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East of England Liberal Democrats

Thank you St. John’s!

September 8, 2017 2:29 PM
By Edward Packard in First published on https://edpackard.wordpress.com
Originally published by Ipswich Liberal Democrats

I'd like to thank all of the voters who turned out to vote for me yesterday, or who sent in postal vote for me - I'm sorry I couldn't push Labour and the Conservatives a bit harder, but I will continue to fight for a more liberal Ipswich.

Congratulations to Sarah Adams (Labour), the new County Councillor for St. John's, and thanks to Sarah and James (Conservative) for the decent spirit in which the by-election was contested. Residents certainly appreciated having different parties out and about in the Division.

Thanks to all the Council staff who ran the count last night - it all went very smoothly and we got home on the stroke of midnight.

Finally, thanks to everyone who helped my campaign: especially Trevor Powell, my election agent; Cathy French and Oliver Holmes, who organised canvassing; Inga and Tim Lockington; Maureen Haaker, and all the Lib Dems in Ipswich and further afield who helped in one way or another.

I think we can be pleased with the following:

  1. We doubled the Lib Dem share of the vote in St. John's compared to May's County Council election.
  2. While the Tory and Green vote collapsed in this by-election, and Labour received 136 fewer votes than in May, the Lib Dems were the only party to increase our number of votes, picking up eighty more, despite a lower turnout overall.
  3. We slashed the distance between ourselves and the Conservatives in St. John's - we are now only 14% behind the Tories, compared to 27% in May.

I am especially pleased with (and proud of) the positive nature of our campaign, and I will take a lot away from the meaningful conversations that I had on the doorstep. Thank you, St. John's!


Ed Packard and team