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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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