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I don't have a vote in this one...

...but like a lot of people I'll be watching with interest for the outcome of the selection process for the next Lib Dem candidate in Cambridge, now that David Howarth has announced his intention to return to his academic career (he is a specialist in tort, if that is the right way to put it). Of the six shortlistees (listed here and also here) the only one I know at all is Julie Smith. I know David Howarth rather better since we were actually next door neighbours during my second year, as well as being Lib Dem activists at the same college. David won in 2005 on his third attempt with a majority of 10%, having eaten substantially into both the incumbent Labour MP's vote and into that of the Conservatives who held the seat from 1967 to 1992. Assuming (as seems likely) that the Labour vote tanks, the Lib Dems hold steady and the Tories rise but not dramatically, the seat should be holdable in next year's election

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parrot_knight
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Julie I know from one of her previous lives...
burkesworks
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Belinda Brooks-Gordon would be a superb choice if selected.
rmc28
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
fanf and I have votes in the hustings. We are sorry to see David step down, but so far the field looks promising. There are a number of candidates who I think could hold the seat, and who could inspire me to get out and help campaign. I think the seat is probably holdable but there is no room for complacency, so I'm glad there is a good choice.

Julian Huppert is the only one I know well (we were in a couple of student societies together), but Belinda Brooks-Gordon is one of my councillors and I have met her a couple of times. Earlier today I got around to opening my candidates mailing and probably should encourage Tony to do the same; we can have a think together about what we want to see, and any questions we want to ask at the hustings.
unwholesome_fen
Dec. 20th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of any of them, which bodes ill. I think to keep Cambridge non-Tory they really needed Howarth to stand again. We may be back to a three-way marginal.
sashajwolf
Dec. 21st, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Julie is the only one I know, too. I've generally been impressed with her speeches at Conference.
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