James Gurling: Review into the Local and European election campaign

May 30, 2014 9:27 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

As Chair of the Party's democratically elected Campaigns & Communications Committee, Nick Clegg has today asked me to conduct a review into the Local and European election campaign and result. I will be joined in doing this work for Nick by a small group comprised of Cllr Abi Bell - Leader of the Party Group on Hull City Council, Cllr Ruth Dombey - Leader of Sutton Borough Council and George Lyon - former MEP for Scotland.

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have spoken to Nick and we have agreed that this review will be a full and frank one that explores both what went right and what went wrong in the campaign. It is clear that there a number of points on both sides of that ledger and hence plenty of lessons that absolutely can and should be learnt.

Like many in our party, particularly those of us who have been fighting Labour in urban areas, I saw valued colleagues and friends lose their seats on Thursday despite years of diligent work for the communities they serve. So I am personally determined to do all I can to make sure we draw the right conclusions from what happened last week.

Our review will build on the work that is already on-going in parts of the party - such as that being coordinated by English Party Chair, Peter Ellis - and I intend to lead discussions on this at both CCC and FE. But more importantly it is an opportunity to draw on the views and experiences of members and local parties from across the country. If you or your local party colleagues have views or analysis that you would like to contribute then please do email us on elecr@libdems.org.uk.

I have agreed with Nick that we will report back to him before the Summer recess. And I will of course also share my conclusions with the appropriate party bodies at that stage too.

I know that like me every Liberal Democrat member wants to elect as many Liberal Democrat MPs and Cllrs in the 2015 elections as possible. I very much hope that by having an honest and constructive review we will play our part in helping achieve that. I look forward to hearing from you.