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Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates

Here’s the list of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates for the December 2019 general election. If you’d like to help them, a great way to start is by joining the party.

Now that Parliament is dissolved, those listed below as ‘MPs’ are not technically MPs any more but I’ve left the labels on for information about who is restanding.

Liberal Democrat candidates by constituency

Jump to the constituency you want:
A-D / E-H / I-L / M-P / Q-T / U-Z

Liberal Democrat PPCs A-D

Liberal Democrat PPCs E-H

Liberal Democrat PPCs I-L

  • Ilford North: Mark Johnson
  • Ilford South: Ashburn Holder
  • Inverclyde: Jacci Stoyle
  • Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander’s former constituency): Denis Rixson
  • Ipswich: Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett
  • Isle of Wight: Remain Alliance seat / no Liberal Democrat candidate
  • Islington North: Nick Wakeling
  • Islington South and Finsbury: Kate Pothalingam
  • Islwyn: Jo Watkins
  • Jarrow: David Wilkinson
  • Keighley: Tom Franks
  • Kenilworth and Southam: Richard Dickson
  • Kensington: Sam Gyimah MP (constituency poll)
  • Kettering: Chris Nelson
  • Kilmarnock and Loudoun: Edward Thornley
  • Kingston and Surbiton: Edward Davey MP
  • Kingston upon Hull East: Bob Morgan
  • Kingston upon Hull North: Mike Ross
  • Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle: David Nolan
  • Kingswood: Dine Romero
  • Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath: Gillian Cole-Hamilton
  • Knowsley: Joseph Slupsky
  • Lanark and Hamilton East: Jane Pickard
  • Lancaster and Fleetwood: Peter Jackson
  • Leeds Central: Jack Holland
  • Leeds East: David Dresser
  • Leeds North East: Jon Hannah
  • Leeds North West (Greg Mulholland’s former constituency): Kamran Hussain
  • Leeds West: Dan Walker
  • Leicester East: Nitesh Dave
  • Leicester South (Parmjit Singh Gill’s former constituency): Chris Coghlan
  • Leicester West: Ian Bradwell
  • Leigh: Mark Clayton
  • Lewes (Norman Baker’s former constituency): Oli Henman
  • Lewisham Deptford: Bobby Dean
  • Lewisham East: Ade Fatukasi
  • Lewisham West and Penge: Alex Feakes
  • Leyton and Wanstead: Ben Sims
  • Lichfield: Paul Ray
  • Lincoln: Caroline Kenyon
  • Linlithgow and East Falkirk: Sally Pattle
  • Liverpool Riverside: Robert McAllister-Bell
  • Liverpool Walton: David Newman
  • Liverpool Wavertree (Luciana Berger’s former constituency): Richard Kemp
  • Liverpool West Derby: Paul Parr
  • Livingston: Charles Dundas
  • Llanelli: Remain Alliance seat / no Liberal Democrat candidate
  • Loughborough: Ian Sharpe
  • Louth and Horncastle: Ross Pepper
  • Ludlow (Matthew Green’s former constituency): Heather Kidd
  • Luton North: Linda Jack
  • Luton South: no Liberal Democrat candidate (Gavin Shuker’s constituency)

Liberal Democrat PPCs M-P

Liberal Democrat PPCs Q-T

Liberal Democrat PPCs U-Z

Related candidate information

After a list of current Liberal Democrat MPs? That’s here.

Interested in becoming a candidate yourself? Take a look at this inside story.

What is a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC)?

An introduction to the Liberal Democrats

Find out more about the party here more

Before an election, candidates are often called Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) rather than just simple candidates. Here’s why…

Way back, the law around election expenses made it very advantageous to avoid officially declaring someone to be your candidate until a few weeks out from polling day. Doing so delayed the point at which campaigning costs had to count against the fixed constituency election expense limit. The later the limit started, the more campaigning you could get in beforehand and then the more campaigning per day you could do during the controlled period as the limit had to stretch over fewer days of campaigning.

As a result, all parties took to using the phrase “Prospective Parliamentary Candidate” or PPC to describe the people they had selected who were going to become their candidate but had been selected sufficiently far in advance that they didn’t want to be called candidates yet. There was then usually an official adoption meeting much closer to the election at which the PPC would be adopted from a field of one and transformed into an official candidate.

