The Liberal Democrats were celebrating a barnstorming performance by Tim Farron in the TV leaders’ debate tonight in which he was applauded throughout.
Alistair Carmichael [pictured above, last November, with Lib Dem Bolsover candidate Ross Shipman and N-E Derbyshire District Councillor David Hancock], former cabinet minister and Liberal Democrat shadow first secretary of state, responded to the debate by saying:
“Tim Farron was the only leader on the stage tonight.
“He got huge applause from the audience throughout, especially when standing up for young people, for our NHS, and for trusting the British people to have the final say on Brexit.
“He was principled and passionate – not only on giving people the final say on Brexit in a referendum, but as the only leader with a real plan for funding the NHS.
“If you are looking for someone to stand up to Theresa May it was clear that he is the only leader capable of doing that.
“If you are unhappy with the direction our country is going in – on Brexit, on the NHS, on schools – then Tim is your leader.
“Tim Farron showed he is the voice for those people who want a brighter future than Theresa May and Nigel Farage’s cold, mean-spirited vision for Britain. He stood up for an open, tolerant and united Britain that we love.”
On Theresa May, Carmichael said:
“The fact that Theresa May wasn’t here tonight tells you exactly what she thinks about you. She is taking you for granted.
“Theresa May wasn’t here but she did send her ambassador Paul Nuttall – and he did a solid job defending their policies. Anti-Europe. Anti-refugees. Slashing schools and hospitals.
“Theresa May launched her manifesto today. Paul Nuttall defended it on ITV.”
On Jeremy Corbyn, Carmichael said:
“This is just the latest example of Corbyn not turning up when it counts. He is supposed to be leader of the opposition but he hasn’t opposed anything.
“Anything he had to say became meaningless when he sided with UKIP and the Conservatives on their extreme version of Brexit.”
Tory and Labour arrogance isn’t just confined to their leadership.
As part of the General Election campaign here in North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, all parliamentary candidates for both constituencies have been invited to a series of local hustings. All candidates have confirmed their attendance in N-E Derbyshire.
However, despite being only days away, two Bolsover candidates have yet to commit to placing themselves under public scrutiny: Conservative candidate Helen Harrison and Labour incumbent Dennis Skinner, whose repeated failings to respond to all forms of invitation have led to him being dubbed locally as “The Bird of Bolsover”.