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LDVideo: Liz Leffman: Come and help my campaign to save Oxfordshire’s NHS & bus services

September 29, 2016 9:53 AM
By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

Liz LeffmanI spent Monday and Tuesday in Witney helping Liz Leffman's campaign. If it is at all possible for you to go there between now and the by-election on 20th October, please do so. You will be worked hard - 10,000 steps a day before lunch, I found - but it is so rewarding. We are already out-campaigning both Conservative and Labour parties on the ground and there will be no let up in our activity. We really need to keep ahead of them both.

Liz is an amazing candidate. She combines a passion for the area, an anger against the neglect of the NHS and the scrapping of local bus services and what that means for people's lives with such authority, serenity and real warmth. It is very early in the campaign for this to be happening, but people stopped us in the street and said they were voting for her - outside her own council ward. In her own council ward, she is hugely popular. She got pretty much two thirds of the vote there in May.

I spent yesterday canvassing in the village of Eynsham with Liz and her team. I was surprised by the warmth of the reception we got on the doorstep. I do feel for the poor people who had come back from a two week holiday and found themselves in the thick of a by-election at full pelt.

The campaign has a really good feel about it so I would strongly urge you to go and help. If you can't get there physically make phone calls. I don't like telephone canvassing either. Actually, it's the thought I don't like, but once I get started, I'm fine.

It's worth remembering, too, that the County Council elections are next year and a good result in the by-election could also leave a legacy of a stronger local government base in future years.

Whatever you are able to do you can sign up here and someone from the campaign will be in touch.

Events prevent me from telling you more of my adventures in Witney right now, but they will be coming over the next few days.

However, I'll leave you with this just now. I sat down with Liz and recorded an interview with her yesterday morning - and she also recorded this video about her campaign priorities and inviting you to go and help. Yes, that's you she's talking to.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings