Thursday, 02 April 2015
It is no secret that the upcoming election is going to be a major test for the Liberal Democrats and that the outcome will likely see many good, hard-working MPs defeated and their staff on the dole.
For the first time in living memory the Lib Dems are heading into an election with a record which we will have to both defend and justify.
The decision back in 2010 to enter into the first coalition since the war was one that many people in the party, including myself believed was unthinkable.
Personally, I never imagined that it would be possible for the Liberal Democrats to go into Government with the Conservatives, a party I had spent the previous 32 years campaigning to keep out of Government!
My politics aren’t left or right, they are Liberal. I grew up in the far South West following the likes of David Penhaligon, David Morrish and John Pardoe. I have always seen the Conservative Party as our natural opposition. Labour, on the other hand, have always been our natural competition whom we compete with to keep the Tories out of power.