On being selected, he said:
I am extremely grateful for the support shown by the local members. The people of West Dorset have been poorly served by the Conservative government in Westminster and it’s representatives locally. We will continue to fight against the devastating cuts to the NHS, social care, rural bus services, and schools, all of which are harming communities in West Dorset.
The Liberal Democrats are the only Party providing real opposition to this government and we are ready to provide the voters of West Dorset a credible alternative to the gross mismanagement of the Conservatives.
The West Dorset constituency used to be a long-running Conservative seat in which the Liberal Democrats had high hopes. For four general elections in a row (1997-2010) the Conservative majority was under 4,000. Although by 2017 it had ballooned to over 19,000, the Lib Dem vote was still at 23.5%, giving the local party a rather better base from which to rebuild than in many other places.
In addition to this opportunity, Edward Morello has (at least!) one very impressive local colleague:
You may spot that the card is a local party membership card, rather than one of a national party. That is because the old Liberal Party did not run a central membership system but rather one that was, in effect, a federation of membership systems run by each local association.
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