The next MP for Oxford East…

by Stephen Tall on April 5, 2006

Congratulations to Steve Goddard, who was last night chosen to be Oxford East’s prospective Parliamentary candidate – and therefore next MP – at the forthcoming general election.

The seat is one of the Lib Dems’ top targets, with Labour clinging on by just 963 votes in 2005, having suffered a 20% swing to to the Lib Dems since 1997.

Steve was up against tough competition: both Julian Huppert and Liz Leffman proved excellent, worthy rivals. Talking with fellow party members at the hustings, we were all agreed what a tribute it was to the local party’s progress in the last decade that such high quality hopefuls were submitting themselves for the seat. I hope all three become MPs – they certainly deserve to be.

Two party election hustings in two months… the next two months are going to seem quite tame in comparison. Oh, except for the minor matter of trying to gain control of Oxford City Council in a month’s time.