Why the Liberal Democrats need to break onto new councils
In 2013, the City of London Corporation elections returned 100 Independent Councillors. As of last night, the City of London Corporation has two party groups for the first time — three if you count the Independents — as the Labour Party and Temple and Farringdon Together went from 0 to 5 and 10 seats respectively.
This does still mean, however, that the Independents are far and away the largest group on the Corporation but this is a fairly big breakthrough on a very council and for two parties. The Liberal Democrats should be seeking to get a slice of this action — for two reasons. One, Liberal Democrat Expand firmly believe that we need to have political representation everywhere in the country to make the difference in people’s lives. A difference that we simply cannot make when we do not win or, even worse, when we do not contest elections. Second, our anti-Brexit policy would resonate very strongly within the City of London electorate, and we need to grasp every opportunity we have to get our message across and tell the media we are going nowhere.
We know that we have had Liberal Democrat members stand — and win — for the City of London Corporation in the past. Now Labour and Temple and Farringdon Together have set a precedent, it is time for us to make our mark too.
With that, we want to throw down the gauntlet and make two challenges — and we want to hear from you:
- To the London Liberal Democrats — what will we do to prepare to fight by-elections and form the first ever City of London Liberal Democrat Council Group?
- Everybody else — what is stopping you fielding candidates for that town or parish council?
By Kevin McNamara.