Thank you to everybody who voted for Helen Morgan on the 12th of December in the 2019 General Election.
Locally we outperformed the national result, the West Midlands regional result and the result in strongly Leave seats. Helen’s vote went up by 4.7% – the largest increase in vote share compared to 2017 for any party in North Shropshire. This was our biggest campaign in a long time. Whilst, the national picture wasn’t great for us – 3 weeks before polling day we were looking at a much better result and aiming to take second place – we held our own and made solid progress in target areas. Owen Paterson’s vote share rose modestly whilst Labour’s collapsed.
Nationally the party saw a disappointing result despite seeing a 4.2% increase in vote share and gaining an extra 1.3 million votes compared to 2017. The Conservatives gained 0.3 million votes and Labour lost 2.6 million votes. Yet in seat terms, the Liberal Democrats lost 1 seat, the Conservatives gained 47 seats and Labour lost 59 seats. Turnout was 67.3%, slightly lower than the last election in 2017. The shows clearly the distortion in seats that First Past the post produces. Under a fair voting system, the Liberal Democrats would have gained upwards of 70 seats. Just one of many reasons why the Liberal Democrats have consistently campaigned for electoral reform over the decades. https://www.libdems.org.uk/lder
Helen Morgan, North Shropshire Lib Dems PPC condemns plan to Prorogue Parliament.
‘I am angry and dismayed at the Government’s decision to prevent Parliamentary debate for five weeks in October. The United Kingdom faces its greatest crisis since 1945, and eight weeks before a disastrous crash-out Brexit, the Government is tying Parliament’s hands, hell-bent on driving this country over a cliff-edge.
‘To suggest that this closure is just a few additional days after the conference recess is simply not true. Parliament decides for itself whether it will have a recess, and it was becoming increasingly likely that it would be cancelled. The debate over the summer has focussed on the possibilities of using this arcane mechanism to force a crash-out Brexit, and this is clearly a cynical attempt to achieve just that.
‘The British Constitution is based on precedent and has relied for hundreds of years on the decency of the government not to abuse the accepted principles of a sovereign Parliament. Boris Johnson has proved his disrespect for the institution by trampling on these principles. He sets a dangerous precedent. If this goes ahead, any future minority government could simply close the doors of Parliament to push through unacceptable legislation.
‘Furthermore, on Sunday morning, Michael Gove refused to confirm that the Government would abide by any legislation passed by Parliament in the coming week. This is a truly unacceptable state of affairs, in which a referendum result of over three years ago, procured by lies and corruption, is used to justify the elimination of Parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom.
‘On Friday afternoon, I spoke to a large rally in Shrewsbury to voice my opposition to the prorogation. The Liberal Democrats will continue to fight these developments, and fight to uphold the sovereignty of Parliament in the UK.’