Most Liberal Democrats would agree that there’s only one Roger Roberts. As I discovered this morning in Sutton, however, there is a second and a darn fine chap he is too. For the Sutton Roger Roberts is the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Worcester Park ward by-election, where he has lived for over thirty years.
Unlike my previous weekend campaign trip, this time I did not come across any interesting signs of this sort nor was I following in the steps of royalty this time. I was instead doing the next best thing, out canvassing with Sutton’s very own Ruth Dombey, councillor and campaigner extraordinaire. And I really shouldn’t be surprised that a campaign Ruth is involved in has such a rather nice way of making sure that campaigners don’t wander off into the wrong area by mistake.
At one point I was stood on the doorstep waiting for a reply as I heard a man walking down the street behind me saying, “… and our election computer database is very poor…”. I turned round, expecting to see that Ruth had bumped into another of the many Lib Dem activists out this morning (including both Caroline Pidgeon and Paul Burstow). But no, it was a local Conservative. Some things are clearly common across parties…
The polling day for Roger Roberts is this Thursday and details of how you can help him are over on Flock Together.