The Liberal Democrats have shown they are in good shape in Lichfield and Burntwood, the party’s General Election candidate has said.

Cllr Paul Ray finished third in the vote behind the Conservatives and Labour.

But the party saw its share of the vote climb from 5% two years ago to around 10% this time.

And for Cllr Ray, the result shows the party is developing a groundswell of local support.

“The Lib Dems got 10% of the vote in the Lichfield constituency on what was a difficult night [for the party nationally].

“We have taken a real step forward in 2019 with the election of seven new councillors in Lichfield and Burntwood at the local elections in May.

“The local party is in very good shape.”

Cllr Paul Ray

Full results for the Lichfield consitituency at the 2019 General Election:

  • Michael Fabricant (Conservatives) – 34,844
  • John Madden (Independent) – 568
  • Andrea Muckley (Green Party) – 1,743
  • Paul Ray (Lib Dems) – 5,632
  • Dave Robertson (Labour) – 11,206


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2 replies on “Candidate says Lichfield and Burntwood Lib Dems are in "good shape" after General Election result”

  1. Darryl, thank you for putting me right on the number of votes for the Greens and Brexit parties. Yes you are correct in thinking the voting in the election was distorted by tactical considerations. That is why any generalisations drawn from the result (e.g. ‘more votes for remain parties than leave parties’) are not reliable. I do, however, stick to my thoughts that future parties might include re-joining as part of their manifesto. I am happy to see that democracy regarding the referendum will have been served and we can move on. The breakdown on a proportional representation basis would have produced another hung parliament and the chaos that goes with it. It needs a system that can still produce governing parties but still offers representation for the minor ones.
    Lastly, while we might see many situations differently, I feel sure we have the general good at heart. Seasons greetings to you and other contributors and, of course, Ross and his staff. I look forward to resumed debate in 2020.

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