Congratulations to Peter Welch…

by Stephen Tall on January 23, 2009

… on being selected as Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Southend West, the seat of David Amess (the chicken-runner from Basildon).

Peter is a Lib Dem blogger, formerly with Liberal Review (in many ways the precursor to LDV), and latterly at his own Eastern/European blog.

The Southend Echo reports:

The Liberal Democrats have appointed Peter Welch to contest the Southend West seat. The party believes he will bring wide experience of politics at national and international level to a parliamentary seat they have always had hopes of winning.

Mr Welch said: “I am enormously pleased to be part of a team which is battling hard for the residents of the town. There is a very strong Liberal Democrat tradition in Southend West and it is a privilege to be taking that forward.”

In 1997, the Lib Dems were just 2,615 votes behind the Tories; at the last election, the Lib Dems were runners-up, with 24% of the vote to Mr Amess’s 46%.

Good luck, Peter!

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Thanks for all these kind words. I’m in the middle of entering an enormous sheaf of survey forms into Liberty Research – reading this was quite a welcome distraction, as well as a surprise.

Southend West is a seat with a great Liberal tradition – and a lot of potential. Campaigning visitors are always welcome!

I’m blogging on yet another blog now “A campaign diary” (address above).

See you in Harrogate hopefully…

PS: personally I try to avoid mentioning chicken runs or cake 😉

by Peter Welch on January 23, 2009 at 8:11 pm. Reply #

Congratulations, Peter! This is great news. Lucky old Southend West. I’ll check the train times…

by Alix on January 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm. Reply #

If he is to do well here then he needs to stop messing around in unwinnable Lib Dem wards like Seven Sisters in Tottenham.

by Tottenham Observer on January 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm. Reply #

TO: amusing comment. I used to live in Seven Sisters (many years ago), and wanted to get back there for the recent by-election. Sadly I couldn’t make it. Will do so at some stage though. I guess you are a Flock Together reader…

Alix: Thanks (There are lots of trains, so I look forward to seeing you. About a tenner for a day return.)

by Peter Welch on January 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm. Reply #

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