Disappointingly, there is little doubt that the Conservatives will win this election, or that Charles Walker, the Tory candidate, will once again be returned as MP for Broxbourne. In each case, all that is really in question is the size of the majority.
So, why bother voting? Every extra seat the Conservatives win, every extra percentage point in Charles Walker’s majority, every person who doesn’t vote at all – all these send a signal to the Tories that they can take the voters of this country, and particularly those in “safe” seats like Broxbourne, for granted.
Theresa May has already made it clear that she would rather govern with no meaningful opposition, and Charles Walker’s voting record (for example, consistently voting against slowing the rise in rail fares) is symptomatic of someone who does not have to worry about losing his seat. Strong opposition is a vital part of our political system, helping ensure that voters are not forgotten between elections. The Liberal Democrats are ready to provide that opposition, and set out their ideas for a better direction for our country.
Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote that says “I believe in a better vision for this country”. Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote that says “I believe the best governments, and the best MPs, are properly held to account.” Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote that says “I will not let the Conservatives take me for granted.”