In response to the laughable question posed by one of our last two remaining Liberal Democrat councillors: “Was the loss of the Corby by-election such a loss for the Liberal Democrats?” The obvious answer is an unequivocal yes.
In Corby, as in many other electoral races recently, the Lib-Dems came a pathetic fourth. Indeed their candidate gained so little support, only 1.7 percent of the vote, that she lost her deposit. Moreover, in the other two by-elections held on the same day as Corby, Manchester Central and Cardiff South, the Lib-Dem candidates nearly lost their deposits as well. As one commentator said after the Corby by-election the Lib-Dems have now been consigned to the dustbin of history.
As the Lib-Dem candidate in Corby found to her cost, and, as I suspect the Lib-Dem candidates in the next Scarborough elections will find to their cost, that is if they can persuade anyone to stand for them, saying sorry, “we are so so sorry”, will not be enough to convince the vast majority of the electorate to ever again give their precious vote to a Lib-Dem or indeed to anyone who abuses their trust.
Cllr Norman Murphy