by Owen Temple on 10 June, 2017
Thank you to all those of you (3,398 in North West Durham) who voted Liberal Democrat in Thursday’s election, and to all those of you who would have done so had you not decided that we were not going to win in North West Durham, and it was therefore more important to you to stop the Conservative or Labour candidate winning than to express your true preference.
We have just experienced an extremely divisive year in British politics, and it appears that many people have reached for the comfort of a return to straightforward “two party politics”, or possibly just felt driven to it by an electoral system that means that your vote only counts if you vote for the winner in your particular electoral area.
The Liberal Democrats continue to believe that no other party truly represents the open, tolerant, united principles enshrined in our constitution which requires us to work to ensure that no-one is enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. That’s why will will never give up.
Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to present that case.