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Thoughts from a LibDem Candidate in LibDem Siberia


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I stood in Ayr West for the LibDems on Thursday. This was the first time the LibDems had stood in the local area since 1992 so there was no pressure.

All my opponents were incredibly nice and we all got on well. In fact, one of my fellow defeated opponents emailed me last night saying that he hoped I would keep going in politics.

I certainly will.

I may have only achieved 2% this time around but that far from sending me packing is making me wanna fight all the more.

I didn’t do nearly enough doorknocking as I would have liked. I managed to do a leaflet drop of 4 of the 6 polling districts with the highest predicted turnouts.

The hustings were a brand new experience and one thing I noticed is that my confidence levels need to increase dramatically if I’m ever to be good at speaking in front of people. I found the hustings very draining but interesting and exciting as well. I met new people and particularly in the Arts & Culture hustings met a group of people who I really want to get more involved with in the future.

I was disappointed with the 127 votes that I received particularly because it was such a long way behind the Independent in 2nd to last place by 422 votes but I live to fight another campaign.

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  1. May 7, 2012 at 15:45

    I think for a seat we’ve not contested since 1992, 127 votes is a good place to start. It’s good to hear your opponents have been cordial and polite, as well – I wish you all the luck in leafleting, recruiting and campaigning your way up the greasy pole.

    • May 7, 2012 at 17:05

      Actually, the ward I was fighting in particular hadn’t been contested by us for a lot longer. In 92, Allan MacBain stood in Prestwick which he stood in again this time around.
      Tim, the problem is in 2010, we were getting 10% of the vote with no campaigning.

  2. Stan Collins
    May 7, 2012 at 18:06

    I agree with Tim, for the first time in yonks it’s a good showing. Keep going between elections. Get to know more of the people and learn their needs – not just what they say they want which is often far less ambitious and demanding than should be.

  3. Angharad
    May 7, 2012 at 21:37

    I stood in a two member ward in which we have no History I took 121 votes and I’m thrilled. I’ve arrived and I’m here to stay I WANT to do better next time and I’m going to work on building up my profile in the ward.

    I also was offerd the chance to defect to Labour so I must have impressed them :)

    I hope we can meet up at conf and compare notes.

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