Monday blues for Boris
By Luke Allan
Helen Morgan (newly elected MP for North Shropshire) pops 'Boris' bubble'
With a new week ahead of us, the Prime Minister will be hoping to shake off the by-election defeat, ministerial resignation and No 10 party revelations that have been dominating the headlines.
Last week, we made history. We popped Boris' bubble!
Voters in North Shropshire sent a message to Boris Johnson, and that message was heard loud and clear: the party's over. For over 200 years, North Shropshire had been held by the Conservatives. But we pulled off the impossible and served up an unforgettable defeat for Boris and his party.
The Lib Dem message of the Shropshire constituency being taken for granted and ignored by the Tories resonated with voters and resulted in a 34% swing to the Lib Dems, described by Ed Davey as a "watershed moment in politics".
This win could not have happened without the support provided by many members from across the country, who knocked on doors, delivered leaflets and participated in telephone campaigning. I myself spent Wednesday and Thursday evening on the phone with the friendly voters of North Shropshire and the response was incredible.
We came from third place and overturned a huge majority of over 22,000 votes with a 34% swing. Based on the 2019 General Election results, we would only need a 22.32% swing to beat the Tories' 26,000 majority here in Skipton and Ripon. That being said, I can assure you that I am under no illusion that this will happen overnight, but with our collective determination and voice, we can slowly but surely change hearts and minds in Craven and see a repeat of Chesham & Amersham and North Shropshire in the future.
May 2022 - North Yorkshire Unitary Authority Elections
The next big opportunity that presents itself is the May 2022 elections for the new North Yorkshire Unitary Authority, which will see new Councillors elected to serve one year as County Councillors for the existing North Yorkshire County Council and then will continue for another four years as Councillors for the new authority when it begins in April 2023. (District and Borough Councillors will continue in their current capacity until April 2023.)
This is the biggest shake-up to take place in our democracy for a generation and will impact future generations to come. It is paramount that we get Liberal Democrats elected to ensure a greener, fairer, more caring county country. We can't do this without your support. Will you join us in the New Year? From delivering leaflets to knocking on doors, writing content for our website and literature to standing as a candidate - any support would be greatly appreciated, even if it's a spare hour here and there. If you would like to learn more, or would like to sign up to get involved, please email email@example.com.
People are seeing through Boris Johnson's out of touch Conservative party. Will you join our campaign to get them off the Council and out of Government?
Luke Allan (he/him)
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