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Notes from the writer/LibDem parliamentary candidate for Somerton & Frome

Election Day +5: Thank You

with 4 comments

So, that’s that then, and we’re on the brink of a new government being formed – it looks like (despite the efforts of the Tory press) enough people voted Lib Dem to give us influence and temper toxic Tory tendencies.

For my part, I was squeezed in Westminster North but pleased that the winner was a woman with integrity who genuinely cares for her constituents. We tried hard to focus our efforts on getting a council seat – we didn’t manage this but we beat Labour into a distant 3rd and narrowed the gap on the Tories.

I’d like to use my final “Election Day” blog to thank all the members, supporters and voters – and to list some of the tributes to our campaign below:

“Well done on a great campaign (best ever in these parts I think)” – senior party strategist.

“I just wanted to tell you that whatever happens today I think you’ve fought a brilliant campaign” – phone call on polling day from anonymous voter.

“Mark, I really admire the job that you locally and your leader nationally have done” – blog post

“Mark Blackburn made a stonking speech tonight: ‘Let’s no longer pander to the politics of fear’ ” – a fellow LibDem candidate

“Your votes were EXCELLENT. Please keep working over the next four years” – another LibDem candidate

“I am so impressed by your work and energy – and if I lived in Westminster North might even be tempted to vote for you” – a Labour Party supporter

“Awesome!” – a new member

I’m not just posting all this for my own benefit (though it is heartening to read!) but as a tribute to all of you who helped in this campaign. Thank you all. And so that’s it for now – but I’ll be back – whether it’s five months or five years!

Goodbye for now,



Written by markblackburn

May 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

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  1. Mark,
    Nice to see you sign off on such a positive note.
    I was wondering / hoping you might do so. Congratulations on the all the feedback.
    Well done, keep going.

    mike ormsby

    May 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm

  2. Hi there Mark
    So pleased that at least the Tories did not gain Westminster North, and on a side note, as a candidate in Church Street Ward, we got rid of the Tory who won the by-election!
    So what are the plans now for LibDems in Westminster North and the City?

    Chris Hall

    May 18, 2010 at 11:46 am

    • Hi Chris, good to hear from you.
      The future for Westminster Lib Dems is all to be decided at an exec mtg this very evening, but I suspect we will continue to concentrate on our target wards in each constituency with a view to winning council seats in the 2014 elections.


      May 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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