Lib Dems to begin selecting their candidate for next year's General Election later this month

Watford's elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill

Watford's elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill

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Watford’s Liberal Democrats will begin selecting their candidate for next year’s General Election later this month.

The local association will close candidate applications on August 19, according to party an independent party website Liberal Democrat Voice.

The formal contest will be held in September.

News of the meeting comes as Watford’s elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill remains yet to say whether she plans to stand as the party’s parliamentary candidate.

At a hustings before this year’s mayoral election she said she was undecided about whether she would throw her hat into the ring for selection.

At the last election the Lib Dems came within 1,425 votes of taking the seat, which was eventually won by Conservative Richard Harrington.

If the mayor were to run it she would still have three years left on her term at town hall, after she won a fourth consecutive mayoral election in May.

Last month the UK Independence Party unveiled Nick Lincoln as their Watford candidate. The selection means UKIP, Labour and the Conservatives all have their candidates in place for next May.

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12:45pm Mon 4 Aug 14

MJ1 says...

It doesn't matter who they choose. They won't win in Watford. The Lib Dems had their best chance in 2010 at the height of 'Clegg mania' but now he is the most unpopular of all the party leaders. Why would anyone vote Lib Dem to get another Tory government? The bookies agree, Watford is a two horse race between Labour and the Tories.
It doesn't matter who they choose. They won't win in Watford. The Lib Dems had their best chance in 2010 at the height of 'Clegg mania' but now he is the most unpopular of all the party leaders. Why would anyone vote Lib Dem to get another Tory government? The bookies agree, Watford is a two horse race between Labour and the Tories. MJ1
  • Score: 3

12:59pm Mon 4 Aug 14

garston tony says...

I still can't get over how Dotty got re elected as Mayor despite not committing to the job. Proofs in the pudding and just a couple of months into a 5 year term and there's already looming large the possibility that she will actively and publicly be seeking a different elected role in the near future.

How can she be a credible Mayor when she refuses to commit to the full term she has just been elected to, how can she have any credibility when trying to cut costs at the council when she is on the cusp of making a decision that could lead to the need for another costly Mayoral election only a year after the previous one. That’s our money she is wasting there.

And if she does stand for MP and loses how can she have any credibility staying in the role of Mayor when she has shown the entire world she is doesn’t want the job. If this doesn’t just prove that Dotty is only interested in herself and not the town what does?!

Shame on her for not ruling herself out of the running for MP and double shame on her and the Lib Dem party if they do select her as candidate for next years general election and shame on anyone that votes for such a blatant political mercenary
I still can't get over how Dotty got re elected as Mayor despite not committing to the job. Proofs in the pudding and just a couple of months into a 5 year term and there's already looming large the possibility that she will actively and publicly be seeking a different elected role in the near future. How can she be a credible Mayor when she refuses to commit to the full term she has just been elected to, how can she have any credibility when trying to cut costs at the council when she is on the cusp of making a decision that could lead to the need for another costly Mayoral election only a year after the previous one. That’s our money she is wasting there. And if she does stand for MP and loses how can she have any credibility staying in the role of Mayor when she has shown the entire world she is doesn’t want the job. If this doesn’t just prove that Dotty is only interested in herself and not the town what does?! Shame on her for not ruling herself out of the running for MP and double shame on her and the Lib Dem party if they do select her as candidate for next years general election and shame on anyone that votes for such a blatant political mercenary garston tony
  • Score: 4

1:05pm Mon 4 Aug 14

garston tony says...

Its obvious she wants to go for MP, the only thing that is stopping her from doing it is the uncertainty over whether the local Lib Dem group will choose her as candidate. She doesn’t want to reveal her intentions in case she isn’t chosen.

If this isn’t right then why didn’t she categorically rule herself out of the running prior to the Mayoral election?

How she expects anyone to vote for her as MP if she does this I don’t know, but then again enough schmucks voted her back in as Mayor so goodness knows what all too many people are thinking of in this town
Its obvious she wants to go for MP, the only thing that is stopping her from doing it is the uncertainty over whether the local Lib Dem group will choose her as candidate. She doesn’t want to reveal her intentions in case she isn’t chosen. If this isn’t right then why didn’t she categorically rule herself out of the running prior to the Mayoral election? How she expects anyone to vote for her as MP if she does this I don’t know, but then again enough schmucks voted her back in as Mayor so goodness knows what all too many people are thinking of in this town garston tony
  • Score: -1

1:32pm Mon 4 Aug 14

theturpster says...

