Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Stephen Lloyd Regails the Kettners Lunch

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 16th March, 2011

One of the most heartening results of the May 2010 General Election was the Liberal Democrats’ capture of Eastbourne, after long years of trying. The new MP, Stephen Lloyd, had fortunately had enough experience of he world not to be fazed by the grandeur of the House of Commons and once the Coalition Agreement had been signed, realised that both he individually and the LibDems as a party would be in for a bumpy ride for a while. Moreover, as Stephen made clear in a speech to the Kettners Lunch Club today at the National Liberal Club, until one gets elected as an MP, politics can be an expensive business, not only in terms of money but also regarding one’s personal life. It demands a great deal of self-sacrifice. However, in Eastbourne he has had the advantage of a strong local team of helpers, as well as a well-run LibDem Council. He believes the party will retain control of Eastbourne at the local elections in May and probably should do quite well across parts of the country where the Conservatives are the main opponents. What the next general election will bring will depend entirely on how successfully the Coalition has delivered on its promises to get Britain’s finances in shape, though of course the introduction of AV — assuming the referendum delivers a ‘Yes’ vote — could produce some very interesting results.

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