Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

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LibDems Must Fight Leicester South Hard

Posted by jonathanfryer on Saturday, 5th March, 2011

As was widely expected, Sir Peter Soulsby was today selected as Labour’s candidate in the forthcoming mayoral elections in Leicester — a position which he must have a strong chance of winning, as he has been MP for Leicester South for the past six years, was a leading city councillor for years and Labour is riding high in the polls. But if the name Leicester South rings bells in the public’s minds it is probably because in 2004 there was another by-election in that constituency, which was won by the Liberal Democrat candidate Parmjit Gill, who certainly benefited from the anger at Tony Blair’s taking Britain into the Iraq War. He failed to hold the seat at the general election less than a year later, but that should not dissuade the Liberal Democrats from taking this by-election seriously. In other words, fighting it hard, not putting up a token campaign (despite having an excellent candidate in Dominic Carman) at Barnsley Central. As was shown at Oldham East and Saddleworth in January, the party can perform extremely well, even in the current climate. This opportunity must not be missed, not least to show the media that the LibDems are not a busted flush, as Labour is spinning.

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