These days, there is much less benefit from going through these legal hoops. That’s partly because the variation in time period which your constituency expense limit has to cover depending on when you start calling yourself a candidate has been greatly reduced. It’s also because there is now so much that can be legally excluded from constituency expense limits.

The PPC phrase, however, hangs on both out of habit and because in some very close contests it can still bring some value. It also helps distinguish between someone who has been through the party’s approval process and so is eligible to apply to be a PPC (often called ‘approved candidates’) and someone who is actually a PPC.

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54 responses to “Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates”

  1. If Yeovil is referred to as ‘Paddy Ashdown and David Laws’s former constituency’ then Southport should be ‘Ronnie Fearn and John Pugh’s former constituency’

    • Fair point Nigel. I threw in Paddy as he’s a former leader, but you’re right that makes the list a bit unbalanced. Will amend.

    • Thanks for the prompt Richard. I didn’t list that as when Newton Abbott constituency was created he fought and sadly lost the seat, so he wasn’t really ever MP for it?

    • There’s one that I’m waiting to confirm is now public before adding to the list and I’m sure there will be more along soon. In both Wales and Scotland the existence of elections for their own devolved bodies means that selections for Westminster elections often happens at a slightly slower pace than in England as those devolved elections take priority first.

  2. Please note: The list of PPC’s does not include the Gateshead PPC, Peter Maughan. Peter 9s a long-serving Lib Dem Councillor in Gateshead and has fought a number of parliamentary election campaigns in the N.E. including Jarrow and Blaydon. Peter was formally adopted by the constituency party last year last year.

  3. Mark
    While the full list of selected PPCs may be interesting to some, I feel that a short item on your regular news about how many of the total number of constituencies have selected would give a simple and meaningful picture of where we are ? Phil stone

    • Thanks Phil – will think about that. Although this list is the most comprehensive public list, it’s not always exactly the full list of those selected – e.g. because some haven’t been publicly announced yet. So I worry that a specific number might be misleading – but perhaps it’d be better than nothing?

  4. What is the position in a constituency, e.g. Streatham, where the current MP joins the LibDems but a PCC is already selected ?

  5. Just a question – do we need to allude to previous MPs when the sitting MP is the PPC?
    Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Robert Maclennan and John Thurso’s former constituency) Jamie Stone MP

  6. But, apart from any additions notified by Nicola and others above, that’s only 193 out of 650? If we have an election imminent then the State parties and Regions need to get a move on.!! It would be good to be able to announce ‘we are ready’ to back up Jo’s challenge of ‘bring it on!’

  7. Hi Mark

    You might want to add:

    Beatrice Bass for Hove & Portslade
    Paul Chandler for Brighton Pavilion
    Ben Thomas for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven

    Many thanks!
    Chair – Brighton & Hove Lib Dems

  8. Shouldn’t this entry:
    Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey: Denis Rixson
    read:
    Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander’s former constituency): Denis Rixson

  9. Are LibDem MEPs going to be candidates in the next general election? I see that Irina von Wiese is listed as the PPC for Hammersmith but I understand that her adoption as such was in early March, well before her Euro elections success.

    If LibDem MEPs are candidates, doesn’t that suggest that we are back to the bad old days of the LibDems not taking the European Parliament seriously (see Chris Huhne and Nick Clegg)?

  10. Hi Mark, I cannot find the candidate for Durham on the list. Can you please let me know who it is. Thanks Michael Austin

  11. I know the Alliance Party are not LibDem candidates (but they are our sister party in Northern Ireland) – but you might be interested in listing Naomi Long (former MP for the constituency) is standing in Belfast East.

    • You might want to list all 18 candidates, but even as dual member (and former Alliance candidate) not sure if it wise to include them in the same list.

  12. I am confused as to why, in South Holland & Deepings, there is a Lib Dem, Labour AND a Green candidate running in the General Election (along with a very strong conservative candidate) surely this is counter productive and will mean that the remain parties will have NO chance of winning.

  13. Thanks Mark. Would be great to have this on the party website “find my candidate” … I was asked where our candidate list is … do you know if there are plans to put it on there?

    • Believe so. (This list started after the last election just top capture early selections in the Parliament before official lists kicked in. The truncation of this Parliament meant it has grown into something a bit more!)

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