove.

    The 8 current female MPs in the Lib Dems are likely to go on May 7th as well, meaning that they will be left with at the most, 3, and if the personal vote in the latter two are lost then it could well be just one woman in the entire party.

  48. There’s the outside chances of a Swinson hold or gains in Watford or Montgomery, none of which you’d bet on but neither are they outside the realms of possibility. I’d be surprised if there was only one female LD left; I think Hazel Grove is the one that will most definitely stop them reaching 0.

    They should really have placed a female candidate in Bath to avoid this issue…

  49. Not many more selections left to be announced now- I would imagine they have candidates for these remaining seats, but it could be another few weeks until we know all their names.

  50. Only Lembit Opik has not been selected yet. You would think that he would have been snapped up before now.

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