At Liberal Democrat Expand, we think that all Local Parties – no matter what their size, capacity or objectives – should always aim to field a full slate of candidates. The news from Newbury and West Berkshire Local Party are a really good example of that.
A quadruple by-election was triggered to Greenham Parish Council as a result of resignations. In response to this, the Local Party found four candidates. I will let the first line of their press release speak for itself: “Four of our members have this week been elected unopposed to Greenham Parish Council.”
On the same day of the Fife by-election, where we failed to stand a candidate, we elected four new councillors just by making sure their names were on the ballot paper.
As an added bonus, of the four candidates elected, one was a woman and one from an ethnic minority group, showing that often all that is needed is a proactive attitude to get diverse individuals elected.
Originally posted 31 August 2016.