Bob Hope or no hope?
Bob Hope or no hope? theturpster
  • Score: -9

1:56pm Mon 4 Aug 14

garston tony says...

Ive a negative score at the moment, I take it that the person who voted thumbs down was one of those that put a cross next to Dotty's name at the mayoral elections?

Seriously, what have I said that is wrong. She stands for election to a post that has a five year term but refuses to commit to it and leaves the door open to leaving within a year of winning (and most of that year could be taken up on the election trail dont forget so how much time will she actually spend doing mayoral duties in that time?) and thats okay is it? Deliberately stringing the voting public along is okay is it?

Fine disagree but have the guts to post a response, id love to hear someones justification for this
Ive a negative score at the moment, I take it that the person who voted thumbs down was one of those that put a cross next to Dotty's name at the mayoral elections? Seriously, what have I said that is wrong. She stands for election to a post that has a five year term but refuses to commit to it and leaves the door open to leaving within a year of winning (and most of that year could be taken up on the election trail dont forget so how much time will she actually spend doing mayoral duties in that time?) and thats okay is it? Deliberately stringing the voting public along is okay is it? Fine disagree but have the guts to post a response, id love to hear someones justification for this garston tony
  • Score: 0

4:07pm Mon 4 Aug 14

UkipZionist says...

Time for a political earthquake in this country, lets get UKIP in number 10!
Time for a political earthquake in this country, lets get UKIP in number 10! UkipZionist
  • Score: -9

6:57pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Cuetip says...

Judging by the high number of easy local candidate defections from a fading Tory Party (including 3 Tory leaders) to the 'safe' Liberals, means there is so little to choose between them even if Clegg stood.
Judging by the high number of easy local candidate defections from a fading Tory Party (including 3 Tory leaders) to the 'safe' Liberals, means there is so little to choose between them even if Clegg stood. Cuetip
  • Score: 0

9:51pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Andrew1963 says...

Why would she want to stand for parliament? Surely Clegg has promised a peerage in his resignation honours list next year. She can sit in the Lords with Sal Brinton.
Why would she want to stand for parliament? Surely Clegg has promised a peerage in his resignation honours list next year. She can sit in the Lords with Sal Brinton. Andrew1963
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1:48am Tue 5 Aug 14

Honest Rog says...

Predictably this topic is being hijacked by the Little Englanders of the party that was trounced at Watford's mayoral and local elections. On another post the old chestnut "this is a small country and there's not enough room...." was trotted out. Here's the thing: Those posters who are so blinkered that they believe this tosh, go to any London mainline railway terminus, get on any train in any direction and within 20 minutes you will struggle to be able to see a chimney pot for miles. Overcrowded we aint!
Is Dotty's term 5 years? I was going to respond to Tony's post but dropped off before the end.
Predictably this topic is being hijacked by the Little Englanders of the party that was trounced at Watford's mayoral and local elections. On another post the old chestnut "this is a small country and there's not enough room...." was trotted out. Here's the thing: Those posters who are so blinkered that they believe this tosh, go to any London mainline railway terminus, get on any train in any direction and within 20 minutes you will struggle to be able to see a chimney pot for miles. Overcrowded we aint! Is Dotty's term 5 years? I was going to respond to Tony's post but dropped off before the end. Honest Rog
  • Score: -5

8:59am Tue 5 Aug 14

D_Penn says...

Honest Rog wrote:
Predictably this topic is being hijacked by the Little Englanders of the party that was trounced at Watford's mayoral and local elections. On another post the old chestnut "this is a small country and there's not enough room...." was trotted out. Here's the thing: Those posters who are so blinkered that they believe this tosh, go to any London mainline railway terminus, get on any train in any direction and within 20 minutes you will struggle to be able to see a chimney pot for miles. Overcrowded we aint!
Is Dotty's term 5 years? I was going to respond to Tony's post but dropped off before the end.
Oh come on, of course we are overcrowded!

We are all aware of the food producing fields of our green countryside of which you speak, but the problem is that it is not where people are allowed to live. You talk about being blinkered, but can you not just look around you and see the problem?

Watford has some of the most densely packed wards in Hertfordshire in what is the most densely packed country in Europe. Tiny flats cost a fortune, our hospitals and schools are creaking under the strain, and the roads cannot cope with the traffic.

People deserve better living conditions than they are being forced to accept. We are not rats and should not have more and more people pushed in on top of each other.

