Local Lib Dem activists have been helping the fightback on a national level, travelling down south to canvass, deliver leaflets, stuff envelopes and many other things, to help increase the number of members of parliament who stand up for liberal values. On December 1st, our efforts paid off, as Sarah Olney was elected in Richmond Park, with a 21.73% swing!
In October, David Cameron's "safe" seat was up for re-election, but the party put up an admirable fight, with our candidate Liz Leffman. We came second, but we gained a 19.3% swing from the Conservatives, the biggest by-election swing to the Lib Dems since 1997’s Winchester by-election!
That was until the Richmond Park by-election, triggered by Zac Goldsmith's resignation from the Conservative party, over the Heathrow Airport decision. This was a seat that was Lib Dem held until 2010 and the residents were not too pleased with Goldsmith's recent mayoral campaign and Brexit vote, ensuring we had a very good chance - and indeed we did, winning the seat and bringing our total number of MPs to 9.
Now we hope to put the skills our activists have been learning and improving to use in South West Birmingham too!