May Update from Beverley
We are all working really hard now in the final push to the local elections this week on Thursday 3rd May. Everywhere around the country I am seeing more Liberal Democrat golden triangles and it is heartening that this result has been solidly reflected in local election results to date which are showing overwhelming gains for Lib Dems:
In the West Midlands we are fielding 211 candidates in the Metropolitan local elections and nationwide the number of Liberal Democrat candidates has never been higher.
- Birmingham - 101 Candidates
- Sutton Coldfield (Town) - 4 Candidates
- Coventry - 10 Candidates
- Dudley - 13 Candidates
- Newcastle under Lyme - 14 Candidates
- Redditch - 6 Candidates
- Rugby - 8 Candidates
- Sandwell - 2 Candidates
- Solihull - 10 Candidates
- Tamworth - 1 Candidate
- Walsall - 9 Candidates
- Wolverhampton - 15 Candidates
- Worcester - 8 Candidates
- Wyre Forest - 10 Candidates
Total - 211 Candidates
I have been out and about enjoying 'doing my bit' and meeting our excellent candidates - leafleting in Kidderminster to support our highly experienced Councillor Fran Oborski, canvassing in Newcastle Under Lyme with the excellent Cllr Marion Reddish and Chair Nigel Jones, leafleting with our long serving Cllr Ian Shires in Walsall, who's been working in coalition with Labour, and his great team - good luck to them as they are targeting two new seats there, leafleting for our wonderful Birmingham candidates, including Izzy Knowles and David Farrow in Moseley where we are targeting new Council seats, our youngest candidates Sophie Thornton and Jake Calcutt in Birmingham Bournbrook and Selly Park and in Solihull where we are very grateful to Cllr Martin Hewings who is stepping down after 8 years.
Your support in the run up to the election continues to be vital and is needed wherever and whenever possible. If you are interested in taking part then click here to view ongoing activity and how you can join in.
A very sincere good luck to all our candidates and I wholeheartedly hope these upcoming results will motivate us as we enter early May and start planning for the next round of locals next year! Following that we have Combined Authority elections for our Mayor in 2020 and if the government survives the next general election is tabled for 2022.
So onwards and upwards - join us to move forward the strong voice of radical moderatism in England, of fair, open, tolerant politics, welcoming of our diverse communities and widespread talent that helps to make this the great country it is and one we are all very proud of.
Chair, West Midlands Liberal Democrats