Uncontrolled immigration, an ageing population and family break ups have all put impossible pressure on living space in towns right across the South East. It is clear to any logical thinker that we need to control immigration to give us time to catch up. We must build new towns to give everyone who lives in the UK decent sized homes to live in with a proper surrounding infrastructure and plenty of green spaces to enjoy.

If you talk to any mum in Watford about the 'chimney pot' free Utopia you view on you train journey, she would ask just how you think that helps her right now to have more room space in her flat for her children, find school places for them, have a place to park her car and to be able to get to work without spending much of her precious time fighting the Watford traffic. She would also ask why the LibDems are making her situation even worse by encouraging ever more people to live in Watford.

The LibDems are in joint government but I do not see them trying to force the building of new towns to alleviate overcrowding. They are 100% behind the mantra of keeping squeezing in evermore affordable (ie. cramped) housing into every town and village in England.

That truly blinkered approach is ruining town after town across Britain, including Watford.

I'll be interested to hear the views of the candidate that the LibDems choose, but if it's Thornhill, we already know the answer, don't we. It'll be to continue her current policy of build, build, build all over Watford and to hell with the quality of life for existing residents.
[quote][p][bold]Honest Rog[/bold] wrote: Predictably this topic is being hijacked by the Little Englanders of the party that was trounced at Watford's mayoral and local elections. On another post the old chestnut "this is a small country and there's not enough room...." was trotted out. Here's the thing: Those posters who are so blinkered that they believe this tosh, go to any London mainline railway terminus, get on any train in any direction and within 20 minutes you will struggle to be able to see a chimney pot for miles. Overcrowded we aint! Is Dotty's term 5 years? I was going to respond to Tony's post but dropped off before the end.[/p][/quote]Oh come on, of course we are overcrowded! We are all aware of the food producing fields of our green countryside of which you speak, but the problem is that it is not where people are allowed to live. You talk about being blinkered, but can you not just look around you and see the problem? Watford has some of the most densely packed wards in Hertfordshire in what is the most densely packed country in Europe. Tiny flats cost a fortune, our hospitals and schools are creaking under the strain, and the roads cannot cope with the traffic. People deserve better living conditions than they are being forced to accept. We are not rats and should not have more and more people pushed in on top of each other. Uncontrolled immigration, an ageing population and family break ups have all put impossible pressure on living space in towns right across the South East. It is clear to any logical thinker that we need to control immigration to give us time to catch up. We must build new towns to give everyone who lives in the UK decent sized homes to live in with a proper surrounding infrastructure and plenty of green spaces to enjoy. If you talk to any mum in Watford about the 'chimney pot' free Utopia you view on you train journey, she would ask just how you think that helps her right now to have more room space in her flat for her children, find school places for them, have a place to park her car and to be able to get to work without spending much of her precious time fighting the Watford traffic. She would also ask why the LibDems are making her situation even worse by encouraging ever more people to live in Watford. The LibDems are in joint government but I do not see them trying to force the building of new towns to alleviate overcrowding. They are 100% behind the mantra of keeping squeezing in evermore affordable (ie. cramped) housing into every town and village in England. That truly blinkered approach is ruining town after town across Britain, including Watford. I'll be interested to hear the views of the candidate that the LibDems choose, but if it's Thornhill, we already know the answer, don't we. It'll be to continue her current policy of build, build, build all over Watford and to hell with the quality of life for existing residents. D_Penn
  • Score: 1

12:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

garston tony says...

HonestRog, one person posted a one line comment mentioning UKIP. That is hardly a hijacking by their supporters.
You’re the one that actually brought up overcrowding and immigration etc so maybe you were referring to yourself there?

I’m still in the negative, fine people are entitled to their opinions. But is seems they are unable to back their opinions up with any words.

Still waiting for someone to justify someone standing for an elected post but refusing to committing to it for the full term
HonestRog, one person posted a one line comment mentioning UKIP. That is hardly a hijacking by their supporters. You’re the one that actually brought up overcrowding and immigration etc so maybe you were referring to yourself there? I’m still in the negative, fine people are entitled to their opinions. But is seems they are unable to back their opinions up with any words. Still waiting for someone to justify someone standing for an elected post but refusing to committing to it for the full term garston tony
  • Score: 5

12:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

garston tony says...

Oh, and the answer to overcrowding is not to build and pave over every green space in the country either btw
Oh, and the answer to overcrowding is not to build and pave over every green space in the country either btw garston tony
  • Score: 2

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