LibDems confident for Somerton & Frome

Following a plea from Labour to stand their candidate down, Somerton & Frome LibDems have come out fighting. In a response sent to The Leveller® last night The LibDems say they are very much in the running. Their candidate, Adam Boyden, has handed in his nomination papers meaning their will be candidates from Conservative Green, Labour and LibDem parties in the constituencies.

They told us “Adam ….. is gaining support from people of all political persuasions, including supporters of the Labour Party, who having looked at the cold hard facts know he’s best placed to win. A quick check of the tactical voting sites will confirm this.

Pointing out that having been a LibDem seat for 4 General elections up to 2015 and a Conservative seat for just 4 years, the LibDems see this very much as a target seat to retake. Taking a swipe at the candidates records in local government they say “Adam also has a  track record of action as a councillor, unlike the Labour candidate who failed to get himself elected to the council in May.

The full statement from the LibDems is as follows:

For 18 years we had a strong liberal voice in our area in David Heath. While it has been held by the Conservatives for the last 4 years, Adam is running a strong campaign to take the seat back for the Lib Dems.

Adam is out talking to local people across the constituency and is gaining support from people of all political persuasions, including supporters of the Labour Party, who having looked at the cold hard facts know he’s best placed to win. A quick check of the tactical voting sites will confirm this.

Adam also has a  track record of action as a councillor, unlike the Labour candidate who failed to get himself elected to the council in May.

Today’s press release is a desperate and frankly pathetic attempt for a headline. Somerton & Frome is not part of the Unite to Remain deal as Seán well knows and he had his opportunity to have a discussion with Adam several months ago. Unfortunately he chose to talk at that point, so to get hysterical during a General Election is pointless. Interesting how Labour are very good at demanding Lib Dems stand aside but remarkably bad at actually doing so where it would make a difference. If he wants to ensure the Conservatives don’t win, he can step down from third place. Otherwise it’s game on.

 

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  • The simple fact is that since 2010 the LibDem vote here has more than halved and the Labour vote has more than trebled. Last time we were within 4% of their vote and this time we hope to overhaul them. It is amusing to to have my experience questioned by someone who hasn’t been involved in a General Election here before and whose literature and tactics so far have been so characterised by inexperience and inaccuracy. The “data” he published in his first leaflet included a link to its originating provider saying that it could not and should not be used in the way that he used it. Schoolboy error some might say.

    If you are going to start using words like “hysterical” and “pathetic” I always think they reflect on the user more than the target. In many ways they confirm what i have said above. The “opportunity to discuss” he refers to is unknown to me. The one and only time i have had any substantive discussion with Adam was within the last two weeks. That Somerton and Frome are not part of the Unite to Remain deal is because he and his chairman dug their heels in as previously covered in other articles in this fine paper. If he wishes to publish the correspondence and call logs that covers this and invite the Greens to to the same I’m sure that would clarify the whole matter. As he knows it is Labour party policy to avoid the rancour that now exists between him and the Greens by not entertaining such arrangements. In the past the Libdems have been past masters at appealing for people to step aside, this in spite of full knowledge of our “no pacts” policy. It is past ironic to see them hoist by their own petard.

    Game on it is but i would be very surprised if this matter doesn’t crop up in the hustings unless of course Adam sees the wisdom of explaining exactly what offers were made, when, and by whom, and what was the Somerton and Frome LibDem rationale in going against the national party line. No statement has yet been given on this. All they have confirmed is that they didn’t take part in the end. I respectfully suggest that he prepares a spoken and fulsome answer to this for the hustings. its the sort of thing people are going to want to know…

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