Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates

Here’s the list of Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) selected by the Liberal Democrats for the next (post-2017) general election.

There are some recent selections missing from the list as they haven’t yet been made public, but do let me know about any errors or omissions. Thank you!

What is a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC)?

An introduction to the Liberal Democrats

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But before going on to the full list, a little explanation of the terminology. 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.

Liberal Democrat PPCs 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

  • Aberconwy: Jason Edwards
  • Aberdeen North: Isobel Davidson
  • Aldershot: Alan Hilliar
  • Angus: Ben Lawrie
  • Argyll and Bute: Alan Reid (former MP for the constituency)
  • Arundel and South Downs: Alison Bennett
  • Banff and Buchan: Galen Milne
  • Barnsley Central: Will Sapwell
  • Bath: Wera Hobhouse MP
  • Beckenham: Chloe-Jane Ross
  • Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Simon Hughes’s former constituency): Humaira Ali
  • Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (Michael Moore’s former constituency): Jenny Marr
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed (Alan Beith’s former constituency): Tom Hancock
  • Birkenhead: Stuart Kelly
  • Birmingham Ladywood: Lee Dargue
  • Birmingham Yardley: Roger Harmer
  • Blackley and Broughton: Iain Donaldson
  • Bosworth: Michael Mullaney
  • Brecon and Radnorshire (Richard Livsey and Roger Williams’s former constituency): Jane Dodds
  • Bristol East: Nicholas Coombes
  • Bristol South: Andrew Brown
  • Bristol West (Stephen Williams’s former constituency): James Cox
  • Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Robert Maclennan and John Thurso’s former constituency): Jamie Stone MP
  • Camborne and Redruth: Florence Macdonald
  • Cambridge (David Howarth and Julian Huppert’s former constituency): Rod Cantrill
  • Carmarthen East and Dinefwr: Leena Sarah Farhat
  • Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire: Alistair Cameron
  • Central Devon: Alison Eden
  • Ceredigion: Mark Williams (former MP for the constituency)
  • Cheadle (Patsy Calton and Mark Hunter’s former constituency): Tom Morrison
  • Chelmsford: Marie Goldman
  • Cheltenham (Nigel Jones and Martin Horwood’s former constituency): Max Wilkinson
  • Chesterfield (Paul Holmes’s former constituency): Emily Coy
  • Chingford and Woodford Green: Geoffrey Seeff
  • Chippenham (Duncan Hames’s former constituency): Helen Belcher
  • Christchurch (Dianna Maddock’s former constituency): Mike Cox
  • Cities of London and Westminster: Jonathan Fryer
  • City of Durham: Amanda Hopgood
  • Clacton: Callum Robertson
  • Colchester (Bob Russell’s former constituency): Martin Goss
  • Darlington: Anne-Marie Curry
  • Derby North: Barry Holliday
  • Derbyshire Dales: Robert Court
  • Devizes: Jo Waltham
  • Dulwich and West Norwood: Ade Fatukasi
  • Dunfermline and West Fife (Willie Rennie’s former constituency): Rebecca Bell

Liberal Democrat PPCs E-H

Liberal Democrat PPCs I-L

Liberal Democrat PPCs M-P

Liberal Democrat PPCs Q-T

Liberal Democrat PPCs U-Z

All the above selections are subject to possible re-runs depending on the extent of Parliamentary boundary changes finally agreed.

Related candidate information

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