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Letter: Let’s Hear Positive Reasons for Support from the Lib Dems

Published on: 18 Apr, 2019
Updated on: 18 Apr, 2019

From Matthew Smith

Labour party candidate for Friary & St Nicolas in the borough council elections to be held on May 2.

I do wonder where the Lib Dems get their divine powers from. In Westborough, their latest leaflet declares: “Labour are[sic] always a distant third around here and cannot win this time”. While in Friary & St Nicolas it is: “Labour finished a very poor third and are totally out of the race this time”. I wonder how they know so clearly what the result on May 2nd will be? Divine intervention?

I certainly see little evidence of their campaigning while I am pounding the street meeting people and sharing Labour’s message. The impression I get from speaking to people on the doorstep is that they’re fed up with the status quo and ready to vote Labour. This tiresome negativity from the Lib Dems is just the sort of behaviour that people dislike from politicians.

I like to think that Labour has run a very positive campaign so far. We have led on policies and indeed put out a 12-page manifesto detailing them all. We could run a campaign about how the Lib Dems council seats have fallen from 22 to 9 over the past three elections, or how Labour’s vote in the general elections has grown from 2,800 in 2010 to 10,500 in 2017 – while the Lib Dems have slumped from 21,800 to just 13,200.

But actually, we’d rather talk about buses, the town centre, housing and homelessness and creating a greener Guildford.

I say to the Lib Dems, can you stop sending out this misleading, trivial, negative and misguided material. Let’s hear the positive reasons for voting for you, not this nonsense.

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test 2 Responses to Letter: Let’s Hear Positive Reasons for Support from the Lib Dems

  1. Ben Paton Reply

    April 19, 2019 at 7:11 am

    “Misleading, trivial, negative and misguided material” applies to all of the national parties where local matters are concerned. The solution is to vote for an Independent local candidate who will stick up for residents rather than promote national party dogma.

    Ben Paton is a GGG candidate for Effingham in the borough council elections to be held on May 2.

  2. Helena Townsend Reply

    April 20, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I am absolutely disgusted how the Lib Dems have now distanced themselves from the Local Plan at election time when they were so vocally in support a few weeks ago. If anyone is playing political games its this party, you’ve lost my vote this time around.

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