Dorset Lib Dems are fighting back


29 local by-election seats gained, a parliamentary by-election won and 20,000 new members, the Lib Dems are fighting back.

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The Liberal Democrat Fightback is well underway.

Last year, the Lib Dems gained 29 local council seats in by-elections.

Here in Dorset, Lib Dem Vikki Slade scooped nearly 70% of the vote in the Broadstone by-election making it one of the largest gains of the year nationally. 

Vikki_website.jpgShe was elected for her strong record of fighting for local people having campaigned for community safety projects, protecting local bus services and maintaining Broadstone's green spaces.

She said: "It just goes to show that voters are disillusioned with the other main parties. As Lib Dems we pride ourselves on fighting for our local communities all year round, not just at elections."

Further success for the Lib Dems in Dorset include gaining the County Council seat of Sherborne Rural from the Conservatives in a by-election last June, and coming close in the District by-elections of Alderholt and Blandford Hilltop where they missed out by just a handful of votes.

In last year's parliamentary by-elections, the Lib Dems secured 30% of the vote in Witney following David Cameron's resignation and then went on to win, against all odds, in Richmond Park in December.

Lib Dem Leader, Tim Farron said: "These results are another sign of how the party's fightback is gathering momentum across the country. It is also a huge testament to the hard work and skill of our candidates and activists.

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"With our country facing huge challenges - from inequality and injustice, to an NHS in crisis and an economy in jeopardy - we are left with a reckless, divisive and uncaring Conservative Government and Labour fighting among themselves with no plan for the economy or the country.

"Only the Liberal Democrats have a plan on Brexit, are talking about proper funding for the NHS and are working to deal with the housing crisis.

"That's why the Liberal Democrats are needed more than ever. We are the real voice of opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united."

The Lib Dems have also gained 20,000 members since Brexit and 400 Labour supporters have joined since Jeremy Corbyn's re-election.

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