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Outcome was positive in Worksop and Retford

May 14, 2012 10:48 AM
By Letter from Leon Duveen in Worksop Guardian
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Leon DuveenOn behalf of Mark Hunter, our candidate in East Retford East and myself, who stood in Worksop South, can I thank all the people who voted for us in the elections last week.

Although we didn't win in either of the wards we achieved creditable results, especially when you consider the size of our party locally compared to the Tories & Labour. Indeed in Worksop South, I managed to more than double the Lib Dem share of the vote.

The other notable fact that came out of the election is that both the wards we stood in the turn outs were higher than the average in Retford & Worksop respectively. This shows how important to a healthy local democracy it is to have third option for voters. It was also notable how hard both these parties had to work in the ward I contested, especially compared to neighbouring wards.

Even though many in the Labour Party were expressing concerns about our future, Bassetlaw Liberal Democrats are committed to carry on fighting for the ordinary people of the district and will be here, working for you and fighting elections in the years to come.

Our relative success this year has encouraged us to look forward to the county elections next year. We will also keep up the pressure on both Bassetlaw District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council to make sure Worksop gets the bus station it deserves and to bring town councils to both Worksop and Retford.

Leon Duveen

Bassetlaw & Sherwood Liberal Democrat Campaigner