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The consequences of tactical voting in Ipswich

December 18, 2019 10:19 AM

A personal view by Trevor Powell

With our first past the post voting system there were calls by some for Liberal Democrats to vote Labour in Ipswich to keep the Conservatives out. Clearly this came nowhere near to succeeding with the Conservatives getting a majority of over 5,000 even with many Liberal Democrat supporters voting Labour. The main consequence was that we lost our deposit by just 40 votes. The loss of £500 is not insignificant for a local party of our size.That sum would be enough for us to run a campaign in an extra ward in the Borough Council elections in May.

Those members who not only voted Labour but publicly called for others to vote Labour are in breach of the parties rules and could face expulsion from the party. Personally I hope that this does not happen but rather those members now show a renewed commitment to the Liberal Democrats by helping us cover that lost deposit and campaign for our candidates in the May local elections. I am one of a small number of members who pay a monthly amount to the Local Party over and above my national membership subscription. Paying ten pounds a month it will take me over four years to cover that lost deposit. If 40 members join me in paying £10 a month or whatever they can afford our local party finances would be tranformed and we could become an effective political force in Ipswich.

If you would like to help by setting up a regular monthly payment please email our treasurer at treasurer@ipswichlibdems.org.uk or use the donate button on the website.

Trevor Powell