In the 2017 General Election I stood for parliament in the constituency of Vauxhall for the Liberal Democrats.
My opponent, Kate Hoey, had been the MP since 1988. Despite Vauxhall having voted overwhelmingly for remain in the 2016 EU referendum Miss Hoey had backed leave, campaigning side by side with Nigel Farage during the referendum campaign.
The local Labour party subsequently censured her for failing to condemn Mr Farage’s xenophobic and anti-immigrant ‘breaking point’ poster. However, when the election was called they continued to back her as their candidate.
The election campaign in Vauxhall was one of toughest of the general election, With Labour party activists turning up at a event held by the Liberal Democrats to intimidate people arriving.
Although I managed to lead the Liberal Democrats from fourth to second place in Vauxhall, and gained the highest increase in vote share (13.7%) for any Liberal Democrat candidate standing in a Labour held seat, on election night it wasn’t enough. We still finished around 20,000 votes behind.
I wrote about the experience for Liberator – an independent Liberal monthly magazine. I subsequently published the story online on medium.com and the article was then republished by www.politicsmeanspolitics.com
You can read the article here.