Richard's General Election Thoughts
Some personal reflections on the general election
I can’t hide the fact that I was disappointed by the Liberal Democrats’ results in the general election. Although we increased our vote share nationally, we ended up with fewer seats in the House of Commons.
Here in Bassett, in the Romsey and Southampton North constituency, the result was more encouraging. Our excellent candidate, Craig Fletcher, won an 11.8% increase in the Lib Dem vote, and showed again that locally we are the main opposition to the Conservatives. I would like to thank everyone in Bassett who put their trust in Craig and the Lib Dems on 12 December.
The general election result also confirmed that Brexit will happen. As someone who has always believed in Britain’s membership of the European Union, I was of course deeply saddened. However, this sadness came with a sense of acceptance. The mandate from the 2016 referendum will now be discharged and the conflict between direct and representative democracy can be put behind us. I very much hope that we can find a way to have a close relationship with the EU while also beginning to heal the divisions that have beset the country in recent years.
Richard Blackman is the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Bassett at the forthcoming Southampton City Local Elections for May 2020. An experienced campaigner on locals and environmental issues, Richard has been campaigning in Bassett for greater action on climate change by the council and further ambition around reducing traffic which paralyses the city. you can contact Richard HERE or via the website contact page.