The local election campaign is well under way – a busy time for us all!
I send a big thank you to those standing down this May. You have made a real difference to thousands of people across the country.
A special thank you in particular to Liberal Democrat councillors for everything you are doing in your communities. The Liberal Democrats and the wider Liberal Democrat local government family salutes you and your hard work.
These elections are unlike any others we have ever fought, coronavirus has seen to that. We are campaigning in challenging times, and I know we are doing it in a safe way with the help of the LGA’s and Electoral Commission’s guidance.
“We are campaigning in challenging times, and I know we are doing it in a safe way”
One thing we all know is that local government has been at the forefront of the battle. We will be judged on our record of delivering for communities and our record as residents’ champions, something I am proud of.
As I write, it’s just been confirmed there are many more Liberal Democrat candidates standing now than when these seats were last contested. This is great news and a vote of confidence in the ‘Be a Councillor’ work that the LGA supports.
Our local elections campaign was launched by Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP in Watford. It was great to hear him highlighting the hard work and achievements of Liberal Democrat-run councils across the country, from Eastbourne and Lewes to South Lakeland, and Three Rivers to Teignbridge.
We have a fantastic record of delivery.
It was also great to see the work of Liberal Democrat councils and councillors highlighted in our party political broadcast.
We have so much to be proud of, from delivering thousands of new, affordable homes and being at the forefront of the COVID-19 response in our communities to delivering record recycling rates and supporting local businesses at this challenging time.
We look forward to welcoming many more Liberal Democrat councillors to the local government family and wish all those re-standing this May the best of luck.
Remember, it is not over until the polls close at 10